Recently, Black Sail Youth Hostel closed its doors to the public. I've been in the valley, at Ennerdale many times, but had never actually visited the hostel. The location of the hostel, is in what has been described as the "England's last true wilderness".
Early this morning, before the sun had risen, I headed to the remote hostel building. Here's the route I took - starting from the Bowness Knott car park (free parking).
The route took me across easily accessible, undulating land - approximately 15 miles in total. I left the car park, at Bowness Knott, headed along the lakeside path, down into the valley. I passed through a gate, and continued the walk, along the same track, until I arrived at the hostel building.
The return route took me along the opposite side of the valley, skirting along the foot of Pillar, and Steeple.
Black Sail Hostel -