Derwentwater Independent Hostel
April Newsletter

New Camping Pods & Ensuite Rooms Bookable Now

With just 6 weeks until the hostel reopens, we're excited to bring you news of three new Camping Pods which will sit in the hostel grounds, on the fringe of the woodlands, overlooking the hostel lawns, and up to Cat Bells. 
Work is also underway to create two new ensuite bedrooms, as well as refurbishing one of our old washrooms, to add an extra shower and to provide two brand new toilets.
Read on for more details on the pods and ensuite rooms, and for some work in progress photos.
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New Accommodation Options For 2021

Camping Pods

The interior of our camping pods, still currently at the manufacturers yard.
Our new four person camping pods, will be installed and ready for May half term.    These are simple camping pods, in a woodland setting looking out over the hostel lawn and up to Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.    What could be better than sitting out on your own deck and watching the sun set, then retreating to the warmth of your heated pod, for a comfortable nights sleep, before being woken to the sound of woodland birdsong.

We've chosen simple camping pods, without bathrooms or a kitchen, to offer an alternative, for those who want to enjoy the outdoor feel of camping, but with the comforts of beds, lighting, heating and somewhere to charge your phone!   It's just a short walk up to the hostel for toilets, showers, lounge, games rooms and the self catering kitchen.

With two single beds and a double bed sized sleeping platform at the rear, with futon mattresses, our pods are perfect for families or groups of up to four adults.   Bedding isn't provided, but for those who are travelling light, or forget, a bedding pack can be hired at £5 per person per stay.

Summer prices for camping pods, start from £54 per night for families, and from £60 per night for all adult groups.

Up to 2 well behaved dogs are welcome in our pods, at £5 per dog per night, and should be booked, when you book your pod.
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The pictures below show progress to date, preparing the grounds for the pods, and laying the electricity supply cable to the pods.   
Once the pod bases and new pathways are in place, we've got a comprehensive planting scheme to enhance the woodland setting and ensure the pods merge into the woodland edge.

Ensuite Bedrooms

The old room 10, on the first floor of the wing of the building, has been stripped out, and is being converted into two new ensuite bedrooms.   
Room 14
Featuring a single over double bunk bed, Room 14 will be suitable for a couple or a family of three.     The compact ensuite bathroom will include toilet, shower and basin.
Room 15
The new Room 15 will also have a single over double bunk, plus a normal bunk, making it suitable for four adults or a family of five, with the same ensuite as room 14.

The pictures below show the plan for the new rooms, and also work to date, from the original room, through to today, awaiting plastering.
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Volunteering Opportunities

Heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has offered to help this summer at the hostel as a volunteer.   We look forward to welcoming Abi, Amy, Leo, Danielle, Jess, Flo, Paul & Sara.     I'm sure you'll get the chance to meet one or more of them when you stay.    They will join a long list of fondly remembered volunteers who have helped us in previous years.    Below are pictured Laura, Max, Clara, Sandra, Maelle and Marina.

We still have a couple of weeks available for volunteers in August, so if you are interested please do get in touch and we will send you further information and details of how to apply.   Please send expressions of interest to Tim using

Welcome to New Dawn Vegan Coffee Shop

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Dawn who runs New Dawn Vegan Coffee.   Dawn will be running her coffee car at the bottom of the hostel drive this year, 4 or 5 days per week, offering great coffee and tea, cold drinks and the most amazing vegan chocolate cookies and flapjacks.
Do look out for Dawn when you're here, say hello, and try her amazing coffee.
As we're not opening reception until 3.00pm each afternoon, we won't be running our drop in cafe at the hostel in the early afternoon, so we're delighted that Dawn is here to take care of everyone's need for a brew.

John Litt Memorial

Not far from the hostel, just over High Seat on the Shoulthwaite side, alongside Mere Gill, stands the John Litt memorial.   We first became aware of its location after picking up a copy of Lakeland Monuments by Bob Orrell and Margaret Vincent.
The memorial marks the passing of John Litt, a Keswick omnibus driver who died on the fell in March 1880 whilst out to watch the local hunt.   The site is marked by two small stone pillars, one featuring a round brass plaque, and the other inscribed with the following touching  inscription:

We found this stone in Mere Gill,
that steep and beautiful mountain rill,
to mark the spot where his spirit fled,
to the glorious home where no tears are shed.

It sits in an inconspicuous spot on the fell, with amazing mountain views, and is well worth a detour from the Bleaberry - High Seat ridge, to take a moment to appreciate the views and to reflect on the passing of the unfortunate John Litt.
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