About YHA Borrowdale

Bolt-ons available here

Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Castle Crag on the doorstep

River bathing in the summer, cosy log fires in the winter, and enthusiastic staff all year round. YHA Borrowdale is perfect for groups who want to experience the great outdoors – Lake District style! This large hostel is a Lakeland favourite, boasting the best pub in Borrowdale and a fun ski chalet vibe. Whether you’re a hiking group or school trip, our mountainous location is hard to beat.

This hostel has free Wi-Fi in its communal areas and plenty of on-site facilities for a great field trip. There’s a room available for meetings or studying, along with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to socialise. You could bond over a game of pool or table tennis, enjoy our tasty group catering, or discover our well-stocked bar. Don’t forget to stop by at our quirky souvenir shop.

YHA Borrowdale has incredible Lake District activities on the doorstep – how about tackling Scafell Pike, Great Gable or Castle Crag? Or get your adrenaline pumping with classic climbing routes and exciting watersports like dragon boat racing (there’s a jetty nearby). We offer thrilling activities and educational packages for schools, or just a top base for Lake District attractions and Keswick.


  • 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.

Contact us for our full list of rates and pricing options

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer Satisfaction based on 221 scores

4 Stars
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.

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

Longthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XE
OS Map:89 / 90
OS Grid Ref:NY254142
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