Coppermines Cottage

COVID-19 Update
The Cottage is now open with COVID restrictions in place. Please call the warden Des Slavin on 01229 835221 or 07954128382 for the latest information and availability.



Coppermines Cottage was first acquired in 1958 and has been a base for club activities ever since. It is a former stables and mining officers cottage in Coppermines Valley S.S.S.I. and a perfect base to from which to explore the Coniston fells. After several refits it now provides basic accommodation which can been booked sole use for external groups of up to 14. There is also a self contained members maisonette which sleeps 6 but is not available for external booking. Maintenance is conducted by a small group of dedicated volunteers and all profits go back into the club.

Guest Accommodation

On the ground floor there is a large fully equipped kitchen and dining area . The kitchen contains a commercial cooker and hob, microwave, fridges and small freezer. Pots, pans, tableware and cutlery are provided but please bring washing up materials. Also on the ground floor are the drying room with dehumidifier, two toilets and two showers. Upstairs there are 3 bunk rooms sleeping 4, 4, and 6 respectively on alpine style bunks. There are mattresses and pillows but please bring your own sleeping bags. Heating is by electric storage heaters throughout the building which can be supplemented with the woodburning stoves in the dining area and common room. Wood, firelighters and matches are not provided but are available from the garage in Coniston. The hot water system is powered by a gas boiler.


The cottage is situated in the Coppermines Valley next to YHA Coniston Coppermines, less than a mile north west of Coniston village. The track up from Coniston village has a gravel surface but is easily driven up in most cars. Sat Nav can get you almost there but for the last bit it’s worth looking for the YHA. The address is:

Barrow Mountaineering and Ski Club Hut
Coppermines Valley
LA21 8HX


Fees are £15 per person per night.

There is a minimum booking fee of £75 per night for weekends and £45 for weeknights. For bookings over weekends Friday and Saturday must be booked together. A deposit of £75 for a weekend booking or £45 for a weeknight booking must be paid in advance with the remainder paid after your stay depending on the number of beds you use.

If you would like to book the cottage please contact our warden:
Des Slavin, 32 Aspen Drive, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 ORL. Tel. 01229 835221 or 07954128382

Other Information

  • We would appreciate it if you took all your rubbish home with you and cleaned up before leaving.
  • Please do not use the YHA skip or park in the YHA car park
  • No camping is allowed as the area around the cottage is a S.S.S.I.
  • There is a no smoking policy and no pets are allowed inside the cottage.
  • Due to fire regulations, items such as bicycles, canoes etc. must not be stored in any part of the cottage and no candles should be used.