The 'Happy New Year' Newsletter

What Will You Do More Of In 2022?

2020 and 2021 have been difficult and frustrating years for many people, so we're looking forward, with fingers crossed, to a much more positive 2022, in the hope that we are nearing the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We strongly believe that time spent in the outdoors is a great healer, with enormous benefits for mental and physical health, so we're encouraging everyone to look forward to 2022, to plan time for more outdoor activities, and most important of all, to plan a trip to the Lake District and a stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel.
So at a time of year where we are all making our New Year Resolutions, we want to ask you 'what will you do more of in 2022' and to help you we've included some great suggestions below.
And if your New Year Resolutions do include a trip to the Lakes, we've created an early booking offer of 10% off stays of two nights or more, for stays up until 31st August 2022, if booked before 31st January 2022.   So don't delay, get planning and grab your 10% discount now.    Available dates include February half term, Easter Holidays, Whit Week and the Summer Holidays.     Details of how to book this offer are included at the end of this newsletter.

Wishing you all a happy New Year.
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Wild Swim More in 2022

There can't be a better place in the world to wild swim than in Derwentwater, and Barrow Bay at the bottom of the hostel drive provides a sheltered bay, with shallow water which warms quickly in the summer and you've got Ashness Jetty to jump in from, making it ideal for family swims.
Or for the more experienced swimmers get geared up with wetsuits and tow floats and head further out into the lake.
And for the ultimate challenge there's the infamous Frog Graham Round.   
Frog Graham Round
The Lake District National Park have a really informative page on a range of activities in and on Derwentwater here.
And our website has a great page on the best swimming spots locally -

Paddle More in 2022

Stand Up Paddle Boarding was the big growth activity in 2021, and it seemed as though everyone who came to the hostel had new paddle boards - so if you've got new boards and you haven't brought them to the Lakes yet, then now's the time to make plans.
For those of you who don't have paddle boards but want to try, there's plenty of opportunities, from simple equipment hire from
Derwentwater Marina and Nicol End, or why not book a three hour SUP Intro session or SUP Lake Tour on Derwentwater with Lake District Paddle Boarding.
Whichever you choose, remember to book your activities in advance, using the links included above.
And if you prefer sitting down - go for a kayak or a canoe, available from all the same places.

Run More in 2022

Running has always been popular in the Lakes and there's a growing interest in Trail Running, either as part of organised events such as Lakeland Trails  or by simply hitting the trail alone.       Our favourite events include Keswick and Whinatter Parkruns, both of which offer a sociable 5k on Saturday mornings, and both are very welcoming of visitors.    There are also 5k and 10k marked running trails from the Whinlatter Visitor Centre.   Or for the experienced runner why not enter one the Districts famous Fell Races, the Derwentwater Half Marathon or even try the Bob Graham Round.
or visit the Running page on our website.

Ride More in 2022

Whatever your taste, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is ideally located for some awesome rides.
For families we recommend the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Trail and the off road trails at
Whinlatter Forest, which has the added benefit of the lovely Siskins Cafe at the Visitor Centre.
For Mountain Bikers who want more than the trails at Whinlatter, you can't beat the
Borrowdale Bash and for roadies we recommend two shortish rides, both of which will test your legs on some steep hills
  • Back o'  Skiddaw: Keswick to Keswick via  Bassenthwaite, Uldale, Caldbeck,      Mungrisedale and Threlkeld.
  • The Buttermere  Round: a muscle-warming  22 miles, taking in Seatoller, Honister Pass (steep), Buttermere  (very pretty), Newlands Pass (steep), Swinside, and Keswick.
Bike hire is available locally at Keswick Bikes, E-Venture and Whinlatter Bikes
There's much more on the cycling page of our website and on


Relax More in 2022

You don't have to wander far from the hostel to find beautiful places to share magical moments.    This is on one of our favourite trips 'out the back', wandering up the fell above Ashness Bridge.   As you climb higher up alongside Ashness Gill the view of the lake opens out, until eventually Basenthwaite also comes in to the view.   Head further up hill and find some lovely pools in the gill, or go all the way up past Dodd to the summit of High Seat.   If you're truly adventurous you can descend off-piste via Powterhow Pike and Thwaitehouse Beck to the Watendlath road.

A Reminder That We're Still Recruiting

We're still looking to recruit one live-in hostel assistant for the 2022 season, plus volunteers to help us throughout the year.
Further details on both of these opportunities, and how to apply, can be found using the links below.
More Information about Working at Derwentwater Independent Hostel
More Information on Volunteering at Derwentwater Independent Hostel

A Call For Help with Photography

We are planning a new website for spring summer 2022 and need to improve our stock of photos of the hostel.   We're especially keen to have some professional quality aerial photos and video of the hostel and grounds, so this is a shout out for anyone who has a camera drone and would be willing to volunteer their services, in exchange for a couple of nights free food and accommodation.
If you think you would be able to help, please do get in touch using
Thank you.

Lessons In Lime Plaster

During the last winter lockdown in December 2021 we started to notice some alarming cracks and discolouration on the main dining room ceiling.
To investigate further we lifted the floorboards in the bedroom above, and found large quantities of 'organic matter' which had fallen down the chimney and was now lying between the joists on top of the original 240 year old lime lathe and plaster ceiling.
Our historic building surveyor identified the debris as a mix of bat poo and sooty chimney debris.   We've known for years that there is a very active bat roost in the large chimney and roof void at the southern end of the building.   The damage to the ceiling had only occurred because we'd had the heating off for a long time whilst the hostel was closed for 6 months, and the lack of warmth in the dining room had meant the damp in the ceiling was not being dried out, as it must have done in all previous winters.
The images below show the long time-consuming repair which was carried out by Brad O'Leary using elm lathes and lime plaster and eventually painted over by Alison, using the super pole and two coats of Dulux Heritage paint in Blue Verditer.
10% Off Stays of Two Nights or More
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We're offering an early booking discount of 10% off stays of 2 nights or more for arrival dates before 31st August 2022.   Discount applies to dorm beds, private rooms, camping pods and tent camping pitches.
To get your discount, stays must be booked at and use the promocode STAYMORE.
This offer is only valid until 31st January 2022, for parties of up to 15 people, so book now to secure your discount, and stay with us more in 2022.
Type STAYMORE into the promo code box to see your discount applied.
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