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.


A free breakfast and competition time

20th March 2018

To celebrate English Tourism Week and National Bed and Breakfast Day, we’re offering guests who make a direct booking with us this week (up to and including Saturday 24th March), a FREE Full English Breakfast for each person regardless of when they stay.  Visit our website to make a booking using PROMO code NBB2018 (Discount will be applied […]

Employee of the year!

11th February 2018

As owners of the Hostel we are frequently asked if we appreciate how lucky we are to have such good staff.  Which of course we are. We were therefore delighted when our Manager, Nick Owen, was shortlisted for the Employee of the Year category within the 2018 Cumbria Family Business Awards. Regular guests will know that […]

Langdale the scene of a new Thriller

3rd February 2018

Elterwater and Great Langdale will feature in a psychological thriller to be published this spring. My Mother’s Secret is written by novelist Sanjida Kay who is a regular visitor to the Hostel. It features a National Trust warden who also works behind the bar at the Stickle Barn inn, and a student from the Lakes […]

In praise of Poohsticks on Winnie the Pooh day

17th January 2018

What’s the most satisfying way to spend your time in the Lakes? Is it the adrenaline-fuelled scramble over some fine ridges? An early-morning dip in a mountain tarn? Or one of our favourites: standing on a bridge and “racing” sticks from one side to the other? Yes, Poohsticks, not only loved by all our young […]

The best ever sausage casserole

2nd January 2018

Ever wonder if some of the world’s culinary classic dishes were developed by accident? Our manager Nick created this recipe entirely by chance, using leftover veg with some Cumberland sausage, and the result was stunning. So here’s how he did it, but you can improvise and use whatever you have in the fridge. Nick says […]

Charlie strengthens the bond between Elterwater and Coniston

9th December 2017

Winter brings no respite for hostel staff at Elterwater. The hostel is busy with group bookings most weekends, but during the week our multi-tasking Charlie Spiller lends a hand to the National Trust. There’s a close connection between the NT and hostels in the Lakes, and Charlie has been out and about doing her regular […]

Mountain Safety


19th November 2017

Hostels have a long tradition of coming to the rescue. Once upon a time they were the refuge for those at the end of a long day’s hike, or even a dry alternative when the camp site got too wet and muddy. We still welcome last minute bookings and walk-ins but here at Elterwater we […]


25th October 2017

We’re heading for Hallowe’en and so we’re issuing a challenge to all artists out there. We want to see the best carved pumpkin lanterns, and we want to create a gallery of your photos on our Facebook page. It’s one of those traditions we all assume came over here from America. Well, that’s true, but […]

Have you had a picture of our staff member Charlie arrive in your post recently? 

The National Trust Magazine

19th October 2017

Charlie appears in the latest edition of the National Trust magazine, which goes out to all their five million members! This year the National Trust Working Holidays programme has been celebrating its 50th birthday, and though Charlie hasn’t been involved for quite that long, it is more than 34 years since she donned her scruffy t-shirt and shorts and started chopping […]

Oxenhope Year 6 Visit Day 2

11th October 2017

This post originally appeared on the Oxenhope CE Primary School blog, and has been reposted with permission: Today has been split between walking and Gill Scrambling – look away if you are of a nervous disposition! There are opportunities for low level walks that still have expansive views of the Lake District direct from the […]

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