YHA Borrowdale

Longthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XE


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.

Why Groups love YHA Borrowdale

Bolt-ons available here

Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Castle Crag on the doorstep

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer satisfaction based on 221 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 86

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.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Borrowdale

YHA Borrowdale does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Borrowdale

Adventure Bolt-on

Abseiling down a bridge

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Raft building

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Borrowdale does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Longthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XE

By car and by coach:
From Keswick follow the B5289 to Borrowdale. Look for YHA signs at the crossroads, 0.5 miles after Rosthwaite.

By bus:
The nearest bus stop is a 300m walk away at Stonethwaite Road End. The 78 and 77 run past this stop at frequent intervals during the summer.

OS Map: 89 / 90
OS Grid Ref: NY254142
Latitude: 54.518275
Longitude: -3.152401
YHA Borrowdale