The George Starkey Hut

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The George Starkey Hut at the foot of Helvellyn in Patterdale in the Lake District offers a good venue & good value for AAC(UK) members.  Well-known to regulars on the Patterdale meet, the Hut is available at times throughout the year to you and your guests – at a special AAC(UK) rate of only £13 each.  There is a minimum booking of 2 people and 4 bed nights.

Originally the Patterdale village hall, converted and operated by the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club and the Alpine Club stands beside the A592 Glenridding road.  Easy to access from the M6 via Penrith or via Windermere over the Kirkstone Pass, it is ideal as a base for the eastern Lake District fells.

As a base for the fells of eastern Lakeland it is ideal – easy to access from the M6 via Penrith or via Windermere over the Kirkstone Pass, newly refurbished with well-equipped kitchen and hot showers, good drying room, and a superb fire in winter all-inclusive.

Be on the hills in minutes – the Helvellyn range, Fairfield and the Dodds, Place Fell and High Street surround the hut.  Rock climbing locally at Castle Rock and Raven Crag in Thirlmere, Dove Crag in Dovedale, Scrubby Crag in Deepdale and Gowbarrow by Ullswater.  Easy access to Langdale and Dow Crag in the South West and Borrowdale to the North West.  Mountain biking from the front door; canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking nearby.

Local shops and pubs up the road in Patterdale and down the road in Glenridding, for supplies, good meals and beer – and there are summertime teas at Side Farm behind the Hut.

Sleeping up to 20 in 2 bedrooms, the hut often has spare capacity over summer weekends & mid-week throughout the year. From autumn to spring it is very popular with other groups at weekends, but if not booked exclusively and/or by youth groups there is often spare space. 

The newly enlarged kitchen is well-equipped with gas and electric cooking, fridge, microwaves, toasters and boiling water on tap for hot drinks.  Separate men’s and women’s washrooms with electric showers plus background heating in Bedrooms.

There is a good drying room, and on cold winter evenings stoke up the fire and sink into the sofa.  Please follow all the hut rules about cleaning and switching off before you leave the hut, or make arrangements with any other group that is leaving later


“Probably one of the best Huts in the country” – Barrie Lings, AAC

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[Updated 07 June 2021]

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