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YHA First Look At YHA Black Sail Refurbishment
    22/10/2013 03:23

First Look At YHA Black Sail Refurbishment

Often referred to as the lonelist hostel in England, if you love an exciting adventure then you'll love YHA Black Sail. The hostel is world famous and much loved for its amazing location and the character of the building.

Only accessible by foot or on bike as it is two and a half miles from the nearest road, the hostel is the epitome of secluded, remote and tranquil. It is the perfect location that most lovers of the great outdoors can only hope to dream about.



Set in a traffic-free valley in Ennerdale, Cumbria, this former shepherd's bothy became a hostel in 1933 and has recently celebrated its 80th birthday.

YHA Black Sail is currently undergoing a £260,000 investment to bring it up to date and improve its facilities. The investment, only possible thanks to generous donations from YHA members, will secure the hostel's future and enable it to open its doors to guests all year round. The investment will see the building weather-proofed and running costs reduced through new energy saving measures. Energy will be generated on site to ensure the hostels future environmental and financial sustainability.


The investment in the youth hostel by the charity is part of YHA’s Capital Investment plan to create a world-class network of youth hostels in England and Wales and change the outdated public perception of its accommodation. The charity’s significant continued investment in its network is helping YHA put further distance between the outdated public perception of youth hostels and the modern reality.

Commenting on the Capital Investment Plan Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: “We’re continuing to invest in our hostels to make sure they continue to offer the great welcome and friendly stay of which we are rightly proud.
“YHA Black Sail is a great example of the diversity of YHA’s accommodation. We have something for everyone, whether it’s a private en suite room in a bigger youth hostel or a small remote hostel like Black Sail - the welcome and great social atmosphere is the same.”


Currently closed for the refurbishment, the hostel is due to re-open its doors on the 28th October and so here is a sneak peek at what to expect when you spend a night at YHA Black Sail.

Find more information about YHA Black Sail here.

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