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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.


Borrowdale has a superb range of routes, from easy scrambles to modern test pieces. Shepherd's Crag is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the hostel. The Brown Slab area is justly popular with beginners. The Shepherd's Café (High Lodore Farm) is a great place for refreshments after battling up Little Chamonix. Troutdale Pinnacle on Black Crag is the stand-out route of the valley. If you prefer the high mountain crags, Gillercombe Buttress and The Great Napes are easily reached from the head of the valley.

Please get in touch with us for up-to-date recommendations of climbing instructors.

Indoor Climbing Walls 

Kong Adventure, in the centre of Keswick: Ice wall, bouldering, play area, auto-belay, climbing competitions, small cafe.

Keswick Climbing Wall: An excellent facility with tuition available. Opposite the Castlerigg Stone Circle, on the east side of Keswick. Tel 017687 72000.

There are also climbing walls in Ambleside, Carlisle, Maryport (Clip n Climb - very child-friendly) and Kendal.

High Ropes course

Whinlatter Forest has the highest Go Ape course in the country:

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

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