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017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"I just wanted to say what a lovely stay I had. The homemade food was well above the standard I would have expected and the relaxed and cosy atmosphere (facilities and staff included) made it so welcoming. The location is obviously outstanding, but you do more than rely on the surroundings, which is what makes all the difference. Thanks again for a great stay and I hope to see you again in the future. "

Helen Mackey, Expedition Medicine Course, March 2015


Situated in the Borrowdale Valley, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a magnificent Grade II listed Georgian house, standing in 17 acres of grounds, with a beautiful waterfall, wildlife-rich woodland, and a large grass play area. 

We became independent of the Youth Hostels Association in November 2011 and today the hostel is managed by Tim Butcher as a charitable not-for-profit company. 

Our hostel remains committed to giving young people affordable access to the Lake District National Park, combined with the spirit of adventure and community which our hostel offers to all. We look forward to answering your questions and welcoming you to Derwentwater Independent Hostel.

The inspiring view from Derwentwater Independent Hostel

The view from Derwentwater Independent Hostel: an inspiring place for individuals, groups, and families.


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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