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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"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.

Local information

Nearest Accident and Emergency Unit: Cumberland Infirmary: Newtown Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HY

Nearest surgery: Castlehead Medical Centre, Castlehead Close, Off Ambleside Road, Keswick, CA12 4DB. Tel: 017687 72025. 

or Bank Street Surgery, Bank Street, Keswick, CA12 5JY. Tel: 017687 72438

Nearest Minor Injuries Unit: Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital, Crosthwaite Road, Keswick, CA12 5PH. Tel: 01768 245678. 

NHS Direct 0845 4647:

Dentist: Brundholme Dental Practice: 2 Blencathra Street, Keswick, CA12 4HP. Tel 017687 72096 

Pharmacies: there are three pharmacies in Keswick: Boots and the Co-operative Pharmacy on the Main Street, and Murrays Pharmacy on Station Street.

Outdoor equipment

There are so many outdoor equipment shops in Keswick! You will find many of the big-name chain stores, such as Cotswold Outdoor and Blacks, but there are also several independent specialist shops, such as George Fisher, Needle Sports, Planet Fear, and Rathbones.


Booths Supermarket: this is the biggest food shop in Keswick. It sells a wide range of locally produced food and drink. It is open every day but shuts at 4pm on Sundays.

Co-op mini-store: this is open every day but shuts at 4pm Sundays.

Open all hours: located in St John's Street, opposite the Alhambra Cinema and The Square Orange, this shop does what the name says, up until 10pm! It stocks lots of local ales.

Keswick Main Street market on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Here is a link to the local places of worship:


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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