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.

In addition, there are mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.

George Starkey Hut

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.

Online Booking for Members - The hut has a Members Room with eight beds and a further 20 beds that are bookable by clubs and groups. For details of the current nightly rate for members, hut information and pictures see the hut website.

Members can now book directly through the Hut booking system. Before booking for the first time please register on the system.

Please note that on certain occasions (usually midweek) the Members Room may not be available, for example when a school/youth group have booked the hut exclusively. Check current group booking availability before booking.

For any questions about registering or booking - please email the Hut Booking Secretaries on

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 Club Hut bookings contact Booking Secretary

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 14 August 2018