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YHA Wasdale Hall


Wasdale Hall, Wasdale, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1ET

T: 0845 371 9350

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Board GamesClassroom/Educational meeting roomClimbingCot available

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Board Games

Classroom/Educational meeting room


Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store

Drying room

Games Room

Group catering available


Meals available


Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

Self-catering dining room

Self-catering kitchen

Special Breaks

Suitable for families

Trade Bookings

Under 3s welcome



50 Beds

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About YHA Wasdale Hall

Formerly known as YHA Wastwater, this 200 year old country pile was originally used as a lakeside holiday home before becoming a National Trust property and still contains many of its original features including panelled windows, gabled roof and cornicing. Its beautiful black and white half-timbered façade, built in the 1820s, makes for an inspiring view as it stands out from the surrounding trees as you approach the Youth Hostel. The 19th century country manor is every bit as grand as its name, Wasdale Hall, would suggest.

This delightful accommodation in Cumbria is often cited as a favourite hostel due to the impressive nature of the building, not to mention its breath-taking view, which has even been named “Britain’s Favourite View”. Set right on the shore of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, from the hostel you can see the expanse of the lake plus the awe-inspiring mountains beyond.

YHA Wasdale Hall really is a stunning rural retreat. You won't find any mobile phone signal or Wi-Fi here, so this location is perfect for getting away from the pressures of everyday life and relaxing in some beautiful surroundings.

A perfect base for climbing, walking or hiking holidays, you can even take on the infamous Scafell Pike from here as well as numerous woodland walks. The hostel’s extensive grounds lead right down to the beautiful lake and so you can even enjoy a picnic on the lawn!

In the evening you can relax after your busy day in the Lake District with a local ale and a delicious evening meal in the gorgeous wood panelled restaurant. Have a look at a sample menu of our evening meals here.

Rural Menu PDF (18KB) Rural Menu PDF (18KB)Click here to have a look at a sample menu (18KB).

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Need to know

When visiting YHA Wasdale Hall, do not use SatNav as our postcode covers a wide area and won't take you to the hostel. Please follow the directions under Maps & Directions or Google Maps.

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


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Reception Times:
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 22.30

Hostel Closing Times:

Is the hostel open every day of the year?

Manager recommends

  • Don’t miss the sunset glow on the Screes, shining down on the lake turning it into liquid gold in the summer and deep red in the winter - the morning and evening light in the valley is a photographers dream! Relax and soak up the scenery from the comfort of this National Trust rural retreat, the perfect contrast to days spent hiking, climbing or walking on an energetic outdoor activity holiday.

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 Wastwater for just you, your friends and family visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website and hire the whole property.

YHA School Trips

Wastwater is the perfect place for an activity break with a school group. Water sports, climbing and abseiling are all on your doorstop. The hostel also provides geography and biology educational packages. There are beds for up to 50 people, home cooked meals and classroom facilities.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

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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