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.



The perfect pancake recipe

5th March 2019

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 the desert. Lent starts tomorrow, with Ash Wednesday, when penitents have a cross of ashes placed on […]

Hostel manager in national magazine

22nd February 2019

We were very proud to see Nick featured in this new series in NFU Countryside magazine. We appreciate his immense efforts with the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. Sometimes he really does come straight down off the fell after a night out searching for lost walkers, and into the kitchen to make breakfast for our […]

A family Christmas at Elterwater

14th January 2019

Christmas is a magical time of year. People tend to be a bit nicer to each other, families reunite and it’s generally acceptable to eat amounts of chocolate that at any other time of year would be considered grossly ridiculous. And what better place to spend it than in the Lake District, surrounded by mountains […]

Celebrating five years at Elterwater Hostel

12th November 2018

Thirty thousand bed nights, countless cooked breakfasts and new friends every season: this December marks five years since we took over the hostel from the YHA. Then, it was a tired and slightly run down place with a roof that needed urgent attention. Now, it’s a bright and lively popular hostel with a wide cross […]

What’s on in the Lake District

16th October 2018

The Lakes come to life in the autumn, when the colours on the fells are at their best, and there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. So what’s on in the Lake District in November? Here’s our top tips of things to do.. Friday Nov 2: Bonfire night in Coniston at the Sports and Social Club […]

How NOT to get lost on the hills

9th October 2018

Guests who stayed with us recently went out onto the hills to get lost on purpose – and then find their way back safely. It was the weekend of one of the navigation courses organised by the Fell Runners’ Association which we host each autumn. They have been coming here for more than 25 years, […]

Why outdoor education is the way to learn

8th October 2018

Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a high school that took its entire Year 8 cohort on a camp to the Lake District every summer, an exercise in outdoor education. The children and the staff slept in tents, and assisted by sixth form volunteers, they prepared their own meals, climbed some […]

Walkers who carry the Wainwright bible

13th September 2018

There’s a bible that many of our visitors carry with them on the fells, and that will be one of the Wainwright guides. It’s a good analogy because the guidebooks have sold in biblical proportions, more than two million of them since the first of the seven-book Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells series was […]

Book direct for the best deals

3rd September 2018

THERE’S a growing campaign to persuade visitors – to the Lakes and elsewhere – to book direct with their chosen accommodation provider. Here at Elterwater Hostel  we can understand and appreciate the need for online booking agencies if you’re looking for the cheapest deal on a city break, or a package holiday overseas. Too much […]

For the love of numbers: parkrun and trivia

Parkrunners at Fell Foot

30th August 2018

Parkrun is all about numbers. And we don’t mean the 5k that folk run every Saturday, several of those folk staying with us regularly to run at our local events. It’s an event – habit, cult, trend – that attracts those who are attracted to statistics, and we thought about this while reading the latest […]

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