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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"The welcome at the Hostel is warm. The facilities are great - the drying room for wetsuits and soggy towels is a bonus. The food is plentiful (especially the breakfast) - except there were a few groans when the Sunday morning training session began with a 4 mile run - quite a challenge after bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushrooms and beans! The COLT ladies had a wonderful room with a lake view which would have cost a fortune in a hotel. Having the kitchen facilities is handy for making early morning and late evening brews and the selection of beers and wine on offer is impressiveThanks to all the staff for looking after us so well. We hope to see you again later in the year."

Kelli Hirst, City of Lancaster Triathalon (COLT) club training weekend, April 2012.

Welcome to Derwentwater Independent Hostel

Situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park, our much-loved hostel occupies Barrow House, an elegant Georgian house overlooking Derwent Water and surrounded by dramatic mountains. With friendly and knowledgeable staff, 88 bed spaces in 11 bedrooms, delicious homemade meals, a well-equipped self-catering kitchen, wildlife-rich grounds and our own waterfall and hydro-electric plant, we are an ideal location for individuals, groups, and families.

DIH  Autumn aerial view

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is also a registered charity, aiming to provide affordable, enriching, and adventurous learning-outside-the-classroom experiences for young people. Please look at our 360° Education + Adventure section to learn about the exciting opportunities for school and youth groups.

News and events

Welcome to our new manager Tim Butcher and his family, and thank you to Kathy and Dave for their wonderful work over the past 25 years.

Learn all about the moths around the hostel in our most recent newsletter.

DIH Fund:  we can subsidise school and youth group residentials, up to £1000 per group. Please get in touch for more information. Please feel free to download and distribute these posters to help us publicise the fund. School group poster. Youth group poster.

Field Studies Council (FSC): we have teamed up with the FSC to offer field work and environmental education sessions in our grounds and the local area (transport available at cost), from KS2 to degree level. Please click here or get in touch for more information.

Click here to see a photo report of a recent educational residential, generously subsidised by the Hadfield Trust. Click here for our latest newsletter. Click here to see a presentation of Barrow House history material from 1927 - 1932. Thank you to Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) for sharing these documents with us. has very good up to date information about events and things to do locally.

Keswick Museum has a varied programme of events and exhibitions. See their website for more details:

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

Thank you to Geoff Williams, Rebecca Laff, Fiona McCarthy, John and Sam Snyder, and KTA for generously providing inspiring photographs.
Thank you to Lisa Bamford at Stoats and Weasels for designing our website, and to Sam Snyder for building it.
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