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017687 77246 or
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"The welcome at the Hostel is warm. The facilities are great - the drying room for wetsuits and soggy towels is a bonus. The food is plentiful (especially the breakfast) - except there were a few groans when the Sunday morning training session began with a 4 mile run - quite a challenge after bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and beans! The COLT ladies had a wonderful room with a lake view which would have cost a fortune in a hotel. Having the kitchen facilities is handy for making early morning and late evening brews and the selection of beers and wine on offer is impressiveThanks to all the staff for looking after us so well. We hope to see you again later in the year."

Kelli Hirst, City of Lancaster Triathalon (COLT) club training weekend, April 2012.

Walking

Borrowdale is a fantastic area to explore by foot, with plenty of routes to suit a range of abilities and preferences. You can walk up the highest mountains in England (over 900m above sea level), such as Scafell Pike and Skiddaw, or you can enjoy the low-level walks by the lakeshore and through beautiful woodland.

Click here for our printable brochure of local walks 

A Walk of Art

This self-guided 8 mile walk starts and finishes at Derwentwater Independent Hostel. It was developed in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society for the Discovering Britain series of geographical self-guided walks. You can find out more information about it here:

http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/north-west-england/borrowdale.html.

You can also borrow booklets of the route instructions and commentary from the hostel reception. The booklets are free to borrow but we request a deposit of £10.

Orienteering and geocaching

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: www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatterforestpark

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

Organised walks

There are regular led mountain walks from the Information Centre in Keswick throughout the season. For details ring 017687 71292, see www.keswickrambles.co.uk or see the hostel notice board. The National Trust and National Park also organise occasional various guided walks/farm visits/nature days.

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246
Email: reception@derwentwater.org

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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