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"Not sure how in the world this hostel managed to find the nicest people in the entire Lake District and hire them as staff. This place is nothing short of amazing. I've stayed in many hostels and hotels but I've never seen such nice and friendly staff. We stayed here for three nights and I was impressed by the staff's kindness and willingness to go out of their way to help us. The breakfast is delicious and the views from the dorms were unbelievable. The beds are comfy and cozy and the location is excellent as well. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!"

Online review, August 2014

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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