When you come to stay at Rookhow, you have access to Quakers' Wood: a wonderful Lake District wilderness. Spend your family holiday building campfires, climbing trees, making dens and playing hide and seek. There's even a bubbling beck to wander by. 12 acres of space to explore and you get it all to yourselves! Our yurt has just been renovated and is available for guests to stay in. Please ask to find out more. 

Our ancient Atlantic oak woodland is rich in lichens and mosses, Quakers' Wood provides a bio-diverse habitat for many creatures. The buildings at Rookhow are home to 3 species of bats and deer are often spotted in the Rusland Valley.

“Spectacular ancient woodlands” (Plant Life, Sept 2019)

"I like the forest & the walks. There are no cars, just lots of birds. Rookhow makes me feel calm, happy and safe." (G, aged 12)

"It's a place where our children can roam free and spend valuable time in nature." (mum)

"We visited Rookhow as part of a Woodmatters course (wood carving and bush craft skills for kids). It was a perfect place to get away from the stresses of life for a morning. The woodland (walks from the hostel) is truly magical with features such as a yurt, rowing boat etc! It was my son’s favourite place we visited over half term and, although we didn’t stay over, we peeped inside and the quiet, calm atmosphere convinced us we’d like to come back for a longer visit. A truly special place." (workshop participant)

“Space, peace, rich biodiversity, different spaces.” (Forest Schools, Sept 2019)

"Rookhow is an oasis of calm. Simple, honest and truly magical. Quakers' wood is an amazing resource and the site is surrounded by many glorious walks and views." (Bunkbarn guest, Summer 2019)

"Still amazed from walking down to the forest the first time and being blown away by the beauty and size." (Bunkbarn guest, August 2020)

"We were looking for a secluded location where we can enjoy the nature and give the kids the freedom to explore. The private woodland was a plus since you don’t need to leave the site to enjoy the local natural beauty." (Family group, September 2020)