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YHA Hawkshead

Esthwaite Lodge, Ambleside, LA220QD, United Kingdom

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Set in the south of the Lake District, there is lots to see and do in the area around YHA Hawkshead - walking, biking, watersports and visiting historic sites.

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Ambleside Hostel

Hostel Ambleside

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Hawkshead YHA is in a beautiful Regency mansion with stunning grounds overlooking Esthwaite Water in the Lake District. This is a great base to explore the beautiful village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top, Grizedale Forest and the southern fells.

Enjoy good food and local ales in the hostel’s comfortable restaurant. Rooms have 3-6+ beds and facilities include TV, laundry, self-catering kitchen, games room and internet access.

Great for walking and cycling, nearby Grizedale Forest also offers some of the country’s best mountain-biking. Explore the surrounding Beatrix Potter country from here too, plus there’s easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 15:00 to 23:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 345 3719321

Fax. +44 345 3719322

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Go Ape (1 to 2km)
  • Grizedale Mountain Biking (1 to 2km)
  • Lake Windermere (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Insgesamt schönee Aufenthalt. Dining room und lounge gemütlich und großzügig. Negativpunkt war die selfcooking kitchen, die viel zu klein für die vielen Leute war, nicht akzeptabel


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Sat 26 Aug 2017

Steamer sausepan


Avatar for Kathleen


Sat 16 Jul 2016

the showers and toilets need to be renewed. the kitchen needs to be deep cleaned and some equipment renewed.


Avatar for dominique


Tue 19 Aug 2014

Lovely new bedding . Members kitchen needs a bit of a sort as not enough cutlery or crockery. However great to have an oven .


Avatar for Simon


Sun 16 Feb 2014

For the money a fair price


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Sat 21 Sep 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cinema (5 to 10km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (500m - 1km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (500m - 1km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

145km Liverpool.
8km from Stagecoach 505/6 from Ambleside.
Alternate Transport
2km South of Hawkshead on Newby Bridge Road westside of Esthwaite water At hostel
Parking available at the hostel.
11km Windermere station.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking

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