YHA Hawkshead

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0QD

Overview

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 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 and 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.

Why Groups love YHA Hawkshead

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Lakeside location overlooking Esthwaite Water

"Great" - 88%

Customer Satisfaction based on 174 scores

per person, per night* (ex VAT)

Number of beds: 103

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

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Packages available at YHA Hawkshead

Discovery package

YHA Discovery

Suitable for ages 7-13

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
  • Firelighting
  • Guided walk
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

Prices from

£41.50

Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

Multi-Activity package

Archery Target Practice

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.

Activities:

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

Prices from

£66.50

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

Alex Rider Classified Mission

Group of school children listening to the teacher at YHA

Suitable for ages 8+

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 Classified Mission 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
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Night hike
  • Observation skills
  • Orienteering
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing
  • Survival skills
  • Weaseling

Prices from

£66.50

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

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Group of school children listening to the teacher at YHA

Suitable for ages 7-13

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 Classified Mission 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
  • Bushcraft
  • Code breaking
  • Fire lighting
  • Gadget design
  • Guided navigation walks
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Team building

Prices from

£41.50

Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Hawkshead does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Hawkshead

Adventure bolt-on

Abseiling down a bridge

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:

  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Coasteering
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk

Prices from

£37.00

Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA bolt-on

Roasting Marshmallows over a Fire

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:

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

Prices from

£8.50

Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Hawkshead 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

Locations

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

Facilities

General

General: Test

  • 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

Transportation:

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0QD

By car and coach:
From the M6 J36 take the A590 towards Barrow in Furness. At Newby Bridge, go straight on at the roundabout then take next right following signs to Lakeside and Hawkshead. From Hawkshead village turn right out of the village following signs for Newby Bridge. YHA Hawkshead is one mile out of the village.

By train:
The nearest train station is Windermere (12 miles away).

By bus:
From the train station at Windermere there is a bus service to the village of Hawkshead, bus number 505. YHA Hawkshead is located one mile south of Hawkshead bus stop.

OS Map: 96
OS Grid Ref: SD354966
Latitude: 54.361697
Longitude: -2.994753
YHA Hawkshead