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.



Refill your water bottle here

12th June 2019

Water’s free – and you’re very welcome to call here at Elterwater Independent Hostel and refill from our outside tap. In fact, it doesn’t seem so long ago that everyone carried a reusable water bottle. Now we have to mark National Refill Day to prevent millions of single-use plastic bottles from polluting our streets and our […]

Five best walks with children in the Lakes

29th May 2019

You’ll be surprised how happily children will go for a walk in the Lakes if there’s some excitement along the way. Here’s five great little walks easily done from Elterwater Independent Hostel.These are recommendations, not detailed guides. You will need a good map, and we sell the AA/OS maps which cover the routes here. If […]

Top activities for families in the Lake District

20th May 2019

Young and old love coming to stay at Elterwater and we are close to some of the best activities for families that the Lake District has to offer. Here’s our top tips for all the family. 1. The newly opened Windermere Jetty museum of boats, steam and stories has enough to keep youngsters occupied for […]

The wrap on our Easter egg challenge

21st April 2019

Many thanks to all who took part in our Easter egg treasure hunt challenge. We know that all of the clues were found…but not all of the eggs were claimed. Congratulations to one of the winners, Caitlin McKay, who came along for her egg after finding the clue here in our village. We’d be pleased […]

Hoola hoop challenge on a mountain top

1st April 2019

We took to the top of a mountain on April Fool’s Day with hoola hoops, and some very surprising results. It was just a fun idea; manager Nick remembered a hoola hoop in his daughter’s room and wondered if people still had the skill. And on the summit of Loughrigg (1099feet) we found that they […]

Easter egg treasure hunt

27th March 2019

An Easter egg treasure hunt on the lower hills around our hostel will start in Easter week. Starting Monday April 15, on every day leading up to Easter Sunday, we will publish a clue here on our website. The clues will lead treasure seekers onto the lower fells around our village of Elterwater in the […]

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 […]

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