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YHA Ennerdale


Cat Crag, Ennerdale, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AX

T: 0845 371 9116

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Activity breaksBoard GamesCot availableCredit cards accepted

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Activity breaks

Board Games

Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store

Drying room


En suite rooms available

Family breaks


Group catering available


Meals available

Mountain Biking


Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

Self-catering kitchen

Special Breaks

Suitable for families

Table Licence

Trade Bookings

Under 3s welcome


24 Beds

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About YHA Ennerdale

If you want to get away from it all, then YHA Ennerdale really is the hostel for you. Forget the TV, the internet and your mobile phone, this remote Youth Hostel has no mobile phone signal and no Wi-Fi – a tranquil mountain retreat minus distractions from the outside world. The YHA Ennerdale site comprises a hostel, camping and a camping barn.

Situated in a remote wooded valley and surrounded by fells, ridges and famous peaks, these converted forestry cottages make for a cosy rural retreat. The cosy lounge has amazing views of the surrounding wilderness, a log fire to keep your warm, and a selection of board games so you can go back to basics and make your own entertainment.

This Youth Hostel boasts en-suite rooms for your convenience as well as a combined dining room and lounge area which has a great atmosphere when filled with guests.

Perfect for outdoor activity breaks in the Lake District, YHA Ennerdale is surrounded by sheltered forest tracks for walking and cycling holidays, rock climbing, mountain ridges and scrambling.

One of the traditional smaller Youth Hostels, during a stay here you have plenty of time to chat to your fellow travellers and share stories about your adventures out on the mountains. Take part in our nightly Supper Club which gives you the opportunity to indulge in a three course meal – perfect for active holidays – and meet everyone else staying in the hostel as well as get to know your hostel manager a little better. Have a look at a sample menu of what we have to offer here.

If getting back to nature is more your thing, YHA Ennerdale has a camping barn on site where you’re sheltered from the elements and there are even pitches available where you can put up your tent. This natural camping area is perfect for walkers and anyone wanting to leave home comforts behind for a camping adventure.

If it’s an eco-break you’re looking for then you’ve come to the right place. The hostel has an off-grid, environmentally friendly, hydro-electric power supply and even generates its own drinking water! So you can relax safe in the knowledge that while staying here, you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Need to know

There is no mobile phone reception at YHA Ennerdale.

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

Reception Times:
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 22.00

Hostel Closing Times:

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Manager recommends

  • Discover a rural retreat in the Wild Ennerdale Valley where Galloway cattle roam freely and the river has been allowed to find its own course. Don’t miss the panoramic view from the dining room over to Pillar rock and the Ennerdale forest. It's the perfect location for activity breaks in the Lake District - from walking and hiking holidays to cycling holidays.

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

Want to have the whole property to yourself? YHA Ennerdale is available as an Exclusive Hire property from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays. Please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details.

YHA School Trips

YHA is working in association with the Field Studies Council to provide education school trips at YHA Ennerdale. Geography and biology packages from KS2 - A level are available at YHA Ennerdale. The facilities are ideal with group catering options, a lounge, and en-suite accommodation for teachers.

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your visit.

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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