YHA Eskdale Distant View
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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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

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available. 

This hostel is made up of 35 beds. Private rooms are available for families or groups of friends. Most of the rooms have fabulous views across the surrounding fields and mountains. Family rooms and safe outdoor play areas make Eskdale great for children.

The dining room and lounge is equipped with oak furniture, sofas, and an open fire, allowing guests to dine and relax in comfort. On a summer's evening, throw open the dining room bay windows and have a meal or a drink on our picnic terrace surrounded by the amphitheatre of hills. In winter, stay inside and cosy in front of a roaring log fire. Although YHA Eskdale has a full catering service we also provide a fully equipped self-catering kitchen.


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!

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.

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.


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!

Please note that 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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.


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, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps 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. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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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Supper Club

Supper Club

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


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

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

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

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

Parking: Free parking on site.

Pets: 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 however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am

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 (0) 345 371 9317

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

To enjoy YHA Eskdale for just you, your friends and family visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website and hire out the whole property. Open for group reservations from the autumn half term to the Easter Holidays.

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 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


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 Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award LOtC Quality Badge

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