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If you want to get away from it all, then YHA Ennerdale really is the hostel for you. Situated in a remote wooded valley and surrounded by fells, ridges and famous peaks, these converted forestry cottages make for a cosy rural retreat.

Perfect for outdoor activity breaks in the Lake District, YHA Ennerdale is surrounded by sheltered forest tracks for walking and cycling holidays, rock climbing, mountain ridges and scrambling. One of the traditional smaller Youth Hostels, during a stay here you have plenty of time to chat to your fellow travellers and share stories about your adventures out on the mountains. Vehicles are restricted beyond the Bowness Knott car park, so expect peace and tranquility.

If it’s an eco-break you’re looking for then you’ve come to the right place. The hostel has an off-grid, environmentally friendly, hydro-electric power supply and even generates its own drinking water! So you can relax safe in the knowledge that while staying here, you’re doing your bit for the environment.

YHA Ennerdale has dorm beds, private rooms and a camping barn.

The Hostel

The YHA Ennerdale site comprises a hostel, camping and a camping barn. There is space for 24 people in total. You'll find a handy entrance porch to store wet clothes and dirty boots, along with plenty of space to socialise. If you're a keen cyclist or walker, you're in for a warm welcome!

This Youth Hostel has 27 beds available as both private and dorm rooms (one of which is en-suite) as well as a combined dining room and lounge area which has a great atmosphere when filled with guests. Forget the TV, the internet and your mobile phone, this remote Youth Hostel has no mobile phone signal and no Wi-Fi – a tranquil mountain retreat minus distractions from the outside world.

The cosy lounge has amazing views of the surrounding wilderness, a log fire to keep your warm, and a selection of board games so you can go back to basics and make your own entertainment.

(High Gillerthwaite) Camping Barn

A traditional 16th century barn in a remote Lakeland valley, this is an excellent base for exploring the fells, rock climbing and cycling, the barn is also on the Coast to Coast so it's perfect for walking holidays. There are three sleeping areas on first and second floors and a sitting room, cooking area and bathroom on the ground floor. Pre-booked breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals can be arranged with YHA Ennerdale.


Toilets in same building: Yes, there is one toiler
Electric lights: Yes
Electric sockets: No
Hot water: Yes
Showers: Yes, there is one shower
Fridge: No
Cooking facilities: No
Cooking utensils: No
Heater: Yes but only when the hydro turbine is generating excess power
Bunk beds: No
Dogs allowed: No
Wood burner: Yes
Open fire: No
Garden/Grounds: Yes
Camping facilities: No
Meals available: Yes
BBQ area: Yes but guests will need to bring their own disposable BBQ.
Sleeping platforms: 14

Need to Know
Cost per person, per night: from £10.00. Sole use of 14 bed barn: from £199.00 per night. Wood for the woodburner is available at £5 per bag. The heater in the lounge is activated when the hostel's hydro electric turbine is producing excess energy. Please Note: There is currently no traditional camping available at YHA Ennerdale, just our Camping Barn.

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 Ennerdale offers a delicious hot and cold buffet breakfast - the perfect way to start a day in the mountains. The continental buffet to available from 7.45 - 9.00am and the full English fry up is served at 8am. 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

Take part in our nightly Supper Club which gives you the opportunity to indulge in a three course meal – perfect for active holidays – and meet everyone else staying in the hostel as well as get to know your hostel manager a little better. Supper Club is a three course set menu which is served at 7pm. Supper Club is available to the public as well as guests, please book in advance to make sure that we can cater for you.

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.


YHA Ennerdale is licensed so enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer. A selection of hot and cold drinks is also available.

Self-Catering Facilities

At YHA Ennerdale guests can make use of a fully equipped self-catering kitchen with two gas ovens below cookers and a large fridge. The self-catering kitchen is accessible 24 hours a day. Due to the remote location of the hostel and the low amount of electricity available, there is no microwave.

We sell tea coffee and homemade cakes in the afternoons and walkers, passers by and early arriving guests are welcome to come in and use these facilities. An honesty box is available for payment.

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dogsPD YHA EnnerdalePet Friendly?
No sorry
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