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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Thank you for accommodating us so well at Barrow House. The hostel is amazing and we had an absolutely fabulous time. Thanks to all the fantastic staff there. I certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending you as a venue."

John Harrison, Group of families, May 2017

Youth groups

You are welcome to use the hostel and grounds for day/evening activities or residentials. Here are some of the groups who have visited Derwentwater Independent Hostel recently:

  • Scout groups (for instance: Eden District Cubs, Essex Scouts Mountaineering Group, and Sheffield Scouts)
  • National Citizen Service groups
  • The CLIP project: a youth volunteering scheme run by The Conservation Volunteers
  • Youth rugby clubs
  • Young and Sweet Youth Group from Northumberland
  • North Copeland Youth Group from Cumbria
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award groups
  • Encompass: The Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust
  • Albemarle Barracks Youth Club

We want to share Barrow House and the Lake District with as many young people as possible, and so we have a fund for subsidising youth group residentials. Click here for a poster and information sheet about the fund and residentials, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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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