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Black Sail Hostel

Originally a shepherd's bothy, remote and isolated at the head of Ennerdale. Cosy atmosphere and good food, with basic facilities (no electricity, no heating in the bedrooms). From here climb Great Gable, Pillar, Red Pike, Steeple, Haycock ridge plus many more. On the Coast to Coast route.


Sitting/dining room, self-catering kitchen and shower. Limited shop. No access for cars.

Beds 16
Disabled Facilities No
Drinks License No
Meals Yes, 19.00 hrs
Under 3's No
No Smoking Yes
High Chairs No
Cots No
Parking No


Black Sail Hut, Ennerdale, Cleator, Cumbria, CA23 3AY
0411 108450
Tourist Information: 017687 72645

Getting There

Nearest roads are the summit of Honister Pass or Gatesgarth in the Buttermere valley. From either of these points it is a 2 1/2m mountain walk to hostel. Alternatively, walk up the forest road in the Ennerdale Valley or take the mountain walk over Black Sail Pass from Wastwater.

Ordnance Survey Sheet/Grid Ref: 89/194124


Stagecoach Cumberland 77/A from Keswick, alight Honister Youth Hostel 3m, May-Oct only; otherwise 79 Keswick-Seatoller, then 3 1/2m (Tel: 01946 63222) (For BR connections see Keswick)


Whitehaven 19m.

Nearest Other Hostels

Honister 2 1/2m, Buttermere 3 1/2m, Ennerdale 4m

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