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Whether you’ve a question about the hostel or you want to know about events in the Lake District, we’d love to hear from you.


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    Please click on the marker in the map above and enter your post code to get directions.

    If you’re planning a visit to the Lake District during Covid Restrictions:

    Many of the Lake District National Park car parks across the National Park are now open. Some public toilets are also open. Click HERE to see the status of car parks around Langdale and Elterwater and how busy they are.

    Getting to Elterwater:

    • By Train

    Windermere train station is 8 miles from Great Langdale. Catch the bus to Ambleside, then change to the 516. For the 516 timetable click here.

    • By Bus

    Catch the bus to Ambleside, then change to the 516. For the 516 timetable click here.

    • By Car

    Junction 36 M6, then A591 from Kendal to Ambleside, A593 from Ambleside to Skelwith Bridge, then take the B543 to Great Langdale and follow signs for Elterwater.

    For up to date travel information check with Cumbria Police here. This service is designed to provide you with information regarding the current state of Cumbria’s roads and the immediate surrounding areas in relation to road traffic collisions, weather, delays as a result of incidents and congestion. It does not usually provide information about traffic delays due to roadworks. This page is regularly updated as incidents happen and the information refreshes every 10 minutes.

    • By Bike

    National Cycle Network Regional Route 37, then links from Skelwith Bridge all the way to Elterwater. For more information go to the Sustrans website

    • On Foot

    The Cumbria Way runs from Ulverston to Carlisle and through the Great Langdale valley; there is also a network of footpaths that run through the valley

    Once in Elterwater

    continue through the village, past the Britannia Inn on the right hand side, and past the National Trust Car Park on the left and over the bridge. At the end of the bridge, the road forks, turn left and the hostel is around 100m further down, on the right hand side.

    If you have any trouble finding us at all, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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    Winter Availability

    We are delighted to announce Winter availability at Elterwater Hostel. What better place to spend the winter months and kick off 2021 than in the Lake District surrounded by snowy mountains, good pubs and the great outdoors? We are welcoming guests in tiers 1 and 2 on a bed and breakfast basis for weekends during January 2021, with sole-use self catering options becoming available when government tier rules allow. We are operating in a Covid compliant way in line with  "We're Good to Go" guidelines and we look forward to welcoming you!