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The iFootpath Directory - YHA Eskdale

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YHA Eskdale

This tranquil hostel is set in 15 acres of private grounds nestling in the peaceful western fells, amongst a landscape of woods, rivers, rugged hills and sheep. YHA Eskdale is on the doorstep of the highest and most challenging Lakeland peaks such as Scafell but is also ideal for delightful riverside and woodland walks.

YHA Eskdale has the best of both worlds - situated on the edge of arguably the Lake District's most awe-inspiring wilderness area but with a choice of good pubs within a short walk. It's the perfect place for nature watching and the 15 acres of grounds and gardens are a haven for wildlife with red squirrels and lots of bird species.

The hostel even has its own bird hide for guests to bird spot in comfort. From the highest point on the nature trail you can see beyond the mountains to the sea. A trip on Eskdale’s L’aal Ratty steam railway or a short drive will take you out to explore the Cumbrian coast with its mixture of beaches, places of interest and cliff walks at St Bees.  For those needing a cultural break from outdoor activities, Eskdale valley abounds in archaeology with stone circles, Viking crosses and the nearby Hardknot Roman fort.

YHA Eskdale is an environmentally friendly hostel and uses renewable energy. YHA and guests staying at YHA Eskdale have a reduced carbon footprint as YHA Esdale’s heating and hot water is provided by renewable energy using biomass and a proportion of our electricity is generated by solar panels.  

- Walking to suit all abilities from the ascent of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England to leisurely riverside strolls. 
- Great climbing on Hare Crag (described as the Yosemite of the Lakes for its variety) behind the hostel. 
- A highlight is wild swimming in the crystal clear plunge pools of the River Esk or in secluded tarns dotted on the surrounding hills.
- Excellent cycling in the area on trails out to the coast or on road over the high mountain passes. Mountain bike hire is available nearby.

YHA Eskdale has dorm beds, private rooms and camping.

The Hostel

Dining room with bar and lounge with oak furniture, sofas and open fire enable dining and relaxation in comfort. Perfect for hiding away with a good book or socialising with friends and other guests. On a summer's evening, throw open the dining room bay windows and have a meal or a drink on our picnic terrace surrounded by the amphitheatre of hills. In winter, stay inside and cosy in front of a roaring log fire. Although YHA Eskdale has a full catering service we also provide a fully equipped  self-catering kitchen. YHA Eskdale has a drying room. There is a study room for groups to use of, making YHA Eskdale a great base for schools.

There are 47 beds across 10 bedrooms. Private rooms are available for families or groups of friends. Two bedrooms with double bed can sleep families of five. Dormitory beds are also available for individual travellers. Most of the rooms have fabulous views across the surrounding fields and mountains. Family rooms and safe outdoor play areas make Eskdale great for children.


YHA Eskdale has limited camping space. There are two small, private pitches available beside a beautiful stream and then two more over the bridge which were lovingly prepared by volunteers from the Bolsover Woodland Trust. These pitches are suitable for two person tents only as they are too small for family tents. This is wild camping - but with great facilities!

Camping guests have daytime access to all in-hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen and showers. There is also night time access to toilets.

Car parking is available in the hostel car park, around 30m from the camping pitches.

Check In
Check in times are from 9-10am and from 5-10pm.

Important Information
Campfires are strictly prohibited and there are no BBQ facilities.

Hire the Whole Place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.


YHA Eskdale offers a hot and cold buffet breakfast. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring.

Supper Club

Good home cooking is available to re-fuel you after your busy day in the Lake District. This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a three course meal served at a set time and sold at a set price. Guests in the Youth Hostel will have the opportunity to all sit around the table together and share stories with their fellow travellers - this is the authentic hostelling experience! Supper Club is served at 7pm.

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is avaialable per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


A selection of alcoholic drinks is available at this licensed hostel as well as hot and cold drinks.

Self-Catering Facilities

The well-equipped self-catering kitchen has a range of equipment including ample crockery, cutlery and saucepans.

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CA19 1TH

This entry was added on Monday, 27 June 2016 11:51

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