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017687 77246 or

Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"What I liked most about working at the hostel was working as part of a fantastic team. Everyone was really friendly. I'm sure the two months wouldn't have passed as quickly as they did if I hadn't been surrounded by all these lovely people who really made me feel welcome and comfortable. I will really miss my friends at Derwentwater Youth Hostel. Thanks to all of you!"

Beate Fichl, student volunteer from Germany, February- March 2012.

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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