Skiddaw House YHA

Situated at 1550ft on the slopes of Skiddaw and only accessible on foot or by bike, this traditional hostel offers a real escape from it all with the friendly atmosphere of an alpine hut.


The Location:

3.5 miles from the nearest road and surrounded by mountains, Skiddaw House is perfect for those who love wild and remote places. The hostel can be reached by bike from four directions: Mosedale/Mungrisdale, Bassenthwaite, Keswick and Threlkeld. Mountain bikes are the sensible choice for the tracks around the hostel; road cyclists will have to walk part of the way, whichever route they take. The hostel sits in the middle of a popular mountain biking loop from Keswick: Please note that the railway line cycle way between Keswick and Threlkeld is currently closed (due to flood damage).

Hostel Facilities:

Book a private rooms, dorm bed or hire the whole hostel. The hostel has 22 beds, a large common room with wood-burning stove, a smaller cosy lounge/games room and complete self-catering facilities. There are two showers (with reliable hot water), towels can be hired and all bedding is provided. There is no mains electricity, phone signal, TV or internet to distract from the surrounding wilderness. Solar panels provide light and hot water, while wood-burning stoves provide the heating. There is no heating upstairs, but hot water bottles are provided and the rooms are well insulated.

The hostel is self-catering, but our small shop stocks everything you need for breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals. We also sell a range of local ales, wine and whiskey, so there’s no-need to carry a heavy bag (or panniers) up the hill.

There is a lockable shed for bike storage.

Book via the YHA website, email the hostel for group bookings.


From around £15.00


  • Children Welcome
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Secure Bike Lockup
  • Dry Room
  • Garden
  • Breakfast
  • Licensed Bar

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