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 new challenge on the Lake District fells

15th September 2020

A new long distance challenge route for runners and walkers has been established in the Lake District, centred on Elterwater. It’s called 23 before tea, and covers more than 36 miles, taking in 23 fell tops around the Elterwater Independent Hostel. The aim is to run the whole circuit, or walk it in sections, and […]

How we adapted to make you welcome

Hostel front

21st August 2020

  Manager Nick explains what we’ve done to bring visitors back to Elterwater and make you welcome, and reflects on a strange season in the Lakes    ‘Furlough’ and ‘lockdown’… the first, a word that if asked previously to define I would have suggested something agricultural. The second, a word I’d normally associate with a […]

The Future of Hostelling

7th July 2020

The world has changed, and how far and how permanently this will affect the future of hostelling we are yet to discover. What we do know is that Coronavirus, and the forced closure of our hostel, has been a body blow in our six-and-a-half-year journey to take Elterwater Hostel from a fairly run down old-school […]

World Environment Day 2020

4th June 2020

World Environment Day is celebrated worldwide on the 5th June each year. It was established in 1974 by the United Nations General Assembly, and has become a globally recognised initiative to engage businesses, governments, and citizens to focus their efforts on pressing environmental issues. Each year is host to a theme, which this year is […]

How love for the Lakes changed our lives

22nd May 2020

Personal reflections on owning a hostel in the time of coronavirus Like so many others who love the Lake District, we are in exile and unable to visit. This week we planned to be at the hostel, covering our manager Nick’s holidays. He had an event to attend in London and Pete, our go-to relief, […]

Happy birthday, Mr Wordsworth

4th March 2020

We’re preparing for a very important birthday celebration in this part of the Lake District. April 7 will mark 250 years since the birth of William Wordsworth who is arguably Britain’s most famous poet – and who wrote what is undoubtedly the world’s most famous poem. Daffodils: we have thousands of them around here, adding […]

The perfect pancake recipe

20th February 2020

WE make no apologies for repeating this, our perfect pancake recipe, which was widely appreciated last year. Patience is the secret to the perfect pancake recipe. But why do we eat pancakes anyway on Shrove Tuesday?  In Christian tradition, the 40 days before Easter  known as Lent mark the time that Jesus spent fasting in […]

We’re a Cool destination: it’s official!

7th February 2020

We are cool; it’s official. Well, to be honest, it’s been pretty chilly rather than cool over the last few weeks, but we’re rather pleased to see that Cumbria has made the annual Cool List. This is a judgment by the revered National Geographic magazine who’ve selected the 20 must-see destinations you should have on […]

Five best books about the Lakes

26th January 2020

Here’s a list of the best books to start a debate in  book clubs and reading groups. The dramatic and romantic landscape of the Lakes has always inspired writers as well as artists, and we would be keen to hear what are YOUR favourites. We’ve welcomed several authors to stay with us here at Elterwater […]

Lighting up the Pikes as rescue team reaches 50

6th January 2020

  The most famous outline of all the Lakeland fells will be lit up spectacularly to celebrate a rescue anniversary this spring.   The Langdale Pikes – Harrison Stickle, Pike o’ Stickle and Loft Crag – will be lit over the mountain summits by hundreds of torches to mark 50 years of the Langdale Ambleside […]

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Covid-19 Reopening

We are delighted that we have now reopened, albeit on a Covid-secure, limited basis, with several adjustments in place. Please see further details here. Any booking is conditional on adhering to government guidance about meeting people outside of your household at the time of your stay. As we're operating on a reduced capacity with not all rooms available online, if we do not have the room / combination of rooms you require, please get in touch.