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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"I just wanted to say another huge thank you to all of you for making our visit so lovely – as always. The hostel looks amazing and is obviously a reflection of all of your team’s hard work. The children (and adults!) had a fantastic time."

Michelle Crowley, Teacher, Ghyllside Primary School, May 2015.

Geocaching and orienteering

The hostel has its own small orienteering course. There is also good selection of orienteering courses and trails for children and adults at Whinlatter Forest Park:

Geocaching is becoming increasingly popular in Borrowdale. There is a brilliant circular 3 mile walk, called the Borrowdale Triangle (BT), which passes though the hostel grounds. It takes in Cat Gill, Walla Crag, and Ashness Bridge, connecting 10 caches (little hidden boxes containing log book and perhaps some surprise treasure!). Can you find them all? You can learn about geocaching and log your finds at

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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