I've stayed at this hostel several times over the years, always in a 6 bed dorm. Their shared dorm rooms are lovely compared to many YHAs - bright and fresh, with lots of windows. I liked that I could hear the beck outside whilst lying in bed. This hostel is in the most beautiful area of the Lakes (in my opinion), located alongside a gorgeous peaceful beck (where swimming is possible). I recommend walking 20 mins to nearby Stonethwaite for dinner as there is a fantastic pub there with outdoor seating. The only thing that wasn't so great this time around was the food. I didn't have the dinner, but the breakfast was only sub-par. These sorts of things seem to change with staff from year to year, though, so it may be better next season. I'll definitely return.
Worth noting there is no mobile signal of any kind in the area. The hostel has free wifi for YHA members.More