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    Charlie’s adventures on Coniston

    2nd August 2021

    It’s been great to be out on my own adventures again; especially back on Coniston Water. A couple of weeks ago, Paul and I took kayaks down to the southern end of the lake and paddled out to Peel Island, otherwise known as Wildcat Island to Ransome aficionados. The secret harbour and the lookout point […]

    Owner’s Update

    19th July 2021

    Now that the legal restrictions have been lifted and Elterwater Hostel is almost fully open, following its longest closed period in history, we thought you might appreciate a brief update on recent goings on and future plans. It has been an extremely difficult time for the entire hospitality industry, particularly for those offering shared facilities. […]

    23 Before Tea: a new challenge for runners in the Lakes

    8th June 2021

    What started out as a silly idea in the pub, has morphed into a new challenge for runners in the lakes. Back in Elterwater after too long away from the fells, sitting in the Britannia Inn, with a mate and a pint of Bluebird, Paul Tierney’s record-breaking run around all the Wainwrights (which we’d helped […]

    English Tourism Week 2021

    27th May 2021

    This week is English Tourism Week. At the hostel we’re incredibly proud of being part of such an important industry that in a normal year generates £3 billion for Cumbria and also allows us to meet lots of amazing guests. This past year has of course meant that everyone has had to stay at home […]

    Nick’s Lockdown Thoughts – “We’ll be back”

    10th April 2021

    Winter 20/21… even weirder than summer 2020! Who’d have thought that was even possible?   Normally the run up to Christmas is fairly busy with Bottom Bunk Club bookings and multiple sole use bookings, often involving 3 to 5-course Christmas dinners for up 30 plus people, interspersed with painting and decorating and managing any hostel […]

    Charlie’s Lockdown Locks and Things To Look Forward To

    28th February 2021

    As my mum sat at her school desk in a little west coast town in New Zealand, the boys would dip the ends of her long plaits into the ink well on the desk behind…. if this ‘lockdown business’ goes on much longer, my hair will be long enough to reach the ink well too! […]

    Lingmoor Fell: Andy’s Favourite Walk From The Hostel

    12th October 2020

      Standing at 469m Lingmoor Fell packs a lot into its socially distanced position between Great and Little Langdale. The fell is steep and craggy and covered in heather getting its name from the Old Norse word Lyng meaning heather. A serpent like wall  handily leads to the summit giving a view of Lingmoor Tarn […]

    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 […]

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