Bunkhouses, Camping Barns and Hostels in the Lake District, Cumbria

This map shows the bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in the Lake District, Cumbria.  Centred on Grasmere this map covers the area from Carlisle in the north to Barrow in Furness in the South, the west coast town of Whitehaven to Kirkby Stephen in the east.  Taking in the stunning landscape of the Lake District National Park as well as the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cumbria is the outdoor enthusiasts paradise with amazing walks, great climbing, water sports and cycling for mountain bikers and those who love mountain passes. The Lake District is full of record breakers as it is home to England’s largest lake: Windermere and tallest mountain: Scarfell Pike one of the peaks used in the Three Peaks Challenge. Other famous peaks include Blencathra, Catbells, Coniston Old Man and Skiddaw. Poets, authors, walkers and watersports lovers alike have all fallen for the charms of, Coniston, Derwentwater, Ullswater Grasmere and the many other lakes and tarns in the area.  The small towns and villages of  Kendal, Keswick, Ambleside, and Bowness on Windemere, are centres of tourism for with attractions including the Cumberland Pencil Museum, The world of Beatrix Potter, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and Carlise Castle.  For the literary minded the National Trust manage Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth’s Childhood home at Cockermouth, whilst the Wordsworth Trust run his home at Dove Cottage, Grasmere near Ambleside.  Admirers of John Ruskin can visit his home at Brantwood on Coniston.  For those who like a more gentle view the river Eden sweeps through the Eden Valley to the east of Penrith and is the home to otters which can be regularly seen in the area.  The Eden valley is also the home of Andy Goldsworthy’s art installations “Sheep Folds” which can be found across the area including near the villages of Melmerby, Brough and Tebay.