YHA Borrowdale Exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins

Overview

Covid-19 safety procedures

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and open our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

Temporary changes at YHA Borrowdale

This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or allocated sole-use bathrooms (excluding Camping & Cabins).

For the foreseeable future, the following facilities will not likely be in operation at YHA Borrowdale, although we’re working hard to open these safely as soon as we can:

  1. Self-catering kitchen
  2. Lounge
  3. Drying room
  4. Meeting room
  5. Luggage room/stores
  6. Dorm rooms
  7. Private rooms
  8. Bar

Dorms, and private rooms are not currently available but we’re working hard to re-introduce them.

We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

YHA Camping & Cabins

Camping pods, landpods and bring your own tent camping are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

YHA Borrowdale is perfect for outdoor activity breaks, school trips and family holidays. This large Lakeland hostel has a fabulous valley location amidst a landscape of epic proportions, coupled with a warm, informal and welcoming atmosphere.

The hostel is a longstanding Lake District favourite, a recommended stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and an ideal bolt-hole for anyone with their sights set on a stress-free high level activity holiday, be it climbing, hiking or family-friendly walking holidays you’re keen on.

Why guests love YHA Borrowdale

  • Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Castle Crag on the doorstep
  • Dog friendly camping and cabins facilities
  • Perfect for activity holidays

Accommodation at YHA Borrowdale

The hostel

YHA Borrowdale 86 beds including a selection of dorm beds and private rooms as well as camping pitches. This large Lake District hostel is cosy and full of character - perfect for adventure holidays. All-in-all, with its exceptionally welcoming staff, well-stocked bar, great value meals, extensive grounds and campsite, YHA Borrowdale and the breath-taking beauty you’ll find outside make for a lovely Lakeland stay.

Camping Pods

If you like camping, you'll love these wooden camping pods! We have three Standard Pods at YHA Borrowdale, each sleeping two people, and a stay in them will include all the fun of camping plus protection from the elements, they even have heaters. Bring all your usual camping gear, apart from sleeping bags and mats - there are two single beds with bedding. Each pod also has its own individual decking area. 

Camping

Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

Set in large grounds on the banks of the river Derwent and surrounded by high Lakeland fells, YHA Borrowdale is popular with campers throughout the summer months.There is room for up to 25 campers to sleep comfortably.

Facilities Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry from 7am until 11pm.
There are separate campsite toilets and showers which are open 24 hours a day.

Parking
Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping field, which means you won't be trudging around for miles with your camping gear!

Check In
The Youth Hostel reception is open from 7am until 11pm and campers can check in any time from midday onwards.

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Food and drink at YHA Borrowdale

YHA Borrowdale dining room

Eat with us

At YHA we pride ourselves on delivering a broad selection of delicious food at affordable prices, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.

Breakfast

Breakfast at YHA Borrowdale

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters. Our new juice station offers a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies to try. For the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Borrowdale

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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All day menu at YHA Borrowdale

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Kids under 10 eat free with every main meal purchased from the menu.

Facilities

General

  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible

Essentials

  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store

Entertainment

  • Board games
  • Games room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes - availability is released three months in advance.

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not supplied but are available to hire and purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: There is no access for coaches, nearest drop off 400 metres.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our camping pods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our camping pod accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Borrowdale however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am

YHA Borrowdale - Access Statement

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YHA Borrowdale

Map references

OS Map: 89 or 90

OS Grid Ref: NY254142

Lat/Lng: 54.518275, -3.152401

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9624

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Borrowdale is perfect for outdoor activity breaks for school groups. There are also geography, science and biology educational packages available from KS2 - A level. The hostel has 86 beds, classroom facilities and provides group catering. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your visit.

Volunteering

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.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website

History

In 1932, one of YHA’s earliest hostels, Grange-in-Borrowdale opened and was considered a great success. Due to the wardens not wishing to run their premises as a hostel any longer, the hostel eventually closed in September 1937. During Easter 1939, YHA opened Longthwaite-in-Borrowdale youth hostel and today, YHA Borrowdale is still a longstanding Lake District favourite (just like all those years ago.)

Meet the team

Manager recommends: For climbing holidays and hiking holidays, scaling Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, Great Gable and Bowfell will reward your effort with some fantastic views. For family walking holidays try the walk to Watendlath, Langstrath or along the crystal clear River Derwent to Castle Crag to relax and restore. For outdoor activity breaks, The Honister Via Ferrata, Whinlatter Mountain Biking and Go Ape tree-top ropes course are sure to exhilarate. We have all the ingredients needed for a wonderful day out on the Fells, perfect for family breaks and school trips. Brilliant!

On a seriously hot day there really is only one place to visit and that’s ‘Black Moss Pot’. The legendary local swimming spot is where brave souls can dive off 15-foot high rocks into the plunge pool or simply find a comfy patch of grass and do some quality sunbathing.

Visit the Bowder Stone. Thought to weigh 2,000 tons and standing 30 feet high, this ginormous boulder is one of the most famous and quirkiest sights in the Lake District. It is balanced, seemingly preposterously, on one edge and has a ladder to the top.

Rough Guides Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Trip Advisor 2018

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