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“A handy hostel in the wilderness” 4 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Cat Crag, Ennerdale Bridge CA23 3AX , England   |  
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“A handy hostel in the wilderness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We walked about 19 miles from St Bees to get there so were quite tired and hungry. The hostel is about 5 miles from the nearest village and 15 from a supermarket so is remote for townies like us. On arrival we had a friendly welcome and were quickly feeling at home. Hot food was available with a meat and a veg option plus a dessert. The food was basic but nourishing, filling and tasty. They even had bottled beer on sale to complete the meal.
The room we were in had three double bunks which would have been quite crowded but there was only three of us in there so not too bad. The bunks were too short for someone of 6'4" like me but I managed to stretch my feet out of the end. There must be a lot of people in similar circumstances as many more people are my height or more nowadays. The showers were a little cramped but functional.
Breakfast was well cooked and filling.
A great place to have a stopover and not just for young people. Would definitely consider using again if I was walking in the area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London
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34 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

A group of six of us friends stayed here over a long weekend. It was tricky to find as we took a turn too early after reaching Ennerdale Bridge so carry on until you see the YHA sign. A stunning location and our kind of place for a weekend away to the North West Lakes, a world apart from other parts of the Lake District. The hostel was well equipped and we self catered, although there's the option to purchase breakfast and dinner, if you let them know in advance to get in enough supplies. Our group had two rooms booked which were spotless and the bunks were comfortable, but rather low so you can't sit on your bed if you're in the bottom bunk and mind your head! The showers were adequate, clean and outside our room and the other room had en suite. A nice touch are the homemade cakes laid out every day for walkers passing through as this hostel also operates as a cafe during the day. Fortunately, due to the location, it was never busy and we enjoyed meeting people popping in for tea and cake. We were really pleased that Chris gave us a larger room at no extra charge and Sue let us see the hydro-electric system of this off grid hostel. On the other hand, we did find the place to be cold most of the time and the drying room was not heated, but this was due to a problem with the generator which was getting fixed as we left. It was really difficult to light the lovely fire in the living room and there was no box of matches provided so we had to give up on that. In the kitchen we missed the use of a toaster and too much space was taken up with all the homebaking when we needed to cook for 6. Sue and Chris are really lovely, knowledgeable about the area, offered us suggestions for mountain biking routes and at 1am came to open the door when I locked us out! Can't wait to return to Ennerdale next year to climb Pillar Rock....we would definitely recommend this hostel for its remote and beautiful setting, its cleanliness, comfort and lovely staff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

What a lovely retreat away from the madness of the Southern Lakes. The hostel is small and has its own hydro-electric supply and no TV, internet or phone reception, so it's definitely a spot to get away from it all. The hostel is immaculately clean and there are great cakes and a decent full English.....It is very small, however, and if it were full the communal areas would be pretty crowded and might detract from the peaceful atmosphere which is the main attraction here. The views of Pillar from the brekfast room are amazing!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cat Crag, Ennerdale Bridge CA23 3AX , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Ennerdale Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Ennerdale Bridge
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Ennerdale 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forget the TV, internet and mobile phones. In a remote wooded valley surrounded by fells, ridges and famous peaks, these converted forestry cottages provide the perfect away-from-it-all rural retreat. Perfect for outdoor activity breaks in the Lake District, there's something for everyone - from sheltered forest tracks for walking and cycling holidays, to rock climbing, mountain ridges and scrambling. After all that activity you can enjoy a tasty meal in the hostel. If you're looking for an eco break, you'll be interested to know that the hostel has an off-grid, environmentally friendly hydro-electric power supply and its own drinking water! ... more   less 
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YHA Ennerdale Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria

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