Our Bunkhouse provides clean and simple self-catering accommodation for up to 12 people. Only you/your group will have access to the bunkhouse during your stay.

The price is £100 per night and is available for 1 or more nightly stays. As it is on National Trust land it has certain restrictions to its use, such as walking or climbing clubs, educational groups or other organisations such as the Scouts or Duke of Edinburgh groups. There are no restrictions on which day of the week your stay starts. There are no additional fees for electricity used or hot water.

Location and Parking:

The Bunkhouse (post code is CA12 5XA) is situated in the Borrowdale valley, south of Keswick in the northern Lake District National Park. The Bunkhouse itself is in a peaceful location, situated only 20m away from the famous Bowderstone itself! Parking is available nearby at the Bowderstone National Trust car park (free for NT members). The local Keswick-Borrowdale bus (route 77/77A or 78) stops here.

From the car park, follow the bridleway signs to the Bowderstone. The bridleway up to the bunkhouse is accessible for confident off-road-type wheelchairs users and mountain bikes (steep in places). After approx. 500m along the unsurfaced path, you will find the bunkhouse 20m beyond the Bowderstone. There is strictly no vehicular access to the Bunkhouse.

The nearest pub and small shop lies just over a mile away, in the village of Rosthwaite, accessible from the Bunkhouse either by footpath or by car.

Click Here For a Google Map to the Bowderstone Bunkhouse


The bunkhouse has a simply equipped kitchen, accessible WC/electric shower-room (+ separate WC) and a simple communal area. The kitchen does have two small (2-ring) electric hobs, a fridge, a microwave, a selection of pans and basic cutlery and crockery; please bring additional items you may require including your own cleaning and sanitary equipment. There is a mop and bucket provided.

There is running drinking water, non-metered electricity and is dog-friendly!

Please inform us of any breakages, for which a small charge will be made.


There are 12 individual bunk-style beds in one communal room. Please note that there are no mattresses or bedding provided so you will need to bring your own (camping-type self-inflated mattresses and sleeping bags are ideal). Linen is not provided.


The bunkhouse has 2 wood-burning stoves. You must provide your own wood, or replace what is provided (if any).

Communal Area in Bunkhouse


We have a key-safe around to the left of the entrance. You will be given the code before your arrival. The key is an electronic fob, with the decoder to the right of the lock (touch the decoder with key fob and push door to open!). Please leave the key in the key-safe following your departure. Lost keys will be charged for.


Arrival time is 2pm on the day of your booking and we kindly ask that you depart on your final day at 11am.

There is a folder in the bunkhouse that gives a little more information, including what to do on your departure, but as the bunkhouse is not serviced, most importantly please:

      1. 1. Leave the fridge switched off and the door open
      1. 2. Ensure all lights are turned off
      1. 3. Take all your rubbish and left-over food away with you
      1. 4. All shutters/windows and doors are securely closed and locked
      1. 5. Ensure all areas are left clean and tidy
      1. 6. Replace the key fob into the external key-safe and ensure it is locked

For more information or bookings, please contact us on 017687 72255, or email us on bookings@calvertlakes.org.uk or use our contact form.

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