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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"...we have always had the warmest of welcomes and been treated as special guests. Kathy and the staff are wonderful and cannot do enough for us - and after a day's walking, we are always treated to wonderful meals. You cannot ask for better. Barrow House has got to be one of the best Youth Hostels in the Lake District, if not in the North of England"

Andy Eddison, Scout Leader, 265 Sheffield Scouts' walking trip, Easter 2012.

Resources for groups

Please look at the Facilities page of Our Hostel section to see the full list of our facilities. However, the resources and facilities that are of particular relevance to school and youth groups include:

  • Educational resources and advice
  • Well-established partnerships with local adventure activity providers
  • Large grounds with wild meadow (seasonal), woodland, stream and waterfall
  • Small wildlife hide
  • Hostel hydro-electric scheme: group tours available
  • Projector, screen and flipchart stand
  • Whiteboards in two rooms
  • Photocopying, printing and fax facilities
  • TV, Video & DVD
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool and table tennis
  • Selection of outdoor and indoor games
  • Small library of local reference books
  • Local maps & information
  • Free help-yourself tea & coffee for group leaders
  • Lake access for launching small watercraft
  • On-site coach and car parking
  • Superb mix of habitats within walking distance
  • Keswick Launch jetty (Ashness Jetty) near the hostel
  • Speakers available: National Park Authority, National Trust, Mountain Rescue, or Forestry Commission

Classrooms/meeting rooms

The two dining rooms double up as classrooms with whiteboards and screens available for both. The large dining room can seat around 75. The small dining room can seat 30-40. The lounges and games rooms can also be used as meetings rooms as required. Please ensure that you have booked a meeting room in advance.




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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