Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Elterwater, Ambleside , Cumbria LA22 9HX

Contact: 015394-37245



Why is this accommodation venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Offering cosy and affordable accommodation at the heart of England’s most geologically diverse national park; Elterwater Hostel is the ideal choice for school and university field excursions.

Nestled within the impressive, glacially scoured Langdale Valley, the Hostel offers a perfect base for field study of some of the world’s best and most-accessible geographical and geological features. There is also broad scope for outdoor group activities, which can be tied into the curriculum.

Aside from the physical landscape, we are also within easy reach (by road or footpath) of a number of honeypot sites of natural, historical and cultural interest; including the homes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.   We pride ourselves on our strong links with the Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue team, and local activity providers as well as the Fields Studies Council, whose advice on both safety and educational matters is invaluable. Please get in touch to discuss your needs and we will be more than happy to help



What size groups do they cater for?

We cater for groups up to 40 for exclusive use
Smaller groups can be catered for by booking only the required rooms

Please provide information room sizes and room facilities:

Guests are accommodated in eleven rooms, made up of the following: 4 x 6-bed rooms, 1 x 4-bed room and 6 x 2-bed rooms.

All rooms are bunk beds.

All bedding is provided.

Separate male and female washrooms are provided as well as additional private showers

There is also a large multi-functional shared space which operates as lounge/dining area but also doubles as a classroom or activity space if required.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Prices start from £20 per person per night for accommodation only, with group and catering discounts available.

Groups booking on a full board basis are eligible for one free adult for every 10 places booked.

What is your process for booking pre-arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments are available for inspection. Fire drill and safety briefing can be arranged to suit your requirements

A pre visit familiarisation is encouraged and is free of charge for up to 2 adults for one night once a refundable deposit has been paid on school group booking. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff, check out safety arrangement and risk assessments and to familiarise yourself with the hostel and to visit nearby study sites.

What are the contact details for Your Accommodation?

As a small hostel all members of staff are able to help you with your initial enquiry.

However Nick Owen (the manager) who has over 20 years experience welcoming schools and other groups at the hostel will be your designated contact point.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

As a small hostel all members of staff are able to help you with your initial enquiry.

However Nick Owen (the manager) who has over 20 years experience welcoming schools and other groups at the hostel will be your designated contact point.

Do you have first aid on site?

Yes, please provide first aiders within your groups.

Are there disabled facilities?

We have facilities to assist some with ambulatory disabilities - double handrails on stairs and in bathrooms and Braille signs throughout.

However the building and sleeping accommodation is not suitable for wheelchair users.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open 7 days a week all year round for school groups.

Reception is open from 7am – 10 am and from 5pm to 11 pm but an on site member of staff is available outside these hours in case of an emergency.

The hostel is open all day for your use so if an activity finishes early or the weather turns bad you are welcome to come back to the Hostel at any time.

Normal check in is from 5 pm but early check in can be arranged on request.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?
“Stayed at Elterwater many times. Always a pleasure. Staff so friendly and helpful. Flexible meal times and homely feel.” July 2015 Secondary School

“Facilities were first class.
The staff on duty were extremely flexible and helped us to sort any problems very efficiently” - June 2015 Primary School

“Very friendly and welcoming staff. Every effort made to accommodate the needs of both students and staff. Thoroughly enjoyable stay.” Secondary School October 2014

“Always friendly, flexible and very helpful. Love staying here” June 2014 Secondary School

Further information:

With a wealth of the UK’s most diverse geology on the doorstep, with excellent exposures for study, the classic glacially scoured Langdale Valley, makes an excellent option for study, featuring a number of key elements from the curriculum.

In addition to guided walks, canoeing, climbing and abseiling (which can be arranged through local outdoor activity providers), we have very close connections with Langdale Mountain Rescue team and can arrange visits to their base in Ambleside, or for a speaker to visit the Hostel and talk to students. We have a number of bat detectors that are available to borrow.

Other local attractions include:

In Elterwater Mertz Barn the home of artist Kurt Scwitters

In Ambleside (4.3 miles ) Bridge House, Armitt Museum, Galava Roman Fort, Ambleside Climbing wall, Caving Holes, Brockhole Visitor Centre, Tree Top Trek and Wray Castle

In Grasmere (2.3 miles by car or walking 8.3 miles by coach) Allan Bank – Home of Wordsworth, Dove Cottage - Home of Wordsworth and Wordsworth Museum

Near Sawrey ( 10 miles) Hill Top – Beatrix Potter’s Home

Unfortunately there is no parking available at the Hostel but there is a National Trust Car Park in the center of the village. (on road parking is also available on the village outskirts)

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Hostels Lodges

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