YHA Hawse End Bunkhouse

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom








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

Located on the shores of picturesque Derwentwater, at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley, this is a traditionally built, stone cottage in the grounds of Hawse End Centre. The cottage is situated at the foot of Catbell’s which Alfred Wainwright described as one of his favourites which, “while modest in height, offers splendid views”.

The nearby famous Lake District Town of Keswick can be accessed via a short cruise on Dewentwater, and the launch stop is conveniently close to the cottage. For those more active there is a Lakeside walk around Derwentwater which also takes in Keswick.

This is a truly stunning location, with Derwentwater only metres from the cottage door.

There is a self-catering kitchen area with domestic sized oven, hob, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, crockery & cutlery for 24 people. 

There are 24 beds: 4 x 4, 1 x 6 and 1 x 2 bed rooms. Rooms have adult size bunk-beds, and all bed-linen is provided.

There is parking in the grounds for eight cars.

From Penrith and the M6 Take Exit 40 and follow A66 follow road signposted for Portinscale, just west of Keswick junction. Follow the road through Portinscale continuing for approx. 3 miles following signs for Hawse End Centre. Pass the Derwentwater Marina and go straight on past two right hand signposts to Ullock and Stair. The turning to the centre is on the left directly opposite the Swinside Lodge Hotel. Follow this drive along to Hawse End Centre, the Cottage is further along the road.

Other facilities
There is a kitchen/diner with folding chairs and tables seating up to 16 and a separate living room, a patio with picnic tables, barbeque and views of the lake. The hostel is centrally heated. 

In the area
This Centre is located amongst the Northern Lake District’s mountains and lakes, so visitors are never short of anything to do! Keswick, can be reached via road and launch for shopping, cinema, museums, cafés, restaurants and the “Theatre by the Lake”. There is also a pub within walking distance. Outdoor activities (kayaking / canoeing / sailing / ghyll scrambling / rock climbing / abseiling / archery) can all be booked in advance, if required, for adults and/or children, and will be led by the Centre’s experienced and well qualified Outdoor Leaders.

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.

Registered guide dogs are welcome at YHA Hawse End. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted.



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Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom
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