YHA Eskdale distant view
Bed in a shared room - from £32.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Heating
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
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:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room - from £29.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
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:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Camping & Cabins - from £19.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lock on doors

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
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:
Bedding is supplied in our Landpods.
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.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Main building - from £39.00/night
  • Main building

    6 bathrooms 8 bedrooms sleeps up to 35 guests

    YHA Eskdale is a purpose-built granite building offering quality accommodation in the heart of the Lakes. This hostel also has stunning views and a cosy wood burning stove. Perfect for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

    From £39.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Clothes airer
  • Cooking basics
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor play area
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wood stove

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Eskdale 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. The hostel manager lives onsite with separate access routes.
WiFi :
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

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

Kitchen appliances: clothes airer,  freezer, grill, kettle, microwave, oven, refrigerator, stove, toaster, wood stove.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 35 people, 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 large dining room seats up to 35 people across 5 tables and chairs. This room also functions as a lounge with comfy sofas and a wood-burning stove.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The separate lounge is located on the ground floor. It has 3 comfy sofas, coffee tables and a small wood-burning stove.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of six bathrooms.

Toilets: 5

Showers: 6

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

Outdoors

Outside is a very large garden.

The garden is enclosed.

Outdoor amenities: benches, cycle store, grass/lawn, patio, picnic tables, wildlife gardens and nature trail.

Sleeping arrangements

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

First floor

Four rooms that sleep up to 5 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 7 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds and a single bed.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Situated on the edge of arguably the Lake District's most awe-inspiring wilderness area, but with a choice of good pubs within simple walking distance, YHA Eskdale has the best of both worlds. Set in 15 acres of private grounds, the hostel is on the doorstep of the highest and most challenging Lakeland peaks.

YHA Eskdale is an environmentally friendly hostel and uses renewable energy. We have a reduced carbon footprint as a result of work to provide heating and electricity via renewable energy, in the form of biomass and solar panels.

Why guests love YHA Eskdale

  • Ideal for tackling some of the Lake District's highest peaks
  • Stunning riverside location
  • Beautiful grounds

Accommodation at YHA Eskdale

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Camping

YHA Eskdale has limited camping space. There are two small, private pitches available beside a beautiful stream and then two more over the bridge which were lovingly prepared by volunteers from the Bolsover Woodland Trust. These pitches are suitable for two person tents only as they are too small for family tents. This is wild camping - but with great facilities!

Facilities
Camping guests have daytime access to all in-hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen and showers. There is also night time access to toilets.

Parking
Car parking is available in the hostel car park, around 30m from the camping pitches.

Important information
Campfires are strictly prohibited and there are no BBQ facilities.

Landpods

These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in! There is no heating in our Landpods.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you.

We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire.

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Food and drink at YHA Eskdale

YHA Eskdale dining room

Eat with us

YHA Eskdale is serving a range of tasty food options - including breakfast baps, continental options, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast menu at YHA Eskdale

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps and continental options. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza

Pizza menu at YHA Eskdale

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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Sausage and mash

Supper Club at YHA Eskdale

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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Hostel facilities

  • Breakfast
  • Classroom(s)
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Extra-large garden/grounds
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Licensed bar
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • No mobile coverage
  • Outdoor play area
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Sole use
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - laundry room(s).

Seasonal opening pattern: YHA Eskdale is open all year round.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Eskdale is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Reception hours: From 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Restaurant opening hours: YHA Eskdale’s restaurant is open from Monday - Sunday, 19:00 - 20:00.

Parking: There is parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite. 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 Eskdale. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

YHA Eskdale - Access Statement

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YHA Eskdale

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY195010

Lat/Lng: 54.3989, -3.2413

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9317

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Eskdale is an ideal base for outdoor pursuits or educational study. YHA Eskdale is situated in spacious grounds with a lawn, ponds, nature trail and outdoor classroom. With group catering available and space for 49 people, this is a great location for a school trip.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

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

The hostel was purpose built using local pink granite in the 1930s by John Downer. The hostel stayed open throughout the war years, with hefty improvements being made to the building each year to keep it looking its best- it definitely helped the hostel peak in popularity. 

In 2008,  YHA commissioned solar panels and a biomass wood fuelled boiler to help reduce the hostel's carbon footprint and establish it as one of YHA’s leading sustainable premises. Young people would be able to learn more about sustainability in the solar garden, opened in 2010.

Meet the team

YHA Eskdale Manager: "I've been at Eskdale for over 10 years. I go out on the hills every day with Moss, the hostel dog, but am still finding new routes and places to explore. In my spare time I paint landscapes and wood carve, inspired by Eskdale’s textures and patterns of trees, rocks, rivers and clouds."

Manager recommends: Don't miss the hostel's wildlife garden and nature trail - a relaxing contrast to the high adrenaline activity breaks or energetic walking holidays. The 15 acres of grounds at this rural retreat are a microcosm of the Lake District and are great for learning about Eskdale’s wildlife - great for school trips too.

Green Leaders Walkers and Cyclists Welcome TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award LOtC Quality Badge

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