YHA Hawkshead

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0QD


Whether you’re biking in Grizedale Forest 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. YHA Hawkshead can also offer a range of adventurous activities which can be added as an upgrade.

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

Bolt-ons available here

Lakeside location overlooking Esthwaite Water

"Great" - 88%

Customer Satisfaction based on 174 scores

Bed and breakfast, 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 Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

Ready to book?

Contacting our Groups team is is easy! All you need to do is pick a method that suits you…

Packages available at YHA Hawkshead

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.


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

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA bolt-on

Roasting Marshmallows over a Fire

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

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.


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

Prices from


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


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



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


  • 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