When I booked this hostel I thought that its location was a bit hard to reach for a person who is dependent on public transport. I worried that I might have to walk for too long to get to the hostel, but I was wrong as the hostel was within short walking distance up the hill from the nearest bus stop which is Elterwater (accesible by bus 516 from Ambleside). The views from that hill are stunning (see photos) and it is really worth walking up that hill. Up the hill and well hidden behind the trees stood this massive, imposant hostel.
The staff were very friendly, helpful, multi-task and very knowledgeable about the area, giving me good advice. In the evening I had tasty homecooked food, which was good value for money and convenient if you don't want to spend hours in the self-catering kitchen cooking a meal. Cooked evening meals are served between 6 and 8 pm. I also had several pints of Guinness on the terrace, while enjoying the beautiful scenery. You are not allowed to bring alcohol on the premises but you can buy various alcoholic drinks from the reception at pub prices.
The bunk bed was very comfortable in a very spacious dormitory. Despite feeling a bit cold at night, I had a very good night sleep. There are lockers under the beds, but you have to bring your own padlock. I did bring a padlock but was too small so I was unable to use the locker. A solution could be to have the opportunity to hire/buy suitably sized padlocks on the premises in case one wants to lock away valuables.
In the morning I had cooked breakfast, which was very cheap (only £4.99) and gave me lots of energy for the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Popular with lovers of the great outdoors, YHA Langdale is a rambling Victorian mansion standing in picturesque grounds between Elterwater & Grasmere. It's ideal for exploring the dramatic Langdale Pikes. Spend summer evenings on our balcony with great views of Windermere and Bowness. Enjoy cooler nights in the Great Hall in front of a roaring log fire. This friendly, licensed hostel offers great home-cooked food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- YHA Langdale Lake District/Loughrigg, Cumbria