Black Sail hostel in Cumbria to get £260,000 revamp
One of the UK's most remote youth hostels is to undergo a £260,000 revamp which will secure its long-term future.
The Black Sail hostel in Ennerdale, Cumbria is only accessible by foot or bike and is popular with adventurists, including Sir Chris Bonington.
The cash has been raised by Youth Hostel Association (YHA) members.
Improvements will include the creation of a wood and bike storage area, double glazing, a new roof and the installation of solar panels.
The former shepherd's bothy, which became a youth hostel in 1933, has remained unaltered for many years.
The YHA said the improvements would make the site more weather resistant and help to reduce running costs.
Caroline White, YHA chief executive, said: "Black Sail is a great example of the diversity of YHA's accommodation.
"We have something for everyone, whether it's a private en suite room in a bigger youth hostel or a small remote hostel like Black Sail - the welcome and great social atmosphere is the same."
Sir Chris Bonington added: "Black Sail is my favourite youth hostel.
"Its position with its unspoilt environment, sense of being in the wild and its incredible view, combined with warm and friendly wardens make it unique.
"The improvements, which in no way affect the atmosphere, are the cream on top"
Work is due to start in late February, subject to weather conditions, and the hostel is due to re-open at Easter.