Christmas at Black Sail

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Dec 17

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The hostel's remote location means there is a 2.5 miles walk in from the nearest car park!

Come and join leaders Danny and Peter on a pre-Christmas mountain weekend at Black Sail, England's most remote hostel! Great walking, great company and spectacular scenery awaits those who sign up. 

Generations of walkers have made a grateful beeline for Ennerdale's majestically sited Black Sail "hut", a former shepherds' bothy that serves as one of the UK's most renowned youth hostels. High up in the western fells – a good couple of hours' walk (or cycle) from anywhere, and six miles from the nearest car park on Ennerdale Water – this is more hikers' refuge than backpackers' hostel. This is basic – but very welcome – accommodation in the middle of some of the most dramatic walking country in the UK, and that's just they way we like it!

Black Sail offers fantastic access to a number of nearby peaks, including Great Gable Pillar, Red Pike and Steeple. After a long day exploring the Lakes, we can go back and put our feet up in our lounge, complete with wood-burning stove.

This is a challenging mountain weekend, there are no low level or easier walk options available. 

Dogs: This event is not suitable for dogs. 

Photos: Provided by the YHA and used with permission. 

Errr.. OutdoorLads Christmas? Yep. This event is the weekend before Christmas, and Blacksail is the YHA's most expensive hostel to book, so the date is the reason we can offer it to you at this price. There won't be the full turkey dinner, dancing and tinsel of our usual Christmas programme, however! But great mountain days are in store for you instead. In case you were wondering, you can do this event as well as our usual Christmas events if you wish, a they all take place before this event. 


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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
  • You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
  • OutdoorLads’ Covid-19 Policy for hostel and BIG events applies to this event. On arrival, we will need to see evidence that you are fully vaccinated, or have registered a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours, or have Covid-19 antibodies. Evidence of this can be obtained via the NHS App in England, with equivalent schemes available in Wales and Scotland. Our full policy and more details can be found here.


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