Adhering to government guidance
For the foreseeable future, YHA Ennerdale will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only. If you are interested in staying for a purpose which you believe is within current government regulations, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current government guidance on gatherings in self-catering accommodation. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.
To find out more about our Covid-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.
Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.
If you want to get away from it all and catch a true taste of the Lake District, 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.
What is great about YHA Ennerdale?
Ennerdale valley has some spectacular upland walks and some equally lovely low-level routes to explore.
Remote and sheltered Lakeland location.
Ideal for activity breaks with your loved ones.
The self-catering kitchen contains two domestic sized cookers, a large fridge-freezer and a range of kitchen utensil, crockery, and cutlery for 24 people. Tea towels, bin bags, washing up liquid and soap are provided.
Dining room and lounge
The combined dining room and lounge area has beautiful views across the surrounding fells with seating 24 on a variety of tables and chairs. There is also a log burner in the lounge area where guests can get cosy after a day’s exploring. Highchairs are also available.
There is a large garden surrounding the property which is perfect for the little ones to let off some steam.
Take the place for yourself.
For family, for friends, for running clubs, for walking groups, for hens, for stags, for you and yours.
YHA Ennerdale includes 20 beds:
- Two 4 bedded rooms includes two sets of bunk beds with washbasins.
- Two 6 bedded rooms includes three sets of bunk beds with washbasins.
Please be aware that there are no electric sockets in the bedrooms.
All bedlinen is provided.
There are four showers, two toilets and seven washbasins. Please bring your own towels. Soap is available with every sink. Toilet paper is also provided.
Ennerdale is a wonderful playground for upland walks and low-level routes alike.
Two wheeled enthusiasts can find some excellent riding around the forest tracks and for the more adventurous cyclists, you will find some amazing mountain bike routes.
Visit the Wild Ennerdale Valley project to experience a sense of wildness, increasingly rare in this busy urban world we live in.
Need to know
Ennerdale is the perfect location to get away from the stresses of modern-day life.
Situated in the Lake District National Park, there are endless rambling and cycling opportunities in the surrounding area, suited to all tastes and interests. The views are pretty spectacular too! Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most lively natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK, which makes a great day out for the family. The area is also great for orienteering and horse riding, with many remote picnic areas to enjoy on a summer’s day.
Make YHA Ennerdale your chosen holiday location in the Lake District National Park today.
There is parking for six cars in the grounds. Approach along a forest track, which can be very bumpy. Please take care.
On the A66 from Keswick, turn off at Cockermouth onto the A5086. Turn left at Lamplugh, passing Lamplugh church, then left passing Inglenook Caravan Park. Continue to the T junction in the hamlet of Croasdale. Turn left here into Croasdale, and follow the road to Bowness Knott car park. Drive along the forest track for 2 miles to reach the hostel.
YHA Ennerdale welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.
At YHA Ennerdale we strive to cater for everybody. We have one ground floor room, but none of our bedrooms or bathrooms currently meets modern standards of accessibility.
We also have:
Step-free access into the hostel
For more information please download the full access statement here.
Please note: the hostel manager lives onsite, in a separate building within the hostel grounds.
Check-in and Check-out times
On the day of arrival, the Hostel is available from 4.00pm. On the day of departure you are asked to vacate by 10am.
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!
To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab. Please note that YHA membership discount is only available when you book direct through YHA.