About YHA Hawkshead

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Lakeside location overlooking Esthwaite Water

Whether you’re biking in Grizedale Forest, staying on one of our fully inclusive school packages or paying homage to Beatrix Potter, groups and schools will easily fall for YHA Hawkshead’s Regency charm. This tranquil lakeside location overlooks Esthwaite Water and offers handy facilities like a separate meeting and classrooms (with whiteboard) and free Wi-Fi. School trips and walking groups can relax with a game of pool, enjoy the lake views or use our ample grounds and gardens to let off a little steam.

For school groups, YHA Hawkshead has a wealth of opportunities for pupils of all ages, our dedicated classroom space is perfect for older groups carrying out important field studies, while the hostel location is superb for groups wanting to explore the heart of the Lake District on their own adventures. For schools wanting that little bit more, we offer a range of fully inclusive packages. These include our ever popular Alex Rider packages, where each student receives a free copy of ‘Stormbreaker’, and our new Discovery package. YHA Hawkshead can also offer a range of adventurous activities which can be added as an upgrade to you package or as an addition to your self-led stay.

Social groups staying at the hostel can also enjoy our bar, fully stocked with local ales, and can also take advantage of our great groups catering options. There’s also free Wi-fi available in our spacious social areas, plus outdoor magazines to get you inspired. We even have a range of bikes for you to hire, including electric ones! Adventure lovers will find Go Ape just a couple of miles away – a fantastic team building opportunity for schools and groups alike. Literary buffs can discover the famous attractions like Hill Top Farm and Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, while cycle groups will love how close we are to Grizedale Forest, a mecca for Mountain Bikers of all abilities.

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Camping and cabins
  • Board games
  • Computer access
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • On-site shop
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking
  • Classrooms
  • Corridor zoning

Stay from

FULL
BOARD

£27.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

HALF
BOARD

£21.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

B & B

£16.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

Contact us for our full list of rates and pricing options

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Packages available at this hostel

Hawkshead Discovery

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from

£40.50

per person per night*

(+VAT)

Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.

Activities

  • Archery
  • Team challenges
  • Firelighting
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Guided walk
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Hawkshead Multi-Activity

Multi-Activity package

Suitable for ages 8+

Prices from

£130.45

per person based on a two night stay

(+VAT)

Challenges for the brain and body

Full of challenges for the brain and body our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical PE based activity. This package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality.

Activities

  • Guided walk
  • Archery
  • Abseiling
  • Shelter building
  • Bushcraft and fire lighting
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
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Hawkshead Alex Rider

Alex Rider Spy Academy

Suitable for ages 8+

Prices from

£130.45

per person based on a two night stay

(+VAT)

Test your pupil's mettle with this spy training

Ignite your student’s imagination, enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our Alex Rider Spy Academy package. We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupil’s mettle as potential new secret agent.

Activities

  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Weaseling
  • Archery
  • Survival skills
  • Night hikes
  • Gadget design
  • Code cracking
  • Observation skills
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Alex Rider at YHA Hawkshead

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from

£40.50

per person per night*

(+VAT)

Train the next secret agents

Ignite your student’s imaginations enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our two YHA Alex Rider packages: Alex Rider Spy Academy and Alex Rider Mission briefing. We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupils’ mettle as potential new secret agent.

Activities

  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Guided navigation walks
  • Team building
  • Fire lighting
  • Bushcraft
  • Shelter building
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design
Find out more

Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Hawkshead

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.

Adventure Hawkshead

Prices from

£40

per person*

(+VAT)

Adventure bolt-on

Activities for outdoor adventurers

Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.

Activities

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Coasteering
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Ghyll scramble
  • Mountain walk
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Hawkshead YHA bolt-on

Prices from

£8

per person*

(+VAT)

YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.

Activities

  • Team challenges
  • Shelter building
  • Archery
  • Guided walk
  • Fire lighting
  • Go create
Find out more

YHA Hawkshead

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD
OS Map:96
OS Grid Ref:SD354966
Latitude:54.361697
Longitude:-2.994753
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