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YHA Black Sail

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We specifically went over to Black Sail today to look at the recent renovations and enjoy a sit down inside ("the common room is left open during the day") and an afternoon cup of tea from the advertised honesty cafe ("We sell tea, coffee and cakes in the afternoons and walkers are welcome to come in and use these facilities.... More 

Thank jsstbs
Workington, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked over Scarth Gap on a pretty windy day. There is an honesty cafe so we had a nice mug of tea before heading back. It's cosy and welcoming. We will definitely book a stay here, perhaps before heading up Pillar.

Thank glasshalffull01
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

If you are the sort of person who will take the time and trouble to cycle/walk into Black Sail then you will know exactly what to expect as you would have wanted to stay here ever since you first learn't about it. Of course it is basic, it is supposed to be and long may it remain so! Stepping out... More 

Thank Ewen028
Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a gem of a hostel which compares favourably with the mountain huts in the Alps. Its remoteness must be unique in England and the fact that it only sleeps 16 adds to its charm. 50 years after my first stay I have visited Black Sail twice in the last few weeks, once alone among strangers and the second... More 

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Thank runningdave2016
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

We booked a four bedded room when we stayed here as we were a group of 3 (oldish) ladies walking part of the Coast to Coast in easy stages and did not know what we were in for! Only one of us had ever stayed at a youth hostel before, and that was 45 years ago when you had to... More 

1 Thank LittlePatsy1
Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The location is a stunning as the photos. Dorms are clean and comfortable, as are the communal areas. Yes, it is a bit cramped, but that's code for 'cosy'. Hearty and tasty catered dinner and breakfast, and good selection of beers. Staff friendly and helpful, but also discrete and keep behind the scenes. Sitting outside under a blanket of stars... More 

Thank frankcreightonrtw
Chester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I stayed at YHA Black Sail on a Saturday Night with some friends. The location is stunning. We had beautiful weather and the views from the surrounding peaks are amazing. The hostel is great and the staff were friendly. You know that you are not getting luxury. I had some minor gripes which prevents me giving a 5/5 rating. 1.... More 

Thank Julestri
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73 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

stayed overnight here after walking from coledale through buttermere , this is accessable by walking only and an amazing place to stay , bunk beds and a really great atmosphere after walking , food was cooked by staff and was loverly and tasty

Thank Paul D
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We booked this place outright for a group of 18 in September we planned to do a good walk from seathwaite over great gable and down to blacksail for the sat night and another walk back to seathwaite on Sunday any way as the weather report gave really bad conditions out for Saturday we decided to take the safe option... More 

2 Thank David B
Kendal, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I found the dormitory (for men) far too small for the number of people sleeping in it. The eating, kitchen, communal area (all one room) was extremely cramped. The food/meals are completely overpriced and low quality. There is no reasonable place to dry clothes. And yet the prices are going to go up next year by a whopping 16% next... More 

2 Thank davidjeffery55

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Location, location, location. YHA Black Sail has it. Remote and accessible only on foot, it’s a rural retreat that lovers of the great outdoors can normally only dream about. Located in a traffic-free valley that is being returned to a ‘wild’ state, it’s as tranquil as a stay in the Lakes gets. ... more   less 

Additional Information about YHA Black Sail

Address: Black Sail Hut, Ennerdale Bridge CA23 3AY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ennerdale Bridge
Hotel Class:1 star — YHA Black Sail 1*
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
YHA Black Sail Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria
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