YHA Black Sail (Youth Hostels Association)

Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, United Kingdom








Due to the coronavirus pandemic our hostels are unavailable for bookings until 17th July 2020. If you are able to donate to support YHA’s charitable work at this difficult time, we’d be very grateful. Support YHA

We are offering our hostels to the NHS, homeless organisations and public sector services. For support please email [email protected]

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

YHA 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.

There are 16 beds in the following layout: 2×4 and 1×8 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 YHA Black Sail with their belongings for an adventure to remember!

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.

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 meet modern standards of accessibility. We have: ground floor rooms.




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Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, United Kingdom
54.5003379 -3.2448097

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