YHA Buttermere

Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA


Wainwright Walks eat your heart out – YHA Buttermere is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England and top walking, cycling and climbing routes. This cosy location makes a perfect base for groups looking for an adrenaline-fuelled activity break, or a field trip exploring the Cumbrian countryside. And despite our rural location, we offer free Wi-Fi to stay connected.

YHA Buttermere has a library if your group needs to talk or study, plus a bright and airy lounge with comfortable chairs. Not to mention acres of woodland grounds to discover outside. The hostel offers group catering for breakfast, packed lunch and dinner, plus a licensed bar selling local ales.

This peaceful location is the ideal spot for a field trip, offering some amazing opportunities for geography and biology fans. There’s also endless cycling, mountain biking and hiking to be found nearby, along with some great Lake District attractions like Honister Slate Mine and Wordsworth House. You could even indulge in our local wild swimming spots – if you’re all feeling brave enough.

Why Groups love YHA Buttermere

Near to top walking, cycling and climbing routes

"Excellent" - 91%

Customer satisfaction based on 158 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 66

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 Buttermere

YHA Buttermere does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Buttermere

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Gorge Walk
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Raft building

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Buttermere 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



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Camping and cabins
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Nearby parking

Food & drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA

By car and coach:
The hostel is half a mile south of Buttermere village on the B5289 road to Honister Pass and Borrowdale.

OS Map: 89
OS Grid Ref: NY178168
Latitude: 54.540418
Longitude: -3.271598
YHA Buttermere