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YHA Black Sail


Black Sail Hut, Ennerdale, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AX

T: 0845 371 9680

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Board Games


Cot available




Meals available

Mountain Biking

Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

Self-catering kitchen

Special Breaks

Table Licence

Trade Bookings

Under 3s welcome


16 Beds

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About YHA Black Sail


Location, location, location. YHA Black Sail has it. Remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. Located in a traffic-free valley that is being returned to a ‘wild’ state, it’s as tranquil as a stay in the Lakes gets.

YHA Black Sail at a glance:

  • £260,000 renovation making YHA Black Sail more energy efficient and sustainable
  • Battery storage, wood store and cycle storage
  • Thermal insulation and sun pipes allow natural light into darker areas of the building
  • Renewable energy and hot water is provided on site by photovoltaic panels, solar panels and a wood burning stove
  • LED lighting reduces electricity
  • Aerated taps, dual flush toilets and percussion valves on showers help to conserve water
  • Oak-framed, double-glazed windows reduce heat loss

Those on walking, hiking and climbing holidays will value the superb access to nearby peaks including Great Gable, Pillar, Red Pike and Steeple. Breakfast, packed lunches and home-cooked evening meals are available every day to keep you going. The common room is the hub of activity and functions as a lounge, dining room and drying room.

Why not have a look at our other recently refurbished Youth Hostels?


This project was supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.


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Need to know

The hostel is only accessible by foot or bike. The nearest road is 2 1/2 miles away by mountain path. There are no credit card facilities on site so please bring cash or a cheque. There are no electric sockets and mobile phone coverage is limited. The bedrooms, shower and toilets are all accessed from outside, so please bring a torch. Reception opens at 5pm however the common room is left open during the day for guests to use.

Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.

For bookings during the winter months please call 0800 0191 700 or 01629 592 700.

Reception Times:
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 22.00

Hostel Closing Times:

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Manager recommends

  • Take the opportunity to stay in a remote mountain retreat in the heart of Cumbria's Lakeland High peaks without the hassle of traffic, mobile phones and the internet. Make sure you watch the sun rise over Great Gable, and set over Pillar, simply stunning.

Volunteering opportunities

Fancy spending some time in the stunning Lake District making a difference? YHA offers volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups throughout the year including student placements, week & weekend working parties or as much time as you’re willing to give. Tasks are varied and can be tailored to your interests or you can learn lots of new skills. If you’re interested in helping out please use either the hostel details above or contact our volunteering team at volunteering@yha.org.uk.

YHA Exclusive Hire

To enjoy YHA Black Sail for just you, your friends and family, visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website and hire out the whole property.

YHA School Trips

At YHA Black Sail there are geography and biology packages available in association with the Field Studies Council. The location also makes it a great place for team building outside of study time. The hostel holds 16 people, and can provide nutritious home-cooked meals and packed lunches.

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your field trip.

Under 5? Please stay in a Private Room.
Under 15? Please be accompanied with an Adult staying in the same room.
Aged 16 or 17? Please bring a friend or Adult if staying in Shared Accommodation.

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