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Kitchen and Common Room

The large traditional common room combines a sitting area, dining room and self-catering kitchen. It is well-equipped with gas hobs, oven, utensils and crockery, and heated by wood burning stove. 


The cosy lounge has comfy chairs, a coal stove and many books, games, musical instruments and a dart board.


Dorm rooms and private rooms can be booked through the YHA.
For sole use of the hostel, or any other questions about staying at Skiddaw House, please email the hostel direct on
The bedrooms are unheated but there are plenty of blankets and hot water bottles. Freshly laundered bedding is provided.

Licensed Shop - cash only

Skiddaw House is self-catering but our shop sells plenty of food, snacks and soft drinks, as well as a range of wines, local ales, spirits and whiskys. 
As we are licensed, please do not bring your own alcohol.
We stock ales from this fantastic local microbrewery:
The shop and bar are cash only.
Food we usually stock: Tinned and packaged ready meals such as curry, bolognaise and chilli (some vegetarian and vegan), pasta, rice, tinned tuna, baked beans, tinned vegetables and pulses, porridge oats, muesli, UHT milk, steamed puddings, rice puddings, tinned fruit, fruit juice, chocolate, cereal bars and crisps.
Please note we don't stock perishable food e.g. bread, eggs, fruit.

More info

Towels are available to hire for £2.
Shower gel is available to buy for 60p.
There are plenty of slippers to borrow!


Environmental Sustainability

Skiddaw House is off-grid! Limited electricity is generated by solar panels. This powers the lighting but don't expect electric kettles, microwaves or plug sockets here. We do have gas boilers, so our showers are still hot on rainy days. Heating is provided by wood-burning stoves and sheep's wool insulation keeps the heat in (no heating in the bedrooms though). LED lighting, composting and waste recycling, tree-planting in the hostel woodland, and minimising the number of vehicle journeys all help to reduce the hostel's environmental impact.
Woodburning Stove
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