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Accommodation Details YHA Ennerdale
High Gillerthwaite, Cat Crag , Ennerdale CumbriaCA23 3AX
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Comments by walkers who stayed at YHA Ennerdale in Ennerdale Bridge on The Coast to Coast Path
My husband and I stayed here in June 2016 on our C2C walk. We walked from St.Bees and it ended up being nearly 37 km. So it is a great deal past Ennerdale Bridge, but doable. We had a late start from St.Bees due to some problems, and ended up arriving at 9.30 pm at the YHA. The staff was very friendly, and waited for us and had our dinner ready, which tasted like heaven after such a long walk. Beautiful location with mountains on every side. A great YHA! Wish we could have stayed there for many more days.
Helga Thalseth (Norway) , left on 24 October 2016
We stopped here for Night 2 of the Coast to Coast walk. It has a fantastic atmosphere, warm, friendly, very clean and a superb communal
John Whalley, left on 28 July 2014
Good accommodation, well run and a friendly welcome.
anon, left on 09 October 2013
We were there (grand-daughter and myself July 2010 after walking from Cleator around rough end of lake. She was not feeling too well and we got a great welcome. Just made it before rain. Pasta dinner hit the spot, self breakfast fine, good nights sleep in bunks and wish we could have spent more time. Fire felt good in library. Strange timed lights in showers added to the middle-of-no-where accommodation experience. Very clean. Friendly. We walked up the ponyh trek through Scarth Gap to Buttermere, took bus from parking lot beside old farm all the way to Keswick(nice grocery with tables to eat at and great local icecream) and around to Grasmere. Nice tour on the way. Stayed at Grasmere Hostel . (Super, too, but stiflingly hot.) My favorite area in the world.
Sylvia Thurlow Moose, Shelby K, left on 19 October 2012
Very comfortable hostel in lovely location. A reasonable day's walk from Cleator. For a small extra fee we managed to have our own room. The staff were very helpful. We stayed 1 Sept 2012.
Jenny and Alex, left on 02 October 2012
The first thing to say is this hostel is a very LONG way from St Bees - a 20 mile walk. We arrived here quite late in the evening and the staff had saved us some dinner which was nice. If you like cheap and cheerful then this is for you. The Hostel was clean, the food was good and the shower was warm.
Steph Bett , left on 09 September 2011
OK. Has the usual drawbacks of any hostel (vying for showers, snorers, etc.) but all as you’d expect from a Youth Hostel. I would like to emphasise, though, that YHA Ennerdale is about 5 miles on from Ennerdale Bridge and, as such, makes for a long first day if walking from St Bees.
Robert Norman, left on 21 June 2011
Our family of 5 stayed here on 8th August 2010. Great Youth Hostel in a fabulous location, recently refurbished with a good drying room (very important here) and excellent home-cooked meals - accompanied by good locally brewed bottled beers. We had a (small) clean bunk room for 6 to ourselves - ideal. The only snag is it is 5 miles from Ennerdale Bridge, so makes the first day a 20 mile walk from St Bees.
John & Josie Thompson & family, left on 26 August 2010
Large almost empty hostal. Experience ruined by managers complete lack of understanding in refusing to heat the
T. Waycott, left on 25 July 2010
Comfortable rooms, good food and an outstanding location. Arriving somewhat late following the long walk from St. Bees, the very friendly staff was accomodating and able to put some meals together for our family. Stayed August 2009.
Tim, Susan, Michael, John & Brandon, USA, left on 07 September 2009
Four of us (women walkers...ages 50+and 60+) stayed one night on the C2C route. The food was excellent! The rooms a bit tiny for the 4 of us with luggage, but we survived quite nicely. The only inconvenience was a very crowded
Cathy Carpenter, left on 09 April 2009
Nice hostel, clean and roomy. Food great. Pleasant staff. shower OK. Packed lunch good.
Kim burns, left on 02 August 2008
Clean, efficient, friendly and new, if a bit far to walk on the first day. The bonus was an easier second day so that we could go via the high route to Rosthwaite. This was well worth it for the spectacular views.
Claire Davies, left on 23 June 2008
We wanted to go to Black Sail, but YHA Ennerdale is a terrific good alternative. Perfect diner and breakfast, humor, tea and cakes, a warm fire, small and cosy. And a good start for the 'high peaks' of the coast-to-coast.
Agnes de Boer (Holland), left on 21 September 2007
Luckily I read other walkers' feedback regarding the extra distance beyond Ennerdale and planned my day accordingly. The other groups staying the night there did not! The place had been recently renovated and was very clean and neat. The showers are TINY, though, and I didn't have hot water in the morning. No worries since I took a shower the night before. The evening and morning meals were good, and the people were friendly. The location is great...definitely the quietest place I stayed at on the whole C2C route.
Rip, left on 12 September 2007
Our group wandered in to Ennerdale around 7 PM. The guy who planned the trip (me) didn't realize the hostel was another 5 miles down the path. When we figured this out we decided to have a pint and a nice dinner at the Fox & Hounds and take a cab to the hostel. Good plan. We arrived after dark and got a warm welcome from the staff. A great breakfast was served in the morning and our group celebrated the fact that a bag that was lost by the airline enroute from Richmond, Virginia was deliverd at a qurater to one in the morning.
Larry , left on 03 October 2006
Mum and I stayed here on 18th July. Only 2 other guests so we had a room for 6 to ourselves.
Facilities are basic but Tony the warden is very friendly and Andy cooked us a superb 3 course meal - fresh Borrowdale trout - YUM
Very good breakfast and packed lunch too
Lovely setting but don't forget the midge cream
Deborah & Gwen, left on 06 August 2006
Good grub, friendly warden and a
dez, left on 11 July 2006
I hiked through in July of 2005, and the Ennerdale Hostel is a phenomenal place to stay--not much if you're into fancy hotels, but just right after a long day of walking in the rain. The wardens were friendly, the evening meal was superb, and the location just can't be topped.
Madeline, left on 27 March 2006
Very basic youth hostel, but ran by a great girl, who was very laid back and welcoming and cooked us an excellent evening meal.

Perfect location.
Chrissy, left on 27 September 2005
What a tip! Whilst because of its isolation you cannot expect too much a clean hostel this is not! Don't think it has been cleaned in years.
Perfect location however overlooking Pillar and handy for Borrowdale the next day. Just remember though this place is nearly 5 miles on from Ennerale Bridge making your first day 19 miles - maybe a tad too much for your first day. It was for us, we were shattered.

You'd be better off staying in the village for your first night.

August 13th 2005
Mike, left on 25 August 2005
Great place to stay following a long, hot days walk. Excellent scenic location. Greeted and looked after by friendly warden. Choice of food was good in the traditional youth hostel style.
Sharon & Jonathan, left on 25 August 2005
A Hostel in the 'old style' - you do your own washing up, and the one communal room makes for a friendly atmosphere. Also has a real fire and an over-friendly cat!
Kate B, left on 28 April 2004
No one told us that this youth hostel is quite a distance from Ennerdale Bridge. Like 4 miles! Don't count on staying here if you want to end you day at Ennerdale Bridge.
W. Friel, left on 23 July 2003


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