Hawkshead YHA - Ambleside Hostel, Ambleside

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Nice Place to stay.

Staff were nice and friendly. They were willing to answer all kind of questions. Bed was tidy and clean. Breakfast was delicious. However, it is a bit far from the Hawkshead Village. I used about 20 Minutes to get back to town.

Age 20 | Chinese (Hong Kong)

I came here last week. came back today for a geography trip and it's a fantastic place! The view from the dinning room is amazing! The food is awesome too!

Kelly Y

Esthwaite Lodge, also known as YHA Hawkshead, is a busy little hostel that sits on the shore of little Esthwaite Water, a typical classic Regency Period mansion that was once home to Francis Brett Young, one of England's greatest regional novelists.

The hostel has fourteen 3-4 and eight 6-8 bedded rooms and is reasonably priced. It also has a lounge, TV and games room, self-catering kitchen, toilets, drying rooms, laundry, showers, shop, cycle store, and grounds. The accommodation is split between the main house and an annex. The annex also contains classroom facilities, which makes this a popular hostel for groups and training courses. It is clean and comfortable but feels a bit dated in places.

Full catering is available -- breakfast is served at 8 a.m. and picnic lunches need to be booked the night before. Wine and beer are available from reception.

There is in theory ample parking at the hostel, with parking both at the front of the hostel and an overflow car park. The easiest way to come if you're driving is M6 junction 36 then follow off the A590 towards Barrow Road, turn right at Newby Bridge and follow the road straight following signs for Hawkhead for quite a while. Once you turn off the A590 it seems a very long way, especially if it's dark. It is easy to drive past the entrance -- the hostel is well signed only once you are really already there. You could drive in from the north via Ambleside but this route gets really busy with tourist traffic, and can take a lot longer than coming the other way.

The 505 bus goes from Ambleside to Consiton via Hawkshead about once every hour, you could also get the YHA shuttle bus or the mountain goat -- an independent "backpacker bus." The hostel is walkable from several other hostels in the area and the reception sells illustrated maps of the routes.

The village of Hawkshead, just one mile away, is a beautiful picturesque lakeland village which includes all the facilities you could need -- supermarket, post office, cafes, gift shops, and outdoor pursuit shops. The attractions in the village include the old grammar school that boasts the poet William Wordsworth among its students and the National Trust's Beatrix Potter museum and gallery which can be found in a 17th Century building that was once the office of the Potter's husband, local solicitor William Heelis. The Gallery houses an annually changing exhibition of a selection of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and illustrations. The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels is also worth a look. And be sure try something from the award winning Hawkshead Relish Company and the Hawkshead brewery.

Rachel Bland

I stayed here recently as a part of a UK Youth Parliament Northwest residential. I had the time of my life! The food was fantastic, the house was beautiful, and the facilities were excellent. The house contributed to a warm, relaxed atmosphere, and there was substantial space for all the youth workers and the numerous teenagers staying. The surroundings were breathtaking, and the grounds were large and mature. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend at Hawkshead, and would recommend it to anyone who wants a perfect destination for a large party of people.


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Not the greatest experience as the car was hit while parked on site and who ever hit it simply drove off leaving a long deep wide scratch across two doors and a wheel arch. No cctv cameras on site.

Nothing the staff could do of course, but as it was our last day it left a sour taste on an otherwise nice weekend


Liked: The large dorm size Didn't like: Cooking and washing areas in self service kitchen a bit cramped.


Liked: It is a beautiful property and the kitchen is very spacious with lots of cooking equipment. Our 8 bed room was massive with a huge window and modern bunk beds. Didn't like: The staff were so friendly and helpful, one morning my friend and I enquired about where to eggs and the gentleman at the front desk just gave us 4 from the kitchen!


Liked: It was perfect for what i wanted.The place had great character in a wonderful setting.The staff were extremely helpful and nothing was too much bother.The facilities were good.The food was good.The room was comfortable. Didn't like: To be honest thee was nothing i disliked. What you get is real value for money


Liked: for those backpackers like me, i suggest you'd better live at the YHA in Windermere or Ambleside, Hawkshead YHA is 40 min away from the train station by bus and it takes 7 pounds for each ride! besides that, you need to walk 20 min from the hawkshead village center with your luggage in hand! if you wanna go sightseeing around the lake district, there's only one bus depart from Hawkshead and runs only til 6:00pm (holiday on 4:00pm), so i personally think, if youre a backpacker or a solo traveler in Lake District, yha hawkshead would df NOT a good place to chose! but for those with kids and got cars to ride, the view and surroundings of the hostel is pretty nice! Didn't like: bad location for solo traveler!


Liked: Hospitality, location kitchen comfort. Didn't like: Toilets


Liked: Great, friendly staff Didn't like: Not enough plug sockets in the dorms!


Stunning property with nice gardens


Liked: Easy to findgood facilities Didn't like: Cleanliness needs to be looked at


Liked: Staff where very helpful and friendly! and the town near by has a lovely British feel to it with several nice pubs and shops! Didn't like: There are only 3 showers so when you all come back from a day of hiking you have to take that into account!


Liked: the building itself and the setting Didn't like: disliked the fact that for an 8 bed dorm there were only 6 keys available for the room, the bannister was held up against the opposite wall with a piece of 4 x 2 wood, the mattress protectors were filthy, the beds creaked like an old wooden ship with any movement and the self caterers were treated like second rate citizens - 50 % of the electric hobs were out of order.



The hostel is a beautiful Regency mansion with stunning grounds overlooking Esthwaite Water. This is a great base to explore the beautiful village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potters Hill Top, Grizedale Forest and the southern fells.

Family-friendly and in a glorious setting, this grade II listed Regency style building overlooks tranquil Esthwaite Water. Great for walking and cycling, nearby Grizedale Forest also offers some of the countrys best mountain-biking. Explore the surrounding Beatrix Potter country from here too, plus theres easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere. Enjoy good food and local ales in the hostels comfortable restaurant.

Our rooms are in two buildings, one of which has 24 hour access once check-in has been completed.

Please note, we do not charge an additional temporary membership fee. Discounts are not available for members of YHA (England & Wales) or IYHF as part of this booking

We also have:
Two steps into the main building and also into the Courtyard Lodge
Ground floor bedrooms in the Courtyard Lodge
En-suite rooms

Location and Contact


• From M6 J36 take A590 toward Barrow in Furness. At Newby Bridge go straight on at roundabout then take next right following signs to Lakeside and Hawkshead. From Hawkshead village turn right out of village following signs to Newby Bridge. YHA Hawkshead is 1 mile out of village.
• Ordanance Survey Map Number:
• 96
• Grid Reference:
• 354 96
• Hostel Longitude:
• -2.994753
• Hostel Latitude:
• 54.361697



Address: Esthwaite Lodge, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria - The Lake District, England

Hawkshead YHA - Ambleside Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Hawkshead YHA - Ambleside Hostel Ambleside www.hihostels.com/hostels/yha-hawkshead
Phone Number: +44-15394-36293
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby


BBQ Grill

Credit Card Payments



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Pool Table


Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew


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