About YHA Borrowdale

Bolt-ons available here

Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Castle Crag on the doorstep

YHA Borrowdale is an 86 bed hostel including a selection of dorm beds and private rooms, as well as a number of camping pods and camping pitches. This hostel is a true Lakeland classic, ski valley vibe, cosy log fire, breathtaking beauty and friendly and enthusiastic staff. The hostel has free Wi-Fi, a room available for meetings/studying and all the onsite facilities you would expect from YHA.

The hostel makes a great base for school groups offering the opportunity to add on adventurous activities delivered through our activity partners Carnegie Great Outdoors. In addition to this the hostel is superbly located for carrying out self-led Geography/Geology and Ecology related fieldwork for GCSE and A-level requirements. The hostel has good access to woodland, the river Derwent for river studies and freshwater ecology, whilst the nearby town of Keswick is perfect for studying the impacts of tourism and other related issues.  Finally, the Borrowdale Volcanic group will always be a great fieldwork study for budding Geologist.

For social groups and walking and climbing groups the hostel is superbly located to access some of the most iconic climbing and walking routes in the Lake District including Scarfell Pike, Great Gable, Catbells and Castle Crag to name a few.

Additional activities and attractions nearby include Honister Slate mine, Keswick pencil museum, boat cruises on Derwentwater of for something a little different – a spot of dragon boating.

All in all, YHA Borrowdale is a superb setting for all group getaways, with great access to the surrounding landscapes and towns, and for those who like to settle down with a drink after a full day of adventure. YHA Borrowdale also boasts the best pub in the Village.


  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking
  • Nearby parking
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

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Visit England accredited

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels
across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards,
please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

LOtC Awarded

YHA Borrowdale has been given the LOtC award.

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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Borrowdale

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.

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Adventure Bolt-on

The British countryside offers a near-endless number of opportunities to explore, discover new things and try unusual activities.

Working with our approved AALA licenced partners they provide real, safe and thrilling experiences out in the great outdoors. We can offer a range of adventurous activities on a half-day and full-day basis so you can really make your residential trip suit you.


All our activities are in the real outdoors. Once booked you’ll be contacted by our partners who will discuss any specific requirements you may have.

Our most popular activities are listed below:

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Raft building
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Mountain Walk
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54.518275, -3.152401

YHA Borrowdale

OS Map:89 / 90
OS Grid Ref:NY254142
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