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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"It's a truly special venue; one of my favourite moments was the children's reaction to seeing the waterfall at breakfast on Saturday. From my point of view thanks so much for all your help in the planning, you have a very patient and reassuring manner! Could you thank all the staff who were on over the weekend, for their help. They couldn't have been nicer, more welcoming or more friendly."

Jenkins family gathering, October 2017

Adventure Activities

Our local partners at Glaramara, provide an exciting range of adventure activities. These activities can be booked and paid for through us, or arranged directly with the provider.

You are of course also welcome to find your own activity providers, or bring your own equipment (please contact us in advance to discuss storage requirements) and provide your own instruction. You can launch small watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, from the shingle lake-shore beach opposite our driveway.


The Glaramara instructors bring all the necessary protective equipment (including waterproofs) and mini-buses to the hostel. Activities include:

Archery (on-site at DIH)

Team-building/problem solving games (on-site at DIH)

Ghyll scrambling

Raft or coracle building

Mine exploration

Kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding (from the lakeshore at the hostel)

Rock climbing and abseiling

Guided fell walking

Mountain biking

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Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
Thank you to Lisa Bamford at Stoats and Weasels for designing our website, and to Sam Snyder for building it.
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