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YHA Borrowdale is a four star hostel located in a stunning spot at the head of the Borrowdale Valley. The campsite is on a small field outside the hostel set enjoying a fabulous valley location with fine mountain scenery and a warm, informal atmosphere.
Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry from 7am until 11pm. There are separate campsite toilets and showers which are open 24 hours a day.
YHA Borrowdale is perfect for outdoor activity breaks and family breaks with river bathing in crystal clear water during summer.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Thirlmere Coach Stop — 4.8 miles
4.8 miles Keswick: Bus Station — 5.8 miles
5.8 miles Grasmere Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
- Train stations
Windermere Rail Station — 13.9 miles
13.9 miles Drigg Rail Station — 15.3 miles
15.3 miles Ravenglass Rail Station — 15.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Lodore Falls Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 3.1 miles
3.1 miles High Brandelhow Ferry Landing — 3.4 miles
3.4 miles Ashness Gate Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 3.9 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 67.9 miles
From Keswick, follow the B5289 towards Rosthwaite. When you reach Rosthwaite, pass the Scafell Hotel on your left and carry on for a quarter of a mile, taking the second turning on the right signposted for the Youth Hostel.
High-level adventure for climbing holidays or hiking holidays, and family-friendly walking holidays await you and bustling Keswick is only seven miles away.
In terms of walking destinations, there is no better place for climbing Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Bowfell. However, size isn't everything and the more lowly Castle Crag will leave you with an enduring memory of the beauty and atmosphere of the Lake District. Catbells, Walla Crag and walks along the River Derwent are cherished family favourites.
Cycling around Derwentwater is a great day in the saddle. Admire the ever changing and breathtaking views across Derwentwater and stop off at cafés at Grange and Keswick to keep you going. If you are more of a mountain biker, the 19 kilometre red grade Altura trail has two loops which includes 15 kilometres of challenging single track sections and popular features like berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies, cork screws and table tops. Optional black grade features fantastic views of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Helvellyn and Skiddaw as the trail takes the rider to an altitude of 500m (1600ft) above Keswick.
Shepherd's crag is a unique climbing ground! The buttresses provide good pitches for both beginner and tiger. The rock is generally excellent. Classic routes abound in Borrowdale and include Little Chamonix, Troutdale Pinnacle, Corvus and many others. Spend an afternoon solving tricky bouldering problems on the Bowderstone. There's excellent winter climbing on Great End.
Alternatively, if you want to get out on the water, fast and furious dragon boat racing is a must for groups and for something totally different, don't miss the experience of sailing or rowing a Viking Longboat.
- Cars of the Stars Motor Museum (5.7 miles)
- Castlerigg Stone Circle (6.2 miles)
- Whinlatter Forest & Visitor Centre (6.4 miles)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (7.6 miles)
- Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon (10.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.