Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Idyllically situated on the shore of Derwentwater, nestling in the hills and crags of famous Borrowdale. We are just a lovely 2 mile lakeside cycle ride from Keswick and the C2C.


Our historic 1780s Georgian mansion has been home to many a youth hosteller since 1961. 88 beds across 11 bedrooms are perfect for groups, families and individuals; action packed adventure or quiet relaxation in glorious scenery, you are always guaranteed a memorable stay. Within our own grounds we have a 108ft private waterfall, acres of woodland and our own hydro-electricity plant. We have a large secure bike shed and some highly recommended little known local cycle routes. Mountain bikers will relish the challenge of the "Borrowdale Bash" as well as the spectacular permanent courses at the Forestry Commission mountain forest centre at Whinlatter.

A great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences the hostel has plenty of lounges and games rooms. Family rooms are available. We offer a full meal service with a good reputation for home made food and the ability to cater for special diets. The hostel bar stocks local ales and a good selection of wines and soft drinks. The grounds are teaming with wildlife, with plenty of space for children to play, football goals, picnic tables and ample parking.

Borrowdale has something for everyone, walks along the lake shore, challenging mountains, water sports, mountain biking, climbing, gorge scrambling and tourist attractions. The C2C route passes close by.

Friendly staff will advise and welcome you to this family run hostel.


From around £15.50


  • Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Secure Bike Lockup
  • Dry Room
  • Bike Washing
  • Clothes Washing
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Credit Cards
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed Bar

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Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5UR

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