Arnside Independent Hostel Cumbria
Arnside Independent Hostel Redhills Road, Arnside, Cumbria, LA5 0AT
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer on a school trip
The mountains of the Lake District form a dramatic backdrop to the local contrasting countryside of woodland, coast and limestone landscape. Within easy reach of the village are the southern parts of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancaster and Morecambe.
The hostel stands in its own gardens in a commanding location overlooking Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells. The village center is a 2-minute walk away, but open countryside is virtually on the doorstep. Our beautiful building dates from 1911 and has a mellow, mature and understated grandeur that takes one back to the less frenetic Edwardian age.
The YHA bought and converted the building into a hostel in 1978, then in February 2014 sold the building to the present owners, Martin Gilmore and Leigha Derry, who have kept it running as an independent hostel. The capacity of 67 (can make up to 70 if needed) is in varying room sizes which sleep 1 to 8 persons in both dorm and private rooms, with the majority of rooms being made up of bunk beds, but with some double and single beds. All bedding is provided.
The building is surrounded by its own private garden, which is laid out on a series of terraces. Groups are welcome to use the garden at any time, but natural hazards make it unsuitable, not to say dangerous, as a play area for younger groups. A footpath leads directly from the garden to the shore and plenty of open space (though do be aware of tide times), or alternatively, there are playing fields and a recreational ground 600 yard distance away.
The village is well served with most amenities. Lancaster, 15 miles away, is a historic City. It has a University and an active arts community, supporting in particular the Dukes Playhouse and a live music scene. Morecambe offers bowling, mega-zone and a multi-screen cinema. Kendal, 12 miles away, is the nearest town. Apart from its value as a shopping center with usual services, there is also a leisure center with swimming pool, climbing wall and the Brewery Arts Centre and cinema.
The area lends itself perfectly to all levels of education from Ks1 right through to post graduates, covering many subject the most popular being Science and Geography.
With everything on our doorstep from Leighton Moss RSPB and the Wildlife Oasis to the natural surroundings of the estuary and the AONB, Haysham Power station, local wind farms and Haltons Forge mill eco community housing project you can cover many aspects of the curriculum - living things and habitats, reproduction, ecosystems, conservation, marine biology, human and physical geography, fieldwork to name just a few. Fully led NC linked packages can be arranged, in association with the Field Studies Council at Castlehead who offer GCSE, A/S and A2 level Geography, Geology and Biology packages. We also have links with Dallam Outdoors, Heversham, who can offer a variety of outdoor activities. Dallam Outdoors offers a wide variety of activities for all age groups such as canoeing, caving, climbing, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, sea kayaking all of which can be put together in a tailor-made package.