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Welcome to your guide to Lake District Budget and Backpackers accommodation

If you're looking for good accommodation on a strict budget in the Lake District, we may have just what you're looking for. And don't forget to try the Lake District Youth Hostels page! Or you might like to try a stay in a Camping Barn.

Thorney How Independent Hostel - Grasmere.

Thorney How was once owned by the YHA but has now reopened its doors as an independent hostel in the heart of the Lake District. Situated under Helm Crag in Grasmere, Thorney How is a family run hostel providing warm, comfortable and, best of all, affordable accommodation for groups, families and of course individual walkers and climbers. You can find Thorney How just off the beaten track of the Coast to Coast walk, and it's a great rest stop for those heading on towards Patterdale and beyond. The owners also offer good hearty food to warm you through after a long hard day out in the Lake District weather!

The accommodation on offer will suit most groups and individuals who want comfort at a reasonable price: there are rooms and beds for individuals, families, small and large groups, ranging from private 2 bunk rooms to single sex dormitories with ten bunk beds. In total there is room for 53 people in a total of 10 bedrooms. All the rooms have good views, and as you would expect, are fully carpeted, warm and comfortable. There's a separate annexe underneath Helm Crag which has 24 bunk beds and can be used for mixed types of groups, couples and individuals. Should you be travelling in a large group, or a charitable group, discounts are available.

Among the other facilities on offer are private parking, a drying room, a licensed bar, spacious grounds and cycle store, together with good food. With a large dining area that can seat around 40, full catering & self-catering facilities and a full licence for alcohol, Thorney How is able to accommodate many kinds of food and drink related activities! And note that a full English breakfast is a mere 6 a head! Now that's hard to beat!

If you have some specific requests or are planning a function that the owners can help you with, all you need to do is give them a quick ring to discuss the options. And if you just want a bed for the night, you can check availability and book online. Last but not least, for dog owners, a kennel is available for doggy guests at 5.00 per dog per night. But this must be arranged in advance as there is only space for two dogs at a time.

For more information and prices please contact 015394 35597 or email

Exterior view of Thorney How and a view of the lounge - click to enlarge!

Reception and one of the bedrooms


Lake District Backpackers Lodge

Lake District Backpackers Lodge offers cosy and comfortable accommodation in clean dorms or rooms with hot showers, and organises activities like Mountain Biking or Trekking.
High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
Phone: 015394 46374 Web:


English Lakes Backpackers

Clean, comfortable and all the facilities that you'd expect. Recently refurbished.
Old Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria.
Phone: 015394 32340 Web:


Denton House

Denton House is a purpose-built accommodation centre run by a friendly and experienced team of staff. Denton House also operates as a licensed outdoor pursuits centre and we run regular days out for hostellers; climbing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling etc. Families please note: they do not take children aged 12 or under unless in a room exclusively booked for a family or youth group, and there will be large single sex groups using the centre on many weekends. Children under 16 must be in a group with a responsible adult.
Denton House, Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria,
CA12 4JW
Phone: 017687 75351 Web: Email:


New Ing Lodge

Some of the best mountain bike tracks in the UK are located on the doorstep, and the property hires out mountain bikes, though they have many more activities including orienteering, kayaking, wilderness camping and climbing, with the added bonus of bush-craft skills courses! An excellent breakfast is provided, with porridge, the full English breakfast, continental breakfast or a superb range of vegetarian food. Evening meals and packed lunches are available on request. And last but not least, there are dorm rooms with some camping in the grassy paddock at the back of the building. As well as en-suite rooms, the Lodge offers bunkroom beds at very reasonable rates. Located in the Eastern Fells on the edge of the Lake District and the Eden Valley in Cumbria, the Lodge is on Wainwright's coast to coast walk and the Westmorland Way, and it makes access easy for the Eastern Fells of the Lake District, The Howgills and The Pennine way.
New Ing Farm, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
Phone: 01931 716 719 web:

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