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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Thanks again for the hostel facilities and early breakfast provision. Hopefully see you again next year."

Keswick to Barrow Walk Group, May 2019.

Covid Secure Accommodation

Now that we have reached Step 4 of lockdown easing, most government restrictions are no longer in place, however we are maintaining a number of measures to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus and give you a safe and comfortable stay.


We've limited the total occupnacy of the hostel to 75% of our usual maximum, to ensure there is plenty of space for everyone.   We're not yet ready to sell beds in shared dormitories, so you can only book a private room for your party, a tent camping pitch or a camping pod.

Hygiene & Cleanliness

We will continue with our enhanced cleaning routines to keep everything sparkling clean and hygienic.    Hand sanitiser is provided throughout the building and anti bacterial hand soap is provided in bedrooms and toilets.

Your accommodation will have been thoroughly cleaned and well ventilated before your arrival, which is why we are keeping our later 3.00pm check in time, to give us the time we need to clean the hostel properly.

Please let us know if anything needs additional attention.

Face Coverings

Hostel staff will continue to wear face coverings, and we'll ask guests to do so as well, at reception and also in busy areas of the hostel.

During Your Stay

Hostel staff will not enter your room during your stay.

Please maintain social distancing in order to give yourself and other guests the space they need.


Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a large spacious and well ventilated building.    We'll keep exterior doors and windows open to ensure everywhere is well ventilated.

Self Catering Kitchen

The self catering kitchen is open and available for use.    We have identified the self catering kitchen as a place which could potentially become overcrowded, so have retained the following measures to control its use:

  • A maximum of two people will be able to use the cooking area at any one time.
  • We'll ask you to cook alone for your household, in order to allow space for someone else to cook.
  • You'll be able to use the tables in the self catering kitchen in your household groups, although we've reduced the number of tables.
  • We'll keep the kitchen well ventilated with the windows open and the extraction on at all time.
  • The kitchen will be deep cleaned daily, and there will be additional cleaning and sanitisation throughout the day.
We expect the kitchen to be in high demand, so recommend cooking outside of the expected peak times, to avoid disappointment and frustration.

On Departure

We're asking guests to strip beds and leave bedding in a single pile in the room, and to leave bedroom windows wide open.








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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