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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.

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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