YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom








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

YHA Skiddaw is a remote mountain hostel ; 3.5 miles from the nearest road and only accessible on foot or by mountain bike! Situated at 470m altitude, on the flanks of Skiddaw, this former shooting lodge offers simple but comfortable bunkhouse accommodation. Stay here for a real escape from it all; with no mains electricity, phone signal, TV or internet to distract from the surrounding wilderness. The building is off-grid, with solar-generated electricity and no mobile signal, internet, or plug sockets. Heat is provided by wood and coal stoves, however there is no heating in the bedrooms so the hostel won’t be suitable for everyone. The managers live onsite and will manage the electricity/stoves during your stay.


The hostel has a cosy lounge with cushioned seating and a woodburning stove. There’s also a piano, dartboard and board games to keep you occupied. There are 22 beds arranged in 1×4, 2×5 and 1×8 bedrooms. All bedding is provided and towels are available to hire.


The combined common room and kitchen has a large dining table with bench seating, a domestic oven and three stand-alone hobs with 12 rings. Pots and pans, crockery, utensils and tea towels are provided. Bathroom There are two showers and four toilets, with reliable hot water from a gas boiler. Towels are available to hire.


There are wood/coal stoves in the lounge and common room to cuddle up around. As Skiddaw House is a remote hostel, please note there is no heating in the bedrooms, but extra blankets and hot water bottles are available. During cold winter – weather you should consider bringing sleeping bags.

Food and Drink:

The hostel has a bar selling a range of wines, spirits and local beers. There is a small shop selling tinned and dried goods. 


The hostel is 3.5 mile walk/mountain bike ride from the nearest road. There is no vehicle access. It is situated 470 metres above sea level and during the winter the paths to the hostel are often covered in snow and ice. The main access points are from Threlkeld, Keswick (Latrigg), Peterhouse Farm, and Mosedale. You should refer to a map to find these routes. Please contact the hostel managers if you would like route-planning advice. Free car parking is available at the main access points listed above. If snow is forecast you should park in Keswick (town centre).  Contact the hostel managers for advice.

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 Skiddaw Bunkhouse. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted.

At YHA Skiddaw House we strive to cater for everybody.The hostel is 3.5 miles from the nearest tarmac road and is only accessible on foot or by bike.
We have:
3 steps at the entrance
Bedrooms on the 1st floor
For more information please download the full access statement here.



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Keswick, Cumbria, United Kingdom
54.651698 -3.1064039999

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