Welcome to the Lake District
Be inspired by the magical landscapes of England's largest National Park
Home to England's largest mountain, its deepest lake and now a World Heritage Site, the Lake District is the perfect holiday destination for families and activity seekers looking to explore. We have a vast range of hostels to suit the needs of all traveller types.
YHA hostels in the Lake District
Things to do in the Lake District
Five free things to do in the Lake District
Stretch those legs
Walking is great exercise, and when you get to wander up and down the fells of the stunning Lake District countryside, it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Get on your bike
Cycling routes to suit all capabilities are dotted all over the landscape in the Lake District. You can ride along the fells or through winding woodland trails, with mapped-out routes ensuring you don't get lost!
At the more extreme end, gorge walking will require expert supervision and equipment, but there are many simpler gorge walking routes which are easy for the beginner - you only need some just-in-case swimming skills and a willingness to get a bit wet!
If you travel to Glencoyne Bay in Ullswater, you can sit back and gaze upon the same daffodils which inspired the famous William Wordsworth poem. The Lake District also has a whole host of galleries featuring paintings of the famous fells, as well as the Beatrix Potter Museum, which celebrates the much-loved children's stories.
The Lake District is not just about beautiful scenery, of course. It has long been home to a variety of rural industries, and many museums in the area explore the manufacture of everything from stone to printing and even pencils.
There's nowhere in the world quite like the Lake District
For those with an interest in outdoor activities, the Lake District is the real capital of Britain. Comprised of 885 square miles of mountains, woodland, lakes and vast open spaces, it welcomes nearly 16 million visitors every year and has inspired some of Britain's most revered artwork and writings.
There a near-endless array of walking routes, as well as opportunities for all kinds of watersports, climbing, abseiling and cycling. Numerous picturesque villages provide all your modern comforts, along with other attractions with stunning views as backdrops.
Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works.
Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.
The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.
Cruise the lake stopping at the lakeshore jetties where you can change boats, or enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.
Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. Browse the shop and have a treat in the cafe.
Shepherd's crag is a unique climbing ground! The buttresses provide good pitches for both beginner and tiger. The rock is generally excellent.
There are fantastic multi pitch climbs on the quick drying Grey Crag to suit all abilities.
Close by there is skilled scrambling on the famous Pudding Stone and classic climbing and scrambling routes on Dow Crag with views down towards the Pennines.
For an accessible road-side route try Little Chamonix for an entry level climb.
The walks cross several estuary channels, some some fast running, so it's best to use a guide across the dangerous sands.
YHA Hawkshead is a fantastic location for road and mountain bikers, be they novice, families or experienced. Grizedale Forest The forest is a mecca for mountain bikers in the north west and YHA Ha
The hostel is a popular stop off for the Sea to Sea bike ride. The secure bike shed and drying room offer all the facilities a cyclist needs. However we do not have bikes to rent out.