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017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016

Other adventure activities

Derwentwater Independent Hostel is the ideal venue for outdoor activities, from orienteering in our spacious grounds, to kayaking on the lake and walking up the fells. We work closely with well-established, fully qualified, and very friendly local activity providers who all have an excellent reputation with school, youth, adult, and family groups. You can either contact the activity providers directly, or ask our advice about the best way to tailor your week.

Some of the activities:

  • Gorge scrambling
  • Walking
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • Via ferrata
  • Mine exploration
  • Orienteering
  • Problem solving
  • Tyrolean gorge crossing
  • Archery
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Coracle Building
  • Raft Building
  • Viking Boating

 Recommended local outdoor activity providers used by groups at the hostel are:

Horses/Pony Trekking

Horse riding is available at Rookin House Farm (11 miles from the hostel) on the way to Ullswater.

Tel: 017684 83561

Pony Trekking at Park Foot near Ullswater Tel: 017684 86696

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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