The spectacular voyage gives you views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the delightful wooded islands.
YHA WindermereWindermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LA
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Overlooking England’s largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers the chance to stay in an idyllic countryside setting only two miles from Windermere. The hostel is an ideal base for anyone wanting to escape the crowds, and perfect for activity breaks and family holidays, while children will love the large wooded grounds.
Relax with a drink on the terrace and enjoy good quality food from our restaurant and bar. We're now home to some colourful new tipis too, so you can wake up enjoying panoramic views of the lake and mountains.
Why guests love YHA Windermere
Accommodation at YHA Windermere
Food and drink at YHA Windermere
- BBQ area
- Contactless payments
- Cycle store
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Extra-large garden/grounds
- Free parking on premises
- Group meals
- Intermittent mobile coverage
- Lake view
- Licensed bar
- Luggage store
- Minibus parking on premises
- Mountain view
- Outdoor seating
- Packed lunch
- Self-catering kitchen
- Shared drying room
- Shared laundry room
- Shared lounge
- Shared TV
- Sole use
- Vending machines
- Water refill station
- Wheelchair accessible
Hostel need to know
Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.
Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.
Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.
Parking: There is parking at the hostel.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods and tipis. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpod and tipi accommodation which is payable upon arrival. 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 Windermere. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.
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YHA School Trips
YHA Windermere offers educational geography packages in association with the Field Studies Council. There are also a range of action and adventure activities to be enjoyed in the surrounding area to provide an activity break to your educational visit. The hostel provides group catering and has classroom facilities. Book your YHA School Trip.
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.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the volunteering website.
At YHA Windermere, we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:
Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.
The existing building at High Cross has been a hostel for over 75 years. Thought to be one of the first buildings in the country to be made of concrete, it was built in the late 1920s and opened as a hostel in 1935.
Originally intended as a private guesthouse for clergy, the present building replaced an earlier wooden building on the same site that was dramatically destroyed by fire in 1915. The owner, vowing that this would never happen again, designed his second house as a more sturdy construction of solid concrete. Known until recently as High Cross Castle, the building derives its name from a stone cross in the grounds.
Meet the team
Andy Partridge is the manager at YHA Windermere: "I have been working for YHA for about 10 years, worked at various sites and managed four hostels. I love what I do and I believe this shows in the way our hostel is run. YHA Windermere is a beautiful hostel, it is a tranquil, conformable and relaxing place to be. I love running, walking and exploring the amazing National Park."
Manager recommends: Windermere is the gateway to one of the most iconic valleys in the Lake District: Langdale. Both Great Langdale and Little Langdale offer amazing walks, climbing, mountain biking, picnic spots and great pubs. A full day linking the two valleys is highly recommended, taking in Blea Tarn and finishing in Elterwater.