YHA Black Sail

Beds / Sleeps

What we have to offer

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

Black Sail, our most remote location, is a former shepherds bothy offering simple accommodation with a real mountain hut atmosphere. It stands at the head of the remote Ennerdale Valley, surrounded by some of the highest, most famous Lakeland peaks. Great for getting away from it all.

There is a compact self-catering kitchen with domestic appliances.

16 beds: 2x4 and 1x8 bed rooms.

There is no car access to YHA Black Sail. Restrictions on vehicle movements have been made by the landowners who are committed to making the Ennerdale valley as wild as they possibly can - this really is getting away from it all!

The nearest parking is at Bowness car park (7 miles), Bleach Green car park (8 miles) or in the Buttermere Valley at Gatesgarth Farm. It is not possible to park at YHA Ennerdale.

For Exclusive Hire of YHA Black Sail, all of your party must be prepared to walk to and from Black Sail with their belongings for an adventure to remember!

Other facilities
The dining room/lounge seats 16 and has a solid fuel stove. There are basic facilities with limited electricity supply and a telephone for 999 calls only. This property is suitable for children under the age of three years.

YHA Black Sail welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.

Need to know

If you don’t see availability online for the dates you require, please call us on 0800 0191700


At YHA Black Sail we strive to cater for everybody. The hostel has no road access and can only be reached on foot. None of the facilities currently meets modern standards of accessibility.

We have:

  • Ground floor rooms

For more information please download the full access statement here (97KB)

In the area

Great Gable, High Crag, Pillar, Red Pike and Kirk Fell are all on the doorstep. Buttermere (3.5 miles by mountain path), Honister Pass (2.5), Ennerdale (4).

Hostel amenities

  • Bed linen provided
  • Cot
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Private Garden
  • Children

Things to do

  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing

Discounts on your stay

Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

Find out more information about YHA membership and the fantastic benefits.

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

How to find us

Our Address

YHA Black Sail
Black Sail Hut,
CA23 3AY



Walking/cycling access only via Bowness Knot in the Ennerdale Valley, 6 miles.
Also via Buttermere, 6 miles, Honister, 4 miles and Wastwater, 6 miles.

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Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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