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Access Statement

Elterwater Hostel is a converted 17th century barn and as such doesn’t lend itself to much modification to significantly improve access. Measures have been put in place where possible to assist.

Getting here (arrival and parking)

  • You can drive right up to our front gate, but our grounds are small, and we have no parking on site
  • Cars can be parked in the National Trust car park approx. 150 metres away. This is a level walk
  • Surfaces within the grounds are tarmac or stone steps
  • There is external lighting around the steps and entrance
  • Gradients within the grounds are gentle
  • There are two stepped routes to access the building, one with 5 steps and a handrail and one with two steps, but no handrail

Getting in

  • The entrance is marked with a stone sign. The door is narrow, but a second door can be opened to ease access
  • There is a small step at the front door

Getting around

  • We have an ensuite, ground floor room that can be accessed without internal stairs
  • Internal stairs to other rooms have been provided with double handrails
  • Doors are painted a distinct colour from walls and frames and rooms are marked with blue/white high contrast signs and Braille
  • A portable induction loop is kept at reception as is available on request
  • Seating and a table are available in reception to allow the completion of formalities in comfort
  • We will do our best to reserve a bottom bunk for anyone who has difficulty with top bunks
  • Stairs have high contrast edging

Getting out

  • Guests can request extra assistance on check-in or in advance. In the event of an emergency staff will notify emergency services of any special requirements
  • Staff will help with emergency evacuation when required

Getting to know

  • Information can be provided in large format where needed
  • If you have any special requests or needs, please discuss them with staff. We’re in an old and step-filled building, but happy to try and help where we can

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We regret that as a result of Government guidelines in respect of the current Covid-19 situation the hostel is closed until further notice.

Accommodation from 1st July is available to book on our website but we will open sooner if it is legal and safe to do so.  All guests with existing bookings during May and June will be contacted when we have further clarity regarding ongoing government advice.

When we emerge from isolation, get together a group of at least ten people, and the sole use of the whole hostel can be yours for a mid-week break. A chance to reconnect with friends and make up for the cancelled winter/spring holiday. Click here for more information.

Stay safe and please keep watching the website for updates

Click here for the Emerge from Isolation SPECIAL OFFER