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


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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 long-standing Lake District favourite and recommended stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast. The 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.

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

Dorms are not currently available.

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.


If you like glamping, then you will love an Airstream! This unique holiday experience has all the fun of sleeping under the stars but without the set-up stress. Plus you are protected from all the elements that England and Wales can bring. The Airsteam comfortably sleeps two people in a double bed with bedding, heating, and USB charging points included for your comfort.

The Airstream is also equipped with a table and two chairs – perfect for dining al fresco in the warmer months. You are welcome to use hostel facilities including showers, toilets and self-catering kitchen during your stay.

Please note that the Airstream interior and furnishings may differ from those pictured.


Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. 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.

Campers have access to all of the hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry from 7.00am to 11.00pm.
There are separate campsite toilets and showers which are open 24 hours a day.

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!


Like camping but with a few added extras? These Landpods are the perfect alternative for sleeping under the stars. The Landpods sleep up to four people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. With LED lighting, these pods include all beds and 15 tog duvets.

The Landpods do not have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience, even in the colder months - it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix! There is a bench and BBQ firepit outside so, make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

All guests have full access to all of the hostel facilities, including the self-catering kitchen and bathrooms, so you can cook delicious meals, or freshen up after your night sleeping under the stars.


Food and drink at YHA Borrowdale

YHA Borrowdale dining room

Eat with us

YHA Borrowdale is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, hot plated breakfasts, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Plated breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Borrowdale

We want to make sure you start your day right, so we are now serving a delicious range of hot plated breakfast options and breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza menu

Pizza menu at YHA Borrowdale

Tuck into a vast range of delicious stone-baked pizzas when you pay a visit to the hostel. From margherita to ham and pineapple, we're sure we have a pizza topping for everyone to enjoy. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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!

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


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • 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: From 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 400m away.

Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpod 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 07:30 - 09:00.

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 to A level. The hostel has 86 beds, classroom facilities and provides group catering. Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your visit.


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 on the volunteering website


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 15ft 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 30ft 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.

Trip Advisor 2020 Travellers' Choice award Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Rough Guides 2012

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