The latest runner to complete the Elterwater Hostel 23 before Tea challenge is Cal MacLennan from Oxfordshire. Cal is an ultra runner with Paul Wilson‘s SummitUltra group and Abingdon athletics […]

Many of our guests have asked us about our new build, what we’re doing, why, and when will it be finished? Here, owner Alan explains what we’ve been up to: […]

We are delighted to be able to share that we have once again been nominated in the best Hostel or Bunkhouse category for The Great Outdoors Awards. The awards, described […]

  The 23 Before Tea has taken on a life of its own over the past few years, what started as an idea in the pub has spawned into a […]

A lovely celebration was held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Elterwater Independent Hostel. Owners Christine and Alan Thomas invited guests, who have supported them over the years to […]

Former record holder Gavin Dale has regained the crown for the 23 Before Tea fell running challenge. Gavin, who runs for Ambleside AC, flew round the route on Tuesday on […]

“So you get a few months off now?” or “how long do you close for?”… two very common parting phrases from departing guests towards the end of October… if only! […]

The record has once again been broken for the 23 Before Tea fell running challenge from Elterwater Independent Hostel. Mark Burley, a member of Macclesfield Harriers & AC, and Manchester […]

There is lots of talk in the press recently about the YHA’s decision to sell off another 20 Hostels, leading to a heady mix of frustration and despair, and prompting […]

Emma Stuart, who’s a vet from Penrith, has gone into second place on the 23 before Tea leaderboard. Her time of 7 hours 3 minutes makes her the fastest woman […]