Black Sail, Ennerdale, Coast to Coast

How to Find Black Sail

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Black Sail
Black Sail is reputedly the most isolated youth hostel in the country. It is located above the River Liza, 4 miles east of Ennerdale Water, just beyond the reach of Ennerdale Forest. It is usually approached by foot and is on the Coast to Coast path. There is a forestry road connecting it to the car park at Bowness.
Although Black Sail is connected by a forestry road It is not general accessible by the public via this road, and involves a good 7 mile walk from the car park. It was once a shepherd's bothy. Although it is a youth hostel, hikers are welcome to call in and take refuge in the lounge, where there is usually a fire burning. Light refreshments are also available.

Description of Black Sail

The hostel has 3 bare bunk rooms, a total of 16 beds, and a shower and toilet (accessed from outside). The hostel has recently been refurbished, with the incorporation of thermal insulation, solar panels, LED lighting and other energy saving devices.

Its location is picturesque in the extreme, being slightly above the River Liza, on the lower flanks of Hay Stacks. The Coast to Coast footpath passes right past it and then turns up Seavy Knott, alongside Loft Beck, eventually to plateau on the ridge top between Hay Stacks and Brandreth before trailing off to Honister.

Black Sail offers warmth, food, rest and sleep before embarking on the climb up Seavy Knott and the forward journey around Brandreth, Grey Knotts and Honister. Some Coast to Coast walkers, rather than walk along the Ennerdale lakeside, take the ridge top route, Herdus, Great Bourne, Starling Dodd, Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag before descending to Black Sail for the night and continuing the next day up Haystacks and thence to Honister.
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Coast to Coast Trail Guide

Black Sail and Haystacks

Haystacks rises just above Black Sail in this photo. Gamlin End on High Crag can be seen on the left, in the distance
Black Sail