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YHA Buttermere is set in an unrivalled position, overlooking the lake and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England. There are fantastic walks to suit all abilities direct from the door, including Haystacks, made famous by Alfred Wainwright. Buttermere and Crummock Water offer gentle family walks around their shores with plenty to discover and, for the more adventurous, there is great wild swimming potential. Buttermere also offers great cycling routes, gentle rides out towards the Loweswater Fells or over some of the area's steepest passes. 

YHA Buttermere has dorm beds, private rooms and camping.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

The Hostel

YHA Buttermere has 70 beds and offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms as well as camping platforms. The Youth Hostel is a former Victorian slate hotel and is a perfect get away for families wanting a peaceful rural break. We like to think of our hostel as cosy, warm and relaxing, great after a day on the fells. We have a spacious lounge with comfortable furniture, a large dining room with tables, chairs and a bar, and a self-catering kitchen.

Camping Platforms

Set in wooded grounds, we offer camping on our four wooden platforms. Each camping platform is 3m x 2.5m and is ideally suited to a backpacking type of tent.

Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry, with 24 hour access provided via a door code when reception is closed.

Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping area.

Check In
The Youth Hostel reception is available from 5pm for check in.

Opening Times
The campsite is open over the summer holidays and selected weekends throughout the year.

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.


Make sure you start your day with one of our delicious hot and cold buffet breakfasts! 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

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. Our restaurant has superb views of Red Pike and High Stile.

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.


Local ales and wines are available as well as home cooked meals.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our self-catering kitchen makes the best use of the space available with appliances and storage and preparation space. There is plenty of crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots and pans - everything you need to cook a delicious hostel feast.

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The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

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The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 Boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles that require scrambling with your hands. Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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