YHA Eskdale

Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TH


Situated on the quieter side of the Lake District National Park is a gem of a hostel, YHA Eskdale. This purpose-built, 43 bed hostel, offers grounds to the front of the hostel for games and activities and extensive woodland grounds to the side and rear. The woodlands hide a fully mapped out nature trail, solar panel garden, wildlife pond, secluded nature hide, outdoor classroom and even a replica Celtic roundhouse with an outdoor oven!  Plus, if that’s not enough, the hostel itself features a good sized class/meeting room and a homely lounge/dining area with an open fire and views out to the garden and hills beyond.

The hostel offers amazing opportunities for school groups. Primary schools looking for a taste of history will love our Roman themed package. Our hands-on sessions allow pupils the opportunity to design their own Roman shields and practice formations before heading out on the one-and-a-half mile walk to the Hardknott Roman Fort. Here they can try out their new skills in an awe-inspiring location and home to the best preserved Roman Parade ground in the UK. Other activities include archery, an archaeological dig, timeline activities, writing postcards in Latin, learning about Celtic life in our replica roundhouse and our very special Roman Banquet.

For teachers requiring a residential that’s not purely focused on history, our Multi-Activity packages allow for team building activities or more adventurous sessions such as Ghyll scrambling, abseiling and climbing – all delivered by our expert partners at Mere Mountains.

As well as providing our own delivery packages YHA Eskdale makes a great base for school groups looking to lead their own activities. Local attractions including L’aal Ratty, Eskdale’s narrow gauge steam railway, Eskdale Mill – the oldest working corn mill in England, and Stanley Ghyll waterfalls are always popular. Just ask Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Community school, winners of the inaugural School travel Awards for Best Residential trip 2016 based on their annual trip to our wonderful hostel!

It’s not just all about Primary schools though as YHA Eskdale becomes popular for older groups studying a range of subjects including geography, geology and biology. Our classroom makes a great study room to follow-up on the day’s fieldwork. The hostel itself sits in a glaciated valley with good access to the local hills, tourist village of Coniston, local rivers and woodlands, plus coast and sand dune systems only a short drive away, making it perfect for a range of fieldwork.  Don’t forget you can always bolt on some adventurous activities to add something a little different to your stay

Finally, social groups will also find YHA Eskdale an enchanting and exhilarating option for a fabulous group getaway. We’re surrounded by great walks, with super views from Harter Fell, and access for routes going from just outside our door. Plus great cycling challenges, especially if you want to take on the challenge of Hardknott Pass. Our grounds offer the opportunity to enjoy wildlife, or take a drink from our licensed bar and sit quietly taking in the views. Catering is also available for all of our groups, so you won’t even need to cook after a long day on the hills. Our delicious groups menu offers plenty of variety and we’ll be as flexible as possible to fit meal times in with your itinerary.

In 2016 Kirk St Ella St Andrew’s Community Primary School won the My Best School Trip Award for their trip to YHA Eskdale. The judges were particularly impressed with the learning outcomes and the school are planning to spend their prize money on more trips to YHA Eskdale where pupils will get to visit a zoo, study conservation and do some hill hiking.

Why Groups love YHA Eskdale

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Great for nature lovers with our woodland trail, wildlife hide and outdoor classroom

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer satisfaction based on 86 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 47

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.

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LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Eskdale

Multi-Activity package

Suitable for ages 8+

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft & fire lighting
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Guided walk
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges

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Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

History package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Medieval history brought to life

Join Sir Thomas Bolt at St Briavels Castle for a truly memorable school trip. Sir Thomas is our very own medieval custodian and from the moment he welcomes you at the gates of this 900 year old castle, medieval history is bought to life for the duration of your trip. During your stay pupils will have the opportunity to try many activities relating to medieval life, here are just a few examples: design their own Roman shields, archery, an archaeological dig, timeline activities, writing postcards in Latin.


  • Archery
  • Dig through history
  • History trail
  • Roman legacy trail

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Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Eskdale does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Eskdale

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Ghyll scramble
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk

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Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Eskdale 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
  • Camping and cabins
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria, CA19 1TH

By car and coach:
The hostel is located in Eskdale valley (in the western Lakes) between Boot village and the foot of Hardknot Pass.

OS Map: 89
OS Grid Ref: NY195010
Latitude: 54.3989
Longitude: -3.2413
YHA Eskdale