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017687 77246 or
Jo and Ned Wilshire, guests at Spring wedding, April 2012.
Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, our much-loved hostel occupies Barrow House, an elegant Georgian house overlooking Derwent Water and surrounded by dramatic mountains. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, 88 bed spaces in 11 bedrooms, delicious homemade meals, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, wildlife-rich grounds and our own waterfall and hydro-electric plant, we are an ideal location for individuals, groups, and families.
Derwentwater Independent Hostel is also a registered charity, aiming to provide affordable, enriching, and adventurous learning-outside-the-classroom experiences for young people. Please look at our 360° Education + Adventure section to learn about the exciting opportunities for school and youth groups.
News and events
Welcome to our new manager Tim Butcher and his family, and thank you to Kathy and Dave for their wonderful work over the past 25 years.
Winter offers, cake, kayaking and volunteer news in our October newsletter.
Learn all about the moths around the hostel in our September newsletter.
DIH Fund: we can subsidise school and youth group residentials, up to £1000 per group. Please get in touch for more information. Please feel free to download and distribute these posters to help us publicise the fund. School group poster. Youth group poster.
Field Studies Council (FSC): we have teamed up with the FSC to offer field work and environmental education sessions in our grounds and the local area (transport available at cost), from KS2 to degree level. Please click here or get in touch for more information.
Click here to see a photo report of a recent educational residential, generously subsidised by the Hadfield Trust. Click here for our latest newsletter. Click here to see a presentation of Barrow House history material from 1927 - 1932. Thank you to Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) for sharing these documents with us.
www.keswick.org has very good up to date information about events and things to do locally.