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YHA Borrowdale is perfect for outdoor activity breaks, school trips and family breaks. This large Lakeland hostel has a fabulous valley location with fine mountain scenery and a warm, informal atmosphere. The hostel is a longstanding Lake District favourite, a recommended stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and an ideal bolt-hole for anyone with their sights set on a stress-free high level activity holiday.

This is a landscape of epic proportions and pioneers; not only is the Lake District England’s largest National Park, it is home to the country’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake – Wastwater, plus Great Gable is believed to be the birthplace of British rock climbing. High-level adventure for climbing holidays or hiking holidays, and family-friendly walking holidays await you and bustling Keswick is only seven miles away. Enjoy river bathing in crystal clear water during summer and cosy log fires in winter.

YHA Borrowdale has dorm beds, private room, camping and camping pods.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

The Hostel

YHA Borrowdale 86 beds including a selection of dorm beds and private rooms as well as camping pitches. This large Lake District hostel is cosy and full of character - perfect for adventure holidays. All-in-all, with its exceptionally welcoming staff, well-stocked bar, great value meals, extensive grounds and campsite, YHA Borrowdale and the breath-taking beauty you’ll find outside make for a lovely Lakeland stay.

Camping Pods

If you like camping, you'll love these wooden camping pods! We have three Standard Pods at YHA Borrowdale, each sleeping three people, and a stay in them will include all the fun of camping plus protection from the elements, they even have heaters. Bring all your usual camping gear, apart from sleeping bags and mats - there are three futon beds with bedding. Each pod has its own individual decking area - perfect for a disposable BBQ!


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

Set in large grounds on the banks of the river Derwent and surrounded by high Lakeland fells, YHA Borrowdale is popular with campers throughout the summer months.There is room for up to 25 campers to sleep comfortably.

Facilities Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry from 7am until 11pm.
There are separate campsite toilets and showers which are open 24 hours a day.

Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping field, which means you won't be trudging around for miles with your camping gear!

Check In
The Youth Hostel reception is open from 7am until 11pm and campers can check in any time from midday onwards.


Start your day the YHA way with our hot and cold buffet breakfast which includes full English as well as continental items. Breakfast is served from 7.30 until 9.00am. 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.


Daily specials are available in YHA Borrowdale's restuarant from 6.00pm. All dishes are freshly prepared. If you're passing by, pop in and join us - our restaurant is open to the public as well.

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.


This hostel is licensed so enjoy a Cumbrian ale or a glass of wine as you relax after your day exploring the Lake District. Real ale from local breweries and craft lagers are available on tap from the bar.

Self-Catering Facilities

We have a well-equipped self-catering kitchen with two large fridges, one small fridge, three gas hobs, two electric ovens, one microwave, two toasters and a water boiler.

We serve hot drinks and homemade cakes all day.

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