YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse exterior

YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
Bed in a shared room from £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cot available
  • 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 shared rooms. Hot water bottles are also available.
Private room from £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cot available
  • 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. Hot water bottles are also available.
Entire place - Skiddaw House from £0.00 per night
  • Skiddaw House

    2 bathrooms 4 bedrooms sleeps up to 20 guests

    Situated at 470m on the northern slopes of Skiddaw, YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse is one of the highest and most remote hostels in the UK. This unique location offers uninterrupted mountain views, without roads or other buildings in sight.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Mountain view
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Small garden/grounds
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is no central heating in this property. Guests can cosy up by the stove downstairs.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms. Hot water bottles are also available.
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. Hostel staff live onsite in a separate building.
Dogs:
Pets are not permitted at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

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

Kitchen appliances: grill, kettle, oven.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 20 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, cloths, paper towels, soap sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 16 people. Soft seating is also provided around the stove.

A highchairs is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor. Cosy up by the stove with a range of board games to relax with after a long day on the mountains.

Bathrooms

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

Toilets: 2

Showers: 2

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

Outdoors

Guests have full access to the garden and grounds. The garden is enclosed by a fence and has a gate.

Outdoor amenities: benches, grass/lawn.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 4 bedrooms.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 5 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds and a single bed.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 2 single beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

Surrounded by mountains and accessible only on foot or by mountain bike, Britain’s highest hostel is perfect for fell-walkers, adventurous families and lovers of wild and remote places. Situated at 470m on the flanks of Skiddaw, and 3 miles from the nearest road, this traditional hostel on the Cumbria Way offers simple yet comfortable accommodation.

Stay here for a real escape from it all; with no mains electricity, phone signal, TV or internet to distract from the wilderness. Solar panels provide light and hot water, while wood-burning stoves provide the only heating in this Alpine-hut style bunkhouse.

Why guests love YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

  • Britain's highest hostel
  • Off grid escape
  • Great for walking and mountain biking

Accommodation at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Bed in a shared room

Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.

A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.

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

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our private rooms have en-suite facilities.

Pitch-up camping

Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people who you wish to camp.

YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse has a small number of camping spaces in the field in front of the hostel. At an altitude of 470m in a remote and mountainous location, this is a taste of wild camping but with the benefit of having access to the hostel facilities.

Due to limited availability, advance booking is essential. To enquire about camping, please contact the hostel directly.

Hire the whole house

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole of the Skiddaw House building and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This unique property offers uninterrupted mountain views, without roads or other buildings in sight.

Reviews

Food and drink at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Skiddaw Shop options

Hostel shop at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Our shop has a range of basic food items, including ready meals such as curry, bolognese and chilli (some vegetarian and vegan), pasta, rice, porridge oats, muesli, UHT milk, puddings, chocolate, crisps, and soft drinks.

We are also licensed and stock a good selection of bottled beers from our two local breweries: Hesket Newmarket and Jennings. We also have a range of wines and single-malt whiskeys.

Hostel facilities

  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Highchair
  • Licensed bar
  • Mountain view
  • No mobile coverage
  • No WiFi
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared lounge
  • Small garden/grounds

Hostel need to know

Reception open hours: From 17:00 - 22:00. If you arrive before check-in, you can access the common room via a keypad code - this will be emailed to you before arrival.

Self-catering: YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse is self-catering only. Guests have access to a kitchen.

Parking: The hostel is 3 miles from the nearest road and only accessible on foot or by mountain bike. Free parking is available in Threkeld, Keswick, Mosedale and Bassenthwaite.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse. Assistance dogs are welcome – please notify us at the time of booking.

Card payments: Due to being off-grid we are unable take card payments at the hostel, so please bring cash or cheques.

YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse - Access Statement

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YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY288291

Lat/Lng: 54.652016, -3.106266

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 260 2908

Email: [email protected]

History

Built as a shooting lodge in the early 19th century, Skiddaw House was also used as a shepherd’s and gamekeeper’s accommodation until the 1970s. It became a youth hostel in 1987.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: ''There are loads of great walking, running, and mountain-biking routes, leading straight from the front door.  The circular walk over Skiddaw, taking in the summits of Lonscale Fell and Bakestall is a personal favourite''

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome

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