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Learning programmes for schools
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"The welcome at the Hostel is warm. The facilities are great - the drying room for wetsuits and soggy towels is a bonus. The food is plentiful (especially the breakfast) - except there were a few groans when the Sunday morning training session began with a 4 mile run - quite a challenge after bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and beans! The COLT ladies had a wonderful room with a lake view which would have cost a fortune in a hotel. Having the kitchen facilities is handy for making early morning and late evening brews and the selection of beers and wine on offer is impressiveThanks to all the staff for looking after us so well. We hope to see you again later in the year."

Kelli Hirst, City of Lancaster Triathalon (COLT) club training weekend, April 2012.

Testimonials

Thank you for making our residential stays a brilliant experience and making the most delicious food ever! Julia Brown, Teacher, Ashfield Junior School, April 2016.

Just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you for everything. You guys always go above and beyond to ensure we have the most incredible stay. Please convey our thanks to the team-particularly Katy for Monday’s brilliant activity afternoon, Nicola for her kindness and Pez for his calmness! Lisa Robinson, Albemarle Youth Group leader, June 2016.

Thank you for having us, we had so much fun. The rooms were nice and soft. The adventures we went on with you were amazing! From Rosie. Year 4, Crook Primary School.

Thank you very much for letting us stay in your huge hostel.  The beds were very comfortable so I got to sleep easy (and that doesn't happen much). But I've got to say that the food was best out of everything!! it kept me going all day. Corey, Year 5, 2015.

I had one of the best weeks of my life although we got very wet! The food was very good especially the breakfast and Cumberland sausage. Also thank you for a brilliant comfy dormitory to sleep in - it was very spacious and well presented! The hostel has some picturesque views - I even saw a red squirrel which looked cute with its big bushy tail and beady eyes. I hope we see you again. Kind regards, Bethan. Hawsker Primary School, Whitby, June 2015

It's not often on a residential that the staff feel so well looked after and pampered, so a big thank you to you and all the staff for making us so welcome and providing fun activities for the children. Zoe McSorley, KS2 teacher, Allonby Primary School, May 2015

I am so glad to see that the hostel continues to grow and cater for its visitors. I've been bringing students to this beautiful house since 2002. It provides an excellent base for carrying out river studies within the Borrowdale Valley. Over the years hundreds of Essex students have been knee-deep in water collecting data, but however cold or wet we have got, a warm welcome has always been provided by the hostel. Students always remember this place: it’s often the first thing they mention to me after years have gone by and they are all grown up. A big thank you from a teacher and all the Thurstable as well as Moulsham students that have been here. Paul Mason (teacher at Moulsham High School and previously at Thurstable School), 20th October 2014.

In April St. George's C of E Academy, Blackpool, enjoyed their 9th successful spring visit to Barrow House. This annual GCSE revision trip has become a firm favourite and highlight in the academic year. We have found the location perfect for the experience we are trying to deliver to our students. From the exceptionally friendly and helpful staff, to the food, the views (including a stunning waterfall that appears to almost fall into the Dining Room!), the space to learn, the downtime opportunities for the students and the access to the wonderful Borrowdale and Watendlath Valleys this place has it all! It even provides us with a real example of sustainable tourism with its water turbine, recycling, local and Fairtrade food, support for red squirrel conservation and local birdlife. We are already planning our tenth visit!

Graham Hulme, Assistant Headteacher, St. George's C of E Academy, Blackpool, April 2014

 

DIH has been the perfect oasis to hold our programmes. From the substantial dorms, spacious workshop and dining areas to the ‘chill-out’ rooms, the hostel really ticked all our boxes. The breath-taking beauty of the Lake District is a wonder for all, but for Mohammad, from Palestine, it was even more! “You didn’t tell me this was heaven on earth”, he exclaimed as he burst into the room, having visited the ‘Surprise View’. Sahdia, Encompass Trust 'Journey of Understanding' leader, February 2014.

Thank you for making us so welcome. Everyone in the hostel was very friendly and kind. I enjoyed sketching the waterfall and watching the wildlife in the gardens. Ashfield Junior School pupil (Year 3), Workington, Cumbria, May 2013.

It was undoubtedly an unforgettable and most memorable experience.  The hospitality, the food and the accommodation was top class and our students were very sad to leave one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Cedar House School leader (English Literature trip), South Africa, April 2013.

The hostel was amazing, with delicious food and wonderful staff who make you feel at home. Philippa, Ireby School pupil, Cumbria, February 2013.

An amazing experience. It inspired me to do Astronomy. Appleby Grammar School student, Cumbria, 2013.

We had excellent service from staff, and the students were made to feel extremely welcome. The standard of accommodation is excellent for the price. Gretl Jackson of Blackburn College, Outdoor Activity Visit, March 2012.

Overall, Derwentwater itself was beautiful and an ideal setting for our weekend, and the hostel, with its fabulous views, hospitality, great food and comfy beds, could not have been better! Thank you for allowing us to have such a fun weekend and we are sure that we will see you again! Birmingham University Wilderness Medicine Society, January 2013

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246
Email: reception@derwentwater.org

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
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