Youth Hostels

For those in their university year’s youth hostels are a great way to explore the Lake District, given that they are generally low cost and spread throughout every corner of the area, making it an easy way to travel from hike to hike, or walk to walk.

Most hostels do not require that you book accommodation in advance, but for groups of six or more it is recommended ,and required by some hostels that you do book ahead in order to secure space.  Many offer free breakfast with rates that range on average from around twenty to thirty pounds making them excellent choices.

Those that want a central base to sleep at while exploring the Lake District National Park, Ambleside Backpackers is located in the centre of the park and is situated near car, foot, bus, or bike paths to all of the towns, lakes, and valleys within the Lake District.

A simpler hostel that offers basic amenities but a low price in one of the most beautiful villages of the Lake District is the YHA Hawkshead.  Although you may not receive breakfast and internet access, there is a games room, beds, and a guest area included in the low price making it great for hikers on a budget.

Another basic but sufficient hostel along the edge of the Lake District is The Walkers Hostel which offers check-in after 4pm every night and close proximity to restaurants, pubs, and a supermarket.  Additionally, breakfast and Wi-Fi are offered with internet included in the basic price.

Finally, for those that need a Lake District youth hostel that is close to the bus or train station, the Lake District Backpackers hostel is a simple two minute walk and offers breakfast in the price as well as internet access and a guest kitchen.