Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works.
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0NW
Lively, retro and full of character, this Scandinavian style retreat is ideal for families and activity breaks exploring the surrounding ridges and fells. Built in the 1970s and with a unique look all of its own, YHA Patterdale recently had a stylish makeover and has never looked better.
If you're feeling energetic, the Helvellyn range is fantastic for climbing and hiking. For something more gentle, take a cruise on the Ullswater steamer or hire a boat. Sit back and relax after exploring - we've got incredible views of the fells.
Why guests love YHA Patterdale
Accommodation at YHA Patterdale
Dorm beds and private rooms are available at YHA Patterdale, not to mention a comfortable and spacious living and dining area to realx in. The hostel boasts sparkling new showers, renovated social spaces and characteristic wooden bunks. There are 85 beds spread out over 14 bedrooms, with a layout of 4 x 2 beds 1 x 1 beds, 7 x 8 beds and 2 x 10 beds.
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.
YHA Patterdale offers wild camping with the luxury of a hostel just a few steps away. The field has glorious views south towards Kirkstone pass. There is a small river running next to the camping field, which is ideal for launching kayaks as it runs all the way to Ullswater.
There is room for up to 10 family-sized tents and several small one-man tents.
Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, indoor showers and toilets. Please note that there are no barbecue facilities but there is a fire pit.
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!
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 on our YHA Exclusive Hire website or use our live chat service for more information.
Food and drink at YHA Patterdale
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Trade bookings
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: 15.00 - 23.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: YHA Patterdale is open every day for bookings from mid-March until the end of October. From November until March the hostel is available for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire only.
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Parking: There is free parking available 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 Patterdale however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
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YHA Exclusive Hire
Make YHA Patterdale your home for a few days by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information. Available for group bookings.
YHA School Trips
Whether students are on a geography trip studying lakes and landscapes, an activity break or even an English field trip, YHA Patterdale is ideally suited to cater for school parties large and small. There are up to 82 beds, classroom facilities and group catering available to make your school trip enjoyable and rewarding.
Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.
We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.
Why not come and spend some time at YHA Patterdale to find out more about our fabulous hostels and spend some time helping us maintain our high standards of hospitality. The tasks are energetic and varied and in return you will get to meet some great people who both work and stay in our hostels as well as enjoying your time off to get out and discover the beautiful Lake District landscape. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.
At YHA Patterdale we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:
- Local Hostel Volunteering
- Student Placements
- Summer Weeks
- Winter Volunteer Events
- DofE Gold Residential
Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.
Meet the team
Manager recommends: If you're looking for energetic activity breaks try hiking or climbing on the Helvellyn range or there's plenty of great mountain biking in the area. If you're visiting the Lake District to relax, chill out on the Ullswater Steamers - great fun for family breaks.