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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016

Adventure activities

Our local partners, Glaramara and Platty+, provide an exciting range of adventure activities. These activities can be booked and paid for through us.

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 windsurfers, 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

Tyrolean gorge crossing

Raft or coracle building


Mine exploration

Kayaking and canoeing

Rock climbing and abseiling

Guided fell walking

Mountain biking

Via Ferrata at Honister


The Platty+ base is a 20 minute walk from the hostel. The Keswick Launch stops at its jetty. Activities include:

Dinghy sailing

Dragon boat



Viking-style long boat

Stand up paddle boarding

Raft building


Keswick Adventure Centre

Indoor climbing wall

Stand-up paddle boarding

Water walkers (standing inside a tethered inflatable ball on the lake!)

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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