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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.

Family visits

We love meeting lots of different families at Derwentwater Independent Hostel. Young children can roam safely around the house and grounds, and we have lots of different facilities and activities to keep everyone amused, including jigsaws, magazines, local reference books, table tennis, table football, a television, an indoor red squirrel trail, an orienteering course in the grounds, an indoor counting quiz, and of course the wonderful views and wild-life! 

Kathy Morris and Dave Piercy have been managing our hostel since 1992 and their two children have grown up in the house. They therefore have plenty of useful local knowledge and a very accommodating attitude towards family groups. 

Enjoy exploring the Things to do pages to find out what you can see and do in and around Derwentwater Independent Hostel. 

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.
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