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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? 

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 […]

Oxenhope Year 6 Visit

9th October 2017

This post originally appeared on the Oxenhope CE Primary School blog, and has been reposted with permission: Today we arrived at Windermere to clearing skies rather than the forecast downpours – always a bonus! A quick stop for lunch and then it was straight into the trees for the Tree Top Trek. Each year we […]

In Search of Roman Lakeland

7th October 2017

Our relief manager Pete Savin also happens to be an expert on Roman Britain. Just back from another dig, he’s written this for you about Roman Lakeland.  The English Lake District in Cumbria is best known for its outstanding beauty, soaring peaks and wooded valleys and named in the language of old Norse which arrived […]

Cumbria Way – Day 6

6th October 2017

We were anxious to get away early on the final day of our Cumbria Way hike because there was a 16 mile walk to Carlisle to catch our train back to London. It was pouring with rain when we set off and while not unpleasant, since the route follows the river Calder, it was clear […]

Cumbria Way – Day 5

5th October 2017

Day 5, the penultimate day of our walk along the Cumbria Way opened somewhat dank. We had a lazy 10 am start and strode off across the boggy moorland following our trusty guide book and electronic OS map. Another beautiful day’s walk; we covered the ground quite quickly and picked up the line of the […]

Cumbria Way – Day 4

4th October 2017

Day 4 of the Cumbria Way saw us walk from Rosthwaite to Skiddaw via Keswick, some 16 miles. The morning was a gentle stroll down the valley skirting Derwentwater, arriving in Keswick in time for lunch (and a pint of Keswick bitter) before setting off on the long climb to Skiddaw House, the loneliest hostel […]

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