The Chalet


The Gordon Walker Chalet

The Gordon Walker Chalet provides self-catering accommodation in the Newlands Valley for parties  of up to 16 people. It is open only to members of the Ramblers and affiliated organizations. No pets are allowed.

For further information and for reservations, contact Denise Copson (telephone: 01524-847868).

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£10 per night for members of the Ramblers' Association
£20 per night for members of affiliated clubs

Gordon Walker was a member of the Ramblers from Workington. His dream of a place in the Lake District where members could take a cheap holiday was realized in 1962.

The purpose-built chalet is next to the village hall in the tiny village of Stair in the Newlands Valley, three miles from Keswick. It is overlooked by Causey Pike and Barrow; Cat Bells and Maiden Moor are not far away. Postcode CA12 5UF.

The original building comprised two bedrooms, a kitchen/common room, a small scullery, and two toilets. Over the years the chalet has been extended and improved. It now caters for 16 people in two bedrooms, each with four double bunks. Toilets and showers are en suite, and there is an excellent drying room, a fully equipped kitchen, a pantry with fridge/freezer, and plenty of hot water.

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What are the self-catering facilities?

There is a fully equipped kitchen for 16 with fridge/freezer, cooker and microwave.

Are there places to eat out locally?

The Swinside Inn is just up the road and there are pubs or restaurants in the neighbouring villages such as Braithwaite and Portinscale, and there is always Keswick. Look at the Visitors Book and the folder of menus from local places for advice.

Can I get to the Chalet without a car?

There are pleasant routes from Keswick, including the launch. Also there are seasonal buses 77, 77A and 78 nearby. Try Traveline for details. These can be handy for day walks also.

Are there walks direct from the Chalet?

There are plenty of local walks of various length and difficulty. See the ‘Local Walks’ folder and the Visitors Book for ideas.

Is there telephone and Wi-Fi available?

There is no public phone or wi-fi at the Chalet or nearby.

Is there any wildlife round the Chalet?

A variety of birds are seen from the windows and some use our nesting boxes. Deer are often reported in the field.

Could some members of our party stay locally at a B&B?

There are several B and B's in Newlands Valley. Plenty in Keswick.

Are there any camping facilities?

There is camping at Braithwaite, Grange and Keswick. Also some camping barns.

How about a night out?

Keswick is the place for a night out. Take in a play at the Theatre by the Lake:

Who looks after the Chalet?

A dedicated group of volunteers look after the chalet. However we hope that visitors leave the place in a better condition than they found it.

Is the Chalet suitable for a winter visit?

It can be quite cold in winter but there are several electric fan heaters and night storage heaters give a good background heat.

What is proposed for the Chalet rebuild?

It is intended to have beds, rather than bunks, in small rooms of two or three with wash basin. Each cluster has shower and toilet.

When is the rebuild likely to happen and will my booking be secure?

We will give warning of any rebuild, which is likely to be during the winter. Bookings should be OK.

Are there local places for non-walkers to visit?

There are many places to visit nearby depending on your interests. There is a folder of leaflets in the Chalet. Check Keswick tourist office or the National Park Information Office.