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"Just a quick email to say thank you so much for the fantastic stay last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and made memories that will last them a lifetime. We love staying with you and it is definitely a home from home now. Thank you to all your staff for making us feel so welcome. The food was a hit with everyone and now my diet must start!"

Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School, May 2019

50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4

The National Trust has developed a fantastic range of free activity ideas for children, entitled 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 ¾. However, they are just as fun for the young at heart! We think you can achieve about 40 of them in Borrowdale - how many can you do in our grounds?! You can pick up record booklets from Derwentwater Independent Hostel, the National Trust shop in Keswick (opposite the Keswick Launch jetties and adjacent to the Theatre by the Lake), or the National Trust 50 Things website. Here are some of the 50 Things that you can do in our grounds...

  1. Climb a tree
  2. Roll down a hill
  3. Build a den
  4. Run in the rain
  5. Fly a kite
  6. Make a sticks trail
  7. Make a mud pie
  8. Make a daisy chain (seasonal)
  9. Make some wild art
  10. Walk barefoot
  11. Make a grass trumpet
  12. Gaze at the stars
  13. Hunt for bugs
  14. Play in the snow (seasonal)
  15. Pick blackberries (seasonal)
  16. Play conkers (seasonal)

Some of the 50 Things that you can do in the Borrowdale Valley (most within a 20 minute walk of the hostel):

  1. Camp out
  2. Catch a fish
  3. Skim stones (on Derwent Water, at the bottom of our driveway)
  4. Go swimming (in the lake not the sea)
  5. Climb a huge hill - plenty to choose from in Borrowdale!
  6. Get inside a tree - a brilliant one on the west side of Derwent Water, next to the lake shore path as you approach Hawes End Activity Centre 
  7. Explore a cave 
  8. Visit a farm 
  9. Play pooh sticks - there is a brilliant bridge for this, over the River Derwent, between the Lodore Falls Hotel and Manesty. There is even an AA Milne quote on the bridge!
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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