YHA Black Sail exterior
Bed in a shared room from £38.00 per night


  • Bed linen
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 20:30
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £169.00 per night


  • Bed linen
  • Cot available
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 20:30
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £0.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    2 bathrooms 3 bedrooms sleeps up to 16 guests

    YHA Black Sail is a former shepherds bothy offering compact but comfortable accommodation with a real mountain hut atmosphere, making it the perfect escape to get away from the stresses of modern-day life.

    From £0.00 per night


  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Wood stove

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Hire YHA Black Sail and bring up to four dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The small kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, kettle, oven, refrigerator, wood stove.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, cloths, paper towels, soap, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the cosy dining area seats up to 16 people. It has a solid fuel stove, tables and bench seating. You can relax with stunning views of the surrounding fells.


Outside the building, there is a total of two bathrooms. You will need torches for night-time toilet trips!

Toilets: 2

Showers: 1

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks. 


The hostel doors open directly onto countryside and amazing mountain views.

Outdoor amenities: benches, grass/lawn.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of three bedrooms.

Ground floor

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

A cot is available.


Location, location, location. Quite simply, that is what YHA Black Sail is all about. Remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a unique rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about.

Located in a traffic-free valley, it’s as tranquil as a stay in the Lakes gets. 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.

Why guests love YHA Black Sail

  • Unique location at the head of the Ennerdale Valley
  • YHA's most remote youth hostel
  • Unrivalled access to great walking

Accommodation at YHA Black Sail

Bed in a shared room

If you're happy to share, dorm rooms have multiple beds - ideal for budget breaks.

Private rooms

Like your own space? Private rooms offer the hostelling experience with more privacy.

Hire the whole place

With YHA Exclusive Hire, you can take the entire building for you and your group.


Food and drink at YHA Black Sail

YHA Black Sail Dining area

Eat with us

YHA Black Sail is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option as well as a delicious evening menu. 

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Black Sail

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA evening menu

Evening menu at YHA Blacksail

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • Breakfast
  • Café
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Games
  • Group meals
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Licensed bar
  • Mountain view
  • No WiFi
  • Outdoor seating
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 20:30.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

Parking: The hostel is only accessible by foot or bike. The nearest road is 2.5 miles away by mountain path. Guests can leave their cars in the Bowness Knott car park, but their vehicles are not authorised beyond.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Black Sail, except when hiring the whole hostel through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

Supported by: 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.

YHA Black Sail - Access Statement

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YHA Black Sail

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY194124

Lat/Lng: 54.500346, -3.244845

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9680

Email: [email protected]


Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions. Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA Volunteering.


The hostel is one of the oldest in Britain and it started life as a shepherd's bothy - a small hut used for sheltering in the mountains. Back when we opened in 1933, the bunk beds were constructed from a kit of parts and the mattress was simply a canvas between wooden stretchers! Domestic chores and cooking all took place in the common room (or outside) and the water used to be supplied from a nearby stream.

Have a look around the hostel for some vintage snapshots and you'll see how we've preserved its unique character. With a tasteful makeover, a variety of awards, plus support from Defra, we hope this iconic Youth Hostel will be treasured for generations to come.

Meet the team

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.

DEFRA EU Leader TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award Cyclists and Walkers Welcome Cool Places Rough Guides 2012 and TGO

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