The George Starkey Hut

The George Starkey Hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake Districtís Eastern Fells. It is ideally placed for the High Street range to the East, whilst from the front there is a splendid view of Helvellyn and its neighbouring fells: to reach them, all you have to do is put on your boots and walk from the Hut.

There is convenient local rock climbing at Castle Rock and Raven Crag in Thirlmere, Dove Crag in Dovedale, Scrubby Crag in Deepdale and Gowbarrow by Ullswater. Langdale and Dow Crag in the South West and Borrowdale to the North West are easily accessible. There are mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.

George Starkey Hut

The hut has up to 20 places that are bookable by clubs and groups and a members room with eight places.
Since mid 2016 we have had a new hut partner, the Alpine Club. The hut is run on behalf of both clubs by a limited company, George Starkey Hut Limited. The Chair is Mike Parsons and Marian Parsons is the Hut warden.

Hut Bookings

Please check hut availability by reviewing calendar for 2018 or 2019 before booking.

Please note that on certain occasions the members room is not available, this for example will cover when school/youth groups have booked. These times are shown on the calendar.

We are pleased that members can now make bookings at the George Starkey Hut directly through the new website without contacting the hut booking secretary. Details of how to book will be sent to members by the end of March.

For Club Hut bookings contact Booking Secretary

Hut Fees

The hut fees are currently £6 per night for members and kindred clubs, £11 for members of BMC affiliated clubs and £12 for others (Outside Bookings for 20+ beds, £1 less per bed per night reduction).

The hut is available for exclusive use, particularly for mid week and extended bookings, prices by negotiation.

Bookings for the George Starkey Hut are welcome from British Mountaineering Council affiliated clubs, other clubs, school and youth groups, business and training organisations.

For more details and pictures see the hut website.

Running of the Hut as a Limited Company

The original lease on the George Starkey Hut was negotiated back in 1974. It was decided by the Club Committee that the lease should be held in the name of a Limited Company. The Company was set up as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the Guarantee value set at £10 per member. If you would like to become a member please complete an application form and forward it to the Company Secretary.

A new 30 year lease was signed in December 2014. After the Alpine Club becoming our hut partners in 2016 the Company was renamed the George Starkey Hut Limited.

If you have any questions about the constitution of the Company and how it operates please contact the Company Secretary, James Baldwin, full details are in the latest Journal.

Rhyd Ddu

We have a reciprocal arrangement with the Oread Mountaineering Club to use their hut, Tan-yr-Wyddfa, at Rhyd Ddu near Beddgelert in North Wales (grid ref. 570527).
The Hut has four bedrooms with a sleeping capacity of 22 people. The bedrooms are provided bunk beds, mattresses and blankets.

Members cooking dinner in the well equipped kitchen.

SAC Huts

SAC members pay a reduced overnight rate. Members receive priority over members of other Alpine Clubs and clubs affiliated to other Alpine Clubs. Details of SAC huts are on

Reciprocal rights SAC members are entitled to corresponding priority rights and reduced charges in huts belonging to other Alpine Clubs affiliated to the U.I.A.A.

Updated 23 March 2018