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For group bookings please contact
017687 77246 or
contact@derwentwater.org


Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"I am so glad to see that the hostel continues to grow and cater for its visitors. I've been bringing students to this beautiful house since 2002. It provides an excellent base for carrying out river studies within the Borrowdale Valley. Over the years hundreds of Essex students have been knee-deep in water collecting data, but however cold or wet we have got, a warm welcome has always been provided by the hostel. Students always remember this place: it’s often the first thing they mention to me after years have gone by and they are all grown up. A big thank you from a teacher and all the Thurstable as well as Moulsham students that have been here."

Paul Mason (teacher at Moulsham High School and previously at Thurstable School), 20th October 2014.

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

We are now offering simple refreshments (no cooked food) from 12-4.30pm everyday, except for periods when we have a sole-use group. We hope to see you soon.

Heritage Open Day: Sunday 10th September 12.30 - 4.30pm. Tours of the house and grounds, and 'heritage' refreshments for sale.

Read about hostel mosses, teas, recycling, school groups, rowers, and photographers here!

Read news of our new servery, and other stories here: http://www.derwentwater.org/news/march2017

Read about the Chestnut Grove English Literature residential in our February newsletter.

Learn all about the moths around the hostel in our September newsletter.

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 presentation of Barrow House history material from 1927 - 1932. Thank you to Judith Vincent (nee Stanley) for sharing these documents with us.

www.keswick.org 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: http://keswickmuseum.org.uk/

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
Borrowdale
Keswick
Cumbria
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246
Email: reception@derwentwater.org

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.
© 2013 Derwentwater Independent Hostel. All rights reserved. Registered charity: 1145368