YHA Patterdale Exterior
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.

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

  • Rural retreat perfect for activity breaks
  • Great views of the surrounding area
  • Wild camping pitches

Accommodation at YHA Patterdale

The hostel

Dorm beds and private rooms are available at YHA Patterdale, not to mention a comfortable and spacious living and dining area to relax in. The hostel boasts sparkling new showers, renovated social spaces and characteristic wooden bunks. Make YHA Patterdale your chosen holiday location today. 


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 large 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. Check availability for Exclusive Hire.




  • 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

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

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

Check in: From 17:00 - 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: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. Please note that this car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, motorists are required to validate their presence by entering their car's registration number at reception.

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.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.

YHA Patterdale - Access Statement

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YHA Patterdale

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY399156

Lat/Lng: 54.532633, -2.930458

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9337

Email: [email protected]

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.


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 original Patterdale Youth Hostel opened in 1932 but had an unsettled lifespan due to short term openings and closures. In 1940, the hostel closed but reopened 2 years later. Goldrill House continued to serve YHA members into the 1960s but sadly closed for demolition. The current Patterdale hostel opened in 1971, and continues to successfully operate, attracting many visitors each year.

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.

Trip Advisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award

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