Skiddaw House the bunkhouse, YHA affiliated, but independently run is available for anyone to go and stay overnight, providing you can cope with the walk in!!
It's a three and half mile walk from opposite Peter House Farm near Bassenthwaite if you take the car up through the gates to the end of the tarmac. More like four and half if you go from the car park opposite the farm.
A good bridle track leads all the way to the house, by-passing Dash Falls, quite a sight especially after heavy rain! To walk on through to Keswick after a night there is about 5 miles, taking in Latrigg or even Skiddaw, there are good footpaths either side of the Glenderamakin Valley.
Since the house is at 1550' the trip up Skiddaw becomes a doddle as you're already half way up. Once up there, there is no other habitation in sight. Martin and Marie, the wardens make everyone very welcome, with a cuppa on arrival.
There are also groups of volunteers who go up to the house regularly to do maintenance or chop wood to keep the fires burning. You can join the Friends of Skiddaw House and receive a newsletter, and support the SHF for a donation of £10.