YHA Windermere

Bridge Lane, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LA


Want to wake up next to the largest lake in England? YHA Windermere makes an ideal choice for school trips and activity groups hoping to make a splash with watersports. Our spacious hostel has a large lounge for groups to study or socialise in, along with a peaceful dining room with epic views. With atmospheric wooded grounds outside and free Wi-Fi inside, there’s always something to do.

YHA Windermere has plenty of comfy areas to relax and a well-stocked bar too. We boast 4 acres of grounds overlooking the lake and countryside, along with modern facilities like web access and TV. And don’t forget breakfast, lunch and dinner – our group catering team can provide them all.

Whether you’re studying the Lake District environment on a field trip or trying activities like abseiling, we’re a top choice for school trips. The lake itself is ripe for wild swimming, or head to the watersports centre for kayaking, canoeing or windsurfing. If you’re a walking group, don’t miss the lovely Troutbeck Valley (and its accompanying village) and the visitor centre at Brockhole.

Why Groups love YHA Windermere

Bolt-ons available here

Overlooks England's largest lake

"Great" - 89%

Customer satisfaction based on 113 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 70

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 Windermere

YHA Windermere does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Windermere

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
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Windermere 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 bedrooms
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking

Food & drink:

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

How to get here

Bridge Lane, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LA

By car and coach:
If you are driving from the north, we recommend leaving the M6 at junction 36, 37 or 38 and follow signs for Troutbeck Bridge. After the filling station, take the first turning on the right, the hostel is well signed here and is one mile up Bridge Lane.

By bus:
If you are traveling by bus, there is a shuttle bus running between Keswick and Grasmere, which bypasses the closure. You can then change to the regular 555 service.

OS Map: 90
OS Grid Ref: NY405013
Latitude: 54.403862
Longitude: -2.917495
YHA Windermere