3. England

Former youth hostels of Great Britain

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YHA – ENGLAND



Hostel name: Abbey Stables
Grid reference: NZ901112
Nearest town: Whitby, North Yorkshire
NZ9011 : The former Youth Hostel, Whitby by Richard Law
These buildings are currently empty, as the YHA have moved to new premises a hundred yards away behind the main Abbey House.
by Richard Law


Open as a YHA hostel from 1934 to 2006
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Hostel name: Acomb
Grid reference: NY934666
Nearest town: Acomb, Northumberland
NY9366 : Acomb Youth Hostel, Northumberland, in May 2005 by John Martin
Acomb Youth Hostel, near Hexham, opened in May 1933 in converted stable buildings and served for over 70 years, finally closing in 2006. Here it is looking spick and span, a credit to the voluntary wardens and others who cared for the little hostel.
by John Martin


Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 2006
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Hostel name: Alfriston
Grid reference: TQ517019
Nearest town: Alfriston, East Sussex
TQ5101 : Alfriston Youth Hostel, Frog Firle, Alfriston. by Kevin Gordon
Frog Firle is mention in the Domesday Book. The House here was owned by Mr Austen-Leigh a relative of the novelist Jane Austen. In 2005 a traffic calming one way system was put in here, hence the "give way" lines.
by Kevin Gordon


Open as a YHA hostel from 1952 to 2015
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Hostel name: Allendale (Catton)
Grid reference: NY830574
Nearest town: Allendale, Northumberland
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 1965
Notes: Still standing, private residence


Hostel name: Ampleforth
Grid reference: SE585787
Nearest town: Ampleforth, North Yorkshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 1959
Notes: still extant


Hostel name: Arundel
Grid reference: TQ032074
Nearest town: Arundel, West Sussex

Open as a YHA hostel from 1946 to 2012
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Hostel name: Astwell Castle
Grid reference: SP608440
Nearest town: Brackley, Northamptonshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1935 to 1953
Notes: tower of a medieval manor house, still standing and grade 2* listed


Hostel name: Aysgarth Falls
Grid reference: SE011883
Nearest town: Aysgarth, North Yorkshire
SE0188 : Ex-youth hostel at Aysgarth by Trevor Littlewood
The proposal for Aysgarth youth hostel's closure came in late 2002. The property was sold and at the time of writing was owned by a businessman in the book-dealing business.
by Trevor Littlewood


Open as a YHA hostel from 1951 to 2004
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Hostel name: Badby
Grid reference: SP560587
Nearest town: Badby, Northamptonshire
SP5658 : Brookside Lane, Badby by Alan Kent
Brookside Lane forms part of the Nene Way long distance footpath along the River Nene, as it passes through Badby.The picture features the building that once served as Badby Youth Hostel, before the hostel closed in 2005
by Alan Kent


Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 2005
Notes: replaced 2 earlier hostels


Hostel name: Baldersdale
Grid reference: NY930179
Nearest town: Romaldkirk, Durham

Open as a YHA hostel from 1979 to 2014
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Hostel name: Bellingham
Grid reference: NY843834
Nearest town: Bellingham, Northumberland
NY8483 : Bellingham Youth Hostel by Dave Dunford
This simple hostel on the Pennine Way is now sadly earmarked for closure.
by Dave Dunford


Open as a YHA hostel from 1937 to 2006
Notes: replaced by a more modern facility in the town centre


Hostel name: Bradenham
Grid reference: SU828971
Nearest town: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
SU8297 : The Old School, Bradenham, Buckinghamshire by Christine Matthews
The old school in Bradenham, formerly a youth hostel, opposite St Botolph's Church, Bradenham.
by Christine Matthews


Open as a YHA hostel from 1965 to 2006
Notes: former school, now private housing


Hostel name: Bretton
Grid reference: SK200780
Nearest town: Bretton, Derbyshire
SK2078 : Youth Hostel, Bretton by David Hillas
Situated on Bretton Moor, this house has been a self-catering youth hostel with 18 beds since 1942. However, it is now up for sale, so its closure as a Youth Hostel must be imminent. An orange security light and a triangular YHA sign can be seen near the top of the dwelling. The postcode of this Youth Hostel is S32 5QD. Update: this Hostel was closed on the 31st October 2014 and sold on the 28th November 2014 for continued use as a hostel outside YHA.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1941 to 2014
Notes: rebuilt in 1966/67; now an independent hostel


Hostel name: Bridges (Long Mynd)
Grid reference: SO394964
Nearest town: Ratlinghope, Church Stretton, Shropshire
SO3996 : Bridges (Youth) Hostel by Trevor Littlewood
Bridges Hostel is close to the small Shropshire settlement of Ratlinghope - 'Rachup' in pronunciation.
Bridges was once part of the YHA operation but was sold on some time ago to owners (or an owner) who still operate(s) the building as a hostel; it remains bookable through the YHA.
by Trevor Littlewood


Open as a YHA/ hostel from 1931 to 2001
Notes: now a privately owned "YHA enterprise"affiliate hostel


Hostel name: Broom Hall
Grid reference: SP092531
Nearest town: Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
SP0953 : Broom Hall Inn by David Stowell
A traditional 16th Century Inn beside the Bidford Road.
by David Stowell


SP0953 : Broom Hall Inn by Philip Halling
Public house on the Bidford Road in a 16th century timber-framed house.
by Philip Halling


Open as a YHA hostel from 1944 to 1968
Notes: half timbered hall, now an inn


Hostel name: Byrness
Grid reference: NT764027
Nearest town: Byrness, Northumberland
NT7602 : Byrness Youth Hostel by Dave Dunford
Byrness village was built to house foresters in the 1950s. The youth hostel occupies two terraced houses and is the last overnight stay before the last and longest day of the Pennine Way. Byrness is yet another Pennine Way hostel earmarked for closure - see also NY8483 : Bellingham Youth Hostel and SD9146 : Earby Youth Hostel.
by Dave Dunford


Open as a YHA hostel from 1972 to 2014
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Hostel name: Carlisle
Grid reference: NY386569
Nearest town: Carlisle, Cumbria
NY3856 : Former Youth Hostel, Etterby Road by Rose and Trev Clough
This was Etterby House, belonging to the Youth Hostels Association (see Wikipedia LinkExternal link ) from 1953 to 1997. It has since been converted to several individual properties, and renamed Eden Bank.
Before being purchased by the YHA, it had been a private residence (with fishing rights) - in 1861 it was occupied by George Relph, magistrate and draper (Carlisle Encyclopaedia LinkExternal link ).
by Rose and Trev Clough


Open as a YHA hostel from 1953 to 1997
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Hostel name: Charlbury (The Laurels)
Grid reference: SP360197
Nearest town: Charlbury, Oxfordshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1946 to 2001
Notes: Former glove factory and associated house; affiliate hostel (independently owned) from c.1992; now converted to flats


Hostel name: Chester (Hoole Bank)
Grid reference: SJ429691
Nearest town: Chester, Cheshire
SJ4269 : Independent School Hoole Bank by Dennis Turner
Near Picton Gorse Lane
by Dennis Turner


Open as a YHA hostel from 1952 to 1962
Notes: replaced Roodee House (qv)


Hostel name: Chester (Hough Green House)
Grid reference: SJ396650
Nearest town: Chester, Cheshire
SJ3965 : Chester Youth Hostel 2008 by John S Turner
A sunny picture of what was once the Chester Youth Hostel. Citing the excessive cost of upgrading as the reason for disposal, in 2009 the hostel has been sold. The website now states that there is alternative accommodation at "...YHA Liverpool (25 miles) or YHA Manchester (41 miles)"!
by John S Turner


Open as a YHA hostel from 1962 to 2009
Notes: replaced Hoole Bank (qv)


Hostel name: Chester (Roodee House)
Grid reference: SJ401661
Nearest town: Chester, Cheshire
SJ4066 : The Watergate by Dennis Turner
From the city walls with main entrance to Chester racecourse on the left, Holiday Inn in the centre with the railway viaduct in the background.
by Dennis Turner


Open as a YHA hostel from 1934 to 1952
Notes: demolished (photo is of the site)


Hostel name: Cockermouth (Double Mills)
Grid reference: NY118298
Nearest town: Cockermouth, Cumbria
NY1129 : Youth Hostel by Bob Jenkins
Beautifully situated at Double Mills, alongside the River Cocker, near to the centre of the busy but small market town with two breweries, lots of pubs, good food. It's closed - for the winter.
by Bob Jenkins


Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 2016
Notes: Grade 2 listed 17th century watermill, became uneconomic to run as a hostel.


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Grid reference: TM008251
Nearest town: Colchester

Open as a YHA hostel from 1949 to 1996
Notes: Grade 2 listed 18th century house


Hostel name: Copt Oak
Grid reference: SK481129
Nearest town: Copt Oak nr. Markfield, Leicestershire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1959 to 2003
Notes: still standing as a private residence


Hostel name: Crosthwaite (Damson Dene)
Grid reference: SD425912
Nearest town: Crosthwaite, Cumbria

Open as a YHA hostel from 1931 to 1963
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Hostel name: Crowcombe (Denzel House)
Grid reference: ST137338
Nearest town: Crowcombe Heathfield, Somerset
ST1333 : Former Youth Hostel, Crowcombe Heathfield by David Hillas
Situated at Crowcombe Heathfield, Denzel House opened as a Youth Hostel in 1940 and closed in 2006. This country house is now a private dwelling and its postcode is TA4 4BT.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1940 to 2006
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Hostel name: Crowden (Peak National Park Hostel)
Grid reference: SK073993
Nearest town: Crowden, Derbyshire
SK0799 : The Former Crowden Youth Hostel by Stephen Craven
Former Youth hostel on the Pennine Way, with a French minibus.

This hostel closed Autumn 2006. A new YHA Hostel at Crowden has opened in 2007 and is situated less than 1 km away in adjacent grid square SK0699.
by Stephen Craven
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1965 to 2006
Notes: replaced by a purpose built hostel nearby


Hostel name: Delamere Forest (Fox Howl)
Grid reference: SJ528712
Nearest town: Mouldsworth, Cheshire
SJ5271 : In Delamere (2) by Anthony O'Neil
Outdoor Education Centre
by Anthony O'Neil


Open as a YHA hostel from 1936 to 1972
Notes: now an outdoor activity centre


Hostel name: Dentdale
Grid reference: SD773850
Nearest town: Cowgill, Cumbria
SD7785 : The Dales Way by Ian S
#539, the former Dentdale Youth Hostel.
by Ian S


Open as a YHA hostel from 1944 to 2006
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Hostel name: Derwent Bank
Grid reference: SE778711
Nearest town: Malton, North Yorkshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 1997
Notes: still standing (47 York Road)


Hostel name: Derwentwater (Barrow House)
Grid reference: NY268200
Nearest town: Grange, near Keswick, Cumbria
NY2620 : Derwent Youth Hostel by Philip Halling
Barrow House has been the Derwent Youth Hostel for many years and is in a fine position overlooking Derwent Water, previously it was a hotel,. See: NY2620 : Barrow House Hotel 1960
by Philip Halling


Open as a YHA hostel from 1961 to 2011
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Hostel name: Dirt Pot
Grid reference: NY853461
Nearest town: Allenheads, Northumberland
NY8546 : Dovespool, East Allendale by Stanley Howe
Seen from the B6295 near Dirt Pot.
by Stanley Howe


Open as a YHA hostel from 1950 to 1971
Notes: The square building towards the right of the photo. Now the Allenheads Lodge Outdoor Adventure Centre.


Hostel name: Duntisbourne Abbots
Grid reference: SO969080
Nearest town: Duntisbourne Abbots, Gloucestershire
SO9707 : Entrance to the Old Rectory, Duntisbourne Abbots by Philip Halling
For many years the Old Rectory in Duntisbourne Abbots was a Youth Hostel.
by Philip Halling


Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 2001
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Hostel name: Eastrington Lodge
Grid reference: TA187671
Nearest town: Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Open as a YHA hostel from 1946 to 1965
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Hostel name: Edmundbyers
Grid reference: NZ017500
Nearest town: Consett, Durham
NZ0150 : Edmundbyers Youth Hostel by Oliver Dixon
Formerly an inn, dating back to the 17th century.A youth hostel of the old style since 1935, but now sadly out of synch with modern trends in youth hostelling, and only open on a limited basis. LinkExternal link
by Oliver Dixon


Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 2014
Notes: now an independent hostel


Hostel name: Ellingstring
Grid reference: SE176836
Nearest town: Masham, North Yorkshire
SE1783 : Lilac Cottage, Ellingstring YHA on 30 Sept 1979 by John Lawson
1941-2003 was a 16-bed simple Youth Hostel.
by John Lawson


Open as a YHA hostel from 1940 to 2003
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Hostel name: Elterwater
Grid reference: NY327046
Nearest town: Elterwater, Cumbria

NY3204 : Ex Youth Hostel by Norman Caesar
For many years this building was a YHA youth hostel. It's now been sold and is to be converted into a Guest House/Hotel.
by Norman Caesar


Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 2013
Notes: now an independent hostel


Hostel name: Elton Old Hall
Grid reference: SK224609
Nearest town: Elton, Derbyshire
SK2260 : Elton Old Hall, Elton by David Hillas
Situated in Main Street, this 17th Century listed building opened as a Youth Hostel in 1943 and had 32 beds. It closed in 2002 and is now a self-catering boarding establishment, its postcode being DE4 2BW.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1942 to 2003
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Hostel name: Epping Forest
Grid reference: TQ408983
Nearest town: Loughton, Essex
TQ4098 : Former Epping Forest Youth Hostel by Stephen McKay
This rather basic hut on Wellington Hill was Epping Forest Youth Hostel between 1964 and 2008. It was one of the YHA's simpler establishments, for many years operating with a rota of volunteer wardens who opened it up at weekends. The building is now empty.
by Stephen McKay


Open as a YHA hostel from 1963 to 2008
Notes: Replaced an earlier hostel at Buckhurst Hill


Hostel name: Exeter (Mountwear House)
Grid reference: SX941898
Nearest town: Exeter, Devon

Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 2013
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Hostel name: Garsdale Head (Shaws)
Grid reference: SD796948
Nearest town: Lunds near Sedbergh, Cumbria

Open as a YHA hostel from 1949 to 1983
Notes: distant shot; formerly in W.R.Yorkshire


Hostel name: Gidleigh
Grid reference: SX670883
Nearest town: Chagford, Devon
SX6788 : Gidleigh YHA from churchyard by John Lawson
1971 view. The Youth Hostel was open from 1932 to 1988.
by John Lawson


Open as a YHA hostel from 1932 to 1988
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Hostel name: Gradbach Mill
Grid reference: SJ993660
Nearest town: Quarnford, Derbyshire
SJ9966 : River Dane and Gradbach Mill by Espresso Addict
The former water-powered flax mill (centre) on the banks of the River Dane dates from 1785 and was used to manufacture sewing silk. On the right is the former manager's house; the workers' cottages were demolished when the mill became uneconomic. The buildings were converted into a Youth Hostel in 1980. The footbridge adjacent to the mill building is visible (left) and the footpath in the foreground leads to another footbridge over the Black Brook tributary in SJ9965
by Espresso Addict


Open as a YHA hostel from 1981 to 2013
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Hostel name: Great Bavington
Grid reference: NY984802
Nearest town: Great Bavington, Northumberland
NY9880 : Easter Cottage, Great Bavington by Oliver Dixon
Easter Cottage stands at the very centre of Great Bavington which at one time was a much larger place than it is today. It forms part of the oldest building still standing in the village and was built in 1625. This end of the building housed the village school from 1855 until 1946. From 1949 the school building housed a Youth Hostel but it was closed in 1959 because of "unseemly behaviour" by the hostellers - what ever can that mean?
by Oliver Dixon


Open as a YHA hostel from 1948 to 1959
Notes: former village school, now a private house


Hostel name: Great Stambridge (Ragstone Lodge)
Grid reference: TQ896914
Nearest town: Great Stamford, Essex
TQ8991 : Ragstone Lodge, Great Stambridge by Stephen McKay
At the time of this photograph, taken in January 1978, this fine old house was undergoing conversion into a youth hostel. It did function as such for a short time but later became a nursing home.
by Stephen McKay


Open as a YHA hostel from 1978 to 1982
Notes: private hostel in a former rectory, advertised through YHA


Hostel name: Greenhead
Grid reference: NY659654
Nearest town: Greenhead, Northumberland
NY6565 : Greenhead Youth Hostel by David Dixon
Originally a nineteenth century Primitive Methodist chapel, now used as a Youth Hostel. See NY6565 : Primitive Methodist Church 1885.
by David Dixon


Open as a YHA hostel from 1978 to 2009
Notes: now an independent hostel


Hostel name: Greens Norton
Grid reference: SP670500
Nearest town: Towcester, Northamptonshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1953 to 1983
Notes: Former POW camp buildings, of which only one survives


Hostel name: Grindon
Grid reference: NY816700
Nearest town: Haydon Bridge, Northumberland
NY8170 : Grindon Youth Hostel at the Old Repeater Station by Oliver Dixon
LinkExternal link Seen from Hadrians Wall National Trail which runs 135 km from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend.
LinkExternal link
by Oliver Dixon


Open as a YHA hostel from 2005 to 2010
Notes: YHA "affiliate" hostel not directly owned


Hostel name: Hagg Farm
Grid reference: SK160888
Nearest town: Ashopton, Derbyshire

Open as a YHA hostel from 1973 to 1988
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Hostel name: Hindhead
Grid reference: SU896328
Nearest town: Hindhead, Surrey
SU8936 : Hindhead Youth Hostel, Devil's Punch Bowl by Keith Rose
with basic facilities
by Keith Rose


Open as a YHA hostel from 1948 to 2015
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Hostel name: Houghton Mill
Grid reference: TL281719
Nearest town: Houghton, Cambridgeshire
TL2871 : Houghton Mill  by Peter Richardson
In the days when it was used as a youth hostel, and used as the base for a Young Ornithologists Club visit from Scotland.
by Peter Richardson


Open as a YHA hostel from 1934 to 1982
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Hostel name: Hull (143 Westbourne Avenue)
Grid reference: TA075300
Nearest town: Hull, East Yorkshire
TA0730 : Westbourne Avenue, Kingston upon Hull by Bernard Sharp
At the junction with Richmond Street, dwellings at Nos.143 to 147 Westbourne Avenue.
by Bernard Sharp


Open as a YHA hostel from 1981 to 1983
Notes: replaced an earlier temporary hostel (qv)


Hostel name: Inglesham
Grid reference: SU204964
Nearest town: Highworth, Wiltshire
SU2096 : Youth Hostel, Upper Inglesham (2) by David Hillas
Taken in July 1982 from the East, this photo shows the former Youth Hostel in Upper Inglesham on the left of the photo and a red GPO telephone box in the distance on the right. It is now a private dwelling on the former A361 road.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 1991
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Hostel name: Ivinghoe
Grid reference: SP944161
Nearest town: Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire
SP9416 : Youth Hostel, Ivinghoe by Chris Martin
The youth hostel is expected to close-down on 1st October 2007
by Chris Martin


Open as a YHA hostel from 1937 to 2007
Notes: Old brewery


Hostel name: Keld
Grid reference: NY892009
Nearest town: Keld, North Yorkshire
NY8900 : Keld Lodge Hotel, Keld by David Hillas
Originally a shooting lodge then a Youth Hostel until 2006, Keld Lodge has been restored as an elegant hotel. A triangle, indicating where the Youth Hostel sign was fixed, can be seen above the "E" of Lodge on its side. Its postcode is DL11 6LL.
by David Hillas


NY8900 : Keld Youth Hostel by Les Hull
Sadly one of several youth hostels that may be sold because they are unprofitable.
by Les Hull


Open as a YHA hostel from 1943 to 2006
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Hostel name: Kemsing
Grid reference: TQ555588
Nearest town: Kemsing, Kent
TQ5558 : Kemsing Youth Hostel, Kemsing, Kent by Ian S
Taken on the evening of 21 May 1992 the day before walking the Invicta Hundred from Seven Oaks. LinkExternal link
by Ian S


Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 2006
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Hostel name: Kendal
Grid reference: SD512911
Nearest town: Kendal, Cumbria

Open as a YHA hostel from 1943 to 1984
Notes: now a nursing home


Hostel name: Kentchurch (Great Corras Farm)
Grid reference: SO419249
Nearest town: Kentchurch, Herefordshire
SO4124 : The Farmhouse at Great Corras Farm by Philip Halling
Briefly in the 1930s this building was used by the YHA as a Youth Hostel, as was SO4024 : Lower Treseny Farm, Grosmont.
by Philip Halling


Open as a YHA hostel from 1935 to 1935
Notes: now known as Great Corras Farm, just in England, replaced by Lower Treseny Farm, Grosmont across the border


Hostel name: Kielder
Grid reference: NY632932
Nearest town: Kielder, Northumberland
NY6393 : Kielder Youth Hostel by Trevor Littlewood
Kielder Youth Hostel was purpose built and is attached to the village school, which is seen to the left.
by Trevor Littlewood


Open as a YHA hostel from 2001 to 2015
Notes: Purposed built "5 star" hostel, leased from the county council. Replaced an earlier hostel (1954-1975) at NY631923, a stone building subsequently demolished with no Geograph photo. The later building


Hostel name: Kirkby Stephen (Fletcher Hill)
Grid reference: NY774085
Nearest town: Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
NY7708 : Youth Hostel, Kirkby Stephen by Alexander P Kapp
Was once a Methodist Church
by Alexander P Kapp


Open as a YHA hostel from 1981 to 2011
Notes: originally a Methodist chapel, now an independent hostel (from 2006-2011 still affiliated to YHA). Replaced an earlier one, qv


Hostel name: Kirkby Stephen (Friends Meeting House)
Grid reference: NY774083
Nearest town: Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 1980
Notes: replaced by the former Methodist chapel (Fletcher Hill). Still in use as a place of worship


Hostel name: Leam Hall
Grid reference: SK225791
Nearest town: Grindleford, Derbyshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 1970
Notes: replaced by Eyam hostel NT0806 : Tree lined path up to Gallowhill. Still standing.


Hostel name: Leamington Spa
Grid reference: SP325655
Nearest town: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
SP3265 : Former youth hostel, 69 Willes Road, Leamington by John Brightley
This building was a youth hostel operated by the Youth Hostels Association (England & Wales) (YHA) between 1952 and 1970.
(Source:Neal, Tim; Neal, Simon (1993). Youth Hostels of England and Wales 1931-1993, referred to on Wikipedia, 2010. Also postcard of hostel enabled me to locate the building.)
by John Brightley


Open as a YHA hostel from 1952 to 1970
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Hostel name: Linton
Grid reference: SD997627
Nearest town: Linton nr. Grassington, North Yorkshire
SD9962 : Linton Youth Hostel, 1983 by Nigel Thompson
This was a YHA youth hostel from 1943 to 2002. In 1983 it was classed as "standard grade".
by Nigel Thompson


Open as a YHA hostel from 1943 to 2003
Notes: originally a rectory, now a restaurant


Hostel name: Ludford
Grid reference: SO512741
Nearest town: Ludlow, Shropshire
SO5174 : River Teme, Ludford by Richard Webb
The house, seen from Ludford Bridge was once a youth hostel. It closed, probably because the building became too valuable. The YHA have no doubt another excuse, but where would you rather stay, here or with respect, Leominster? The place did a roaring trade with geology field trips.
by Richard Webb


Open as a YHA hostel from 1948 to 1999
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Hostel name: Malvern Hills
Grid reference: SO774440
Nearest towm: Great Malvern

Open as a YHA hostel from 1947 to 2006
Notes: Alternative names: Malvern (1948-51); Malvern Wells (1952-74).


Hostel name: Maypool (River Dart)
Grid reference: SX877546
Nearest town: Brixham, Devon
SX8754 : Maypool by Derek Harper
On the left is Maypool, the former youth hostel sold in 2010. This view is from the Dart Valley Trail.
by Derek Harper


Open as a YHA hostel from 1952 to 2010
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Hostel name: Myddylton Place
Grid reference: TL535386
Nearest town: Saffron Walden, Essex
TL5338 : Saffron Walden Youth Hostel by Keith Evans
Youth Hostel Saffron Walden, Essex.
by Keith Evans


Open as a YHA hostel from 1942 to 2011
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Hostel name: Naughton Mill
Grid reference: TM017495
Nearest town: Nedging Tye, Suffolk
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 1983
Notes: still extant as private house


Hostel name: Overbecks
Grid reference: SX728374
Nearest town: Salcombe, Devon
SX7237 : Overbeck's at Sharpitor by David Smith
The house and garden are owned by the National Trust. Part of the house is a Youth Hostel.
by David Smith


Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 2013
Notes: part of a National Trust property


Hostel name: Oxford (Jack Straws Lane)
Grid reference: SP533074
Nearest town: Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1936 to 2001
Notes: still extant as a nursery


Hostel name: Patcham Place
Grid reference: TQ300089
Nearest town: Brighton, Sussex
TQ3008 : Patcham Place by Simon Carey
The current building dates from 1764 and was largely a rebuild from a much older house dating back to 1558. The house passed through various families until it was purchased by Brighton council in 1926 who still own it today. Between 1939 and 2007 they leased it to the Youth Hostel Association but since they left it has not been used though they are currently plans to use it as offices.
by Simon Carey


Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 2007
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Hostel name: Pateley Bridge
Grid reference: SE130652
Nearest town: Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
SE1365 : Tarmac  ends  at  Low  Hole  Bottom by Martin Dawes
This minor road, it is also the route of the Nidderdale Way, comes up from Bewerley but is unmade from this point. Left the access road to Hole Bottom farm, ahead the driveway to Low Hole Bottom, now a private house but it was Pateley Bridge Youth Hostal for 10 years up to 1956. Go right to continue up the road shortly passing Hillend farm
by Martin Dawes


Open as a YHA hostel from 1946 to 1956
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Hostel name: Pendennis Castle
Grid reference: SW823319
Nearest town: Falmouth, Cornwall

Open as a YHA hostel from 1963 to 2000
Notes: replaced an earlier hostel at Rock House (1938-1951)


Hostel name: Penquite House
Grid reference: SX118556
Nearest town: Golant, Cornwall
SX1155 : Golant Youth Hostel by Patrick Pavey
Set in three acres of grounds with a further 14 acres of woodland to explore, YHA Golant is ideally suited to children. Overlooking the Fowey Estuary, it’s just four miles from the sea and an excellent base for discovering the Cornish coastline. There’s plenty of good walking on Bodmin Moor.
by Patrick Pavey


Open as a YHA hostel from 1970 to 2014
Notes: there was a pre-war hostel at Fowey called Triggabrowne (qv)


Hostel name: Quantock Hills
Grid reference: ST145415
Nearest town: Holford, Somerset
ST1441 : Former Youth Hostel, Holford by David Hillas
This house "Sevenacres" opened as Holford Youth Hostel in 1945, later being changed to Quantock Hills Youth Hostel. It closed in 2007 and its postcode is TA5 1SQ.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 2007
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Hostel name: Ramsgill (Longside House)
Grid reference: SE116721
Nearest town: Ramsgill, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
SE1172 : Longside House by Stephen Craven
Formerly the Ramsgill Youth Hostel (closed circa 1990?)
by Stephen Craven


SE1172 : Longside House, Fountains Earth by Gordon Hatton
Large house and former youth hostel, situated on the valley side near Ramsgill. The parish is that of Fountains Earth, indicating that it was once land owned and farmed by Fountains Abbey.
by Gordon Hatton


Open as a YHA hostel from 1967 to 1983
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Hostel name: Rock Hall
Grid reference: NU200202
Nearest town: Rock nr. Alnwick, Northumberland
NU2020 : Rock Hall by Jonathan Billinger
This building used to be a Youth Hostel in the 1970's, and the Masons Arms NU2119 : The Masons Arms is a country mile away.
by Jonathan Billinger


NU2020 : Rock Hall Youth Hostel by M J Richardson
Now a school, this was a youth hostel for many years. It was one of a group that provided laboratory facilities to encourage field studies. This is a sixth form group from the Manning School, Nottingham, which was then a very successful grammar school. The teacher is on the left, and still extant. The lone male is Peter Hawkey, who was also manager of the Farne Islands for many years, and died in 2006. See also NU2438 : Longstone Light on the Farne Islands - 1963.
by M J Richardson


Open as a SYHA hostel from 1949 to 1991
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Hostel name: Rudyard Lake
Grid reference: SJ938599
Nearest town: Leek, Staffordshire
SJ9359 : Cliffe Park by Richard Croft
Country House on the shore of Rudyard Reservoir, seen from the Staffordshire Way
by Richard Croft


Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 1969
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Hostel name: Rushall
Grid reference: SO642350
Nearest town: Much Marcle, Herefordshire
SO6434 : Converted farm building in Rushall by Philip Halling
Between 1939 and November 1979 when it closed due to low usage, this building was a youth hostel. I understand the youth hostel occupied the upper floor, whilst the ground floor was a social club for the locals.
by Philip Halling


Open as a YHA hostel from 1939 to 1979
Notes: still extant


Hostel name: Sabrina
Grid reference: SE621320
Nearest town: Selby, North Yorkshire
SE6231 : Sabrina YHA on Selby Canal April 1982 by John Lawson
LinkExternal link describes setting up this barge as the first UK floating youth hostel, open from 1965 to 1982.
by John Lawson


Open as a YHA hostel from 1965 to 1982
Notes: floating hostel on a boat


Hostel name: Saltburn
Grid reference: NZ662204
Nearest town: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland (ex North Yorks)
NZ6620 : Saltburn Youth Hostel, Victoria Road in 1984 by John Baker
I stayed here for the night of 11-12 April 1984. The hostel was closed in 1992.
by John Baker


Open as a YHA hostel from 1937 to 1992
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Hostel name: Sandown (The Firs)
Grid reference: SZ597843
Nearest town: Sandown, Isle of Wight
SZ5984 : Former Youth Hostel, Sandown by David Hillas
Located at 39 Fitzroy Street, PO36 8JH, this Youth Hostel, known as "The Firs", was opened in 1945, but closed in 2007. Modern housing has since replaced it and the house to its right. The town's Telephone Exchange in Leed Street can just be seen on the left of the photo.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1945 to 2007
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Hostel name: Scarborough
Grid reference: TA026907
Nearest town: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
TA0290 : Hostel, recently sold by Pauline E
The hostel stands beside Scalby Beck (Sea Cut). Hopefully, the building will have a continuing use for educational purposes.
Scarborough Youth Hostel opened in 1935 with its first owner and warden, Mrs Atkinson in charge. She eventually sold the business to the Youth Hostel Association.
by Pauline E


Open as a YHA hostel from 1935 to 2013
Notes: now an independent hostel


Hostel name: Shining Cliff
Grid reference: SK335522
Nearest town: Whatstandwell, Derbyshire
SK3352 : Shining Cliff Youth Hostel by Nikki Mahadevan
This basic youth hostel is in the ancient woodland of Shining Cliff Wood. Parking is a 10 minute walk away.
by Nikki Mahadevan


Open as a YHA hostel from 1978 to 2007
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Hostel name: St John's Hall
Grid reference: NZ069339
Nearest town: Wolsingham, Durham
NZ0633 : St. John's Hall by Trevor Littlewood
This fine old building is now deserted and beginning to deteriorate. I've some memory that it was at one time a youth hostel - one of the earliest but a web search has found no information.
by Trevor Littlewood


Open as a YHA hostel from 1948 to 1955
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Hostel name: Stainforth
Grid reference: SD820668
Nearest town: Stainforth, North Yorkshire
SD8266 : Former Youth Hostel, Stainforth by David Hillas
Taken in October 2006, this photo shows "Taitlands" on the B6479 road South of Stainforth. This house was erected in the 1840s and was a grade II listed building. It opened as a Youth Hostel in 1945 having 50 beds but closed in 2007. Now it is an Events and Weddings venue, its postcode being BD24 9PA.
by David Hillas


Open as a YHA hostel from 1944 to 2007
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Hostel name: Steps Bridge
Grid reference: SX802882
Nearest town: Dunsford, Devon
SX8088 : Steps Bridge Youth Hostel by Jonathan Billinger
A timber-built chalet building perched above the Teign valley on the eastern edge of Dartmoor.
This simple hostel sadly had to close at the end of 2006.
by Jonathan Billinger


Open as a YHA hostel from 1935 to 2006
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Hostel name: Stow on the Wold
Grid reference: SP191258
Nearest town: Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
SP1925 : Stow on the Wold Youth Hostel by Graham Horn
In Stow Market Square.
by Graham Horn


Open as a YHA hostel from 1935 to 2013
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Hostel name: Summerden (Waggoners Wells)
Grid reference: SU856342
Nearest town: Hindhead, Surrey

Open as a YHA hostel from 1932 to 1943
Notes: still standing, now a National Trust Warden's house


Hostel name: Thirlmere
Grid reference: NY318190
Nearest town: Legburthwaite nr. Keswick, Cumbria
NY3119 : Former Youth Hostel, Legburthwaite by Mick Garratt
The former youth hostel closed in 2001. In April 2006 plans to demolish the building and to rebuild in stone and slate were refused Lake District planners. The Parish Council objected to the plans on the grounds the new 19 bed hostel "would be visually intrusive, there is no local need for the development, and on road safety issues". LinkExternal link
by Mick Garratt


Open as a YHA hostel from 1970 to 2001
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Hostel name: Thixendale
Grid reference: SE841611
Nearest town: Thixendale, North Yorkshire
SE8461 : The Old School House, Thixendale by Paul Harrop
The village school and schoolhouse were built by the Sykes family, when Thixendale was part of the Sledmere estate. In 1849, Lady Sykes had supported the building of a small schoolhouse. This was replaced by the larger Public Elementary School and schoolhouse which opened in 1876 and could hold 70 children.

The school closed in the 1950s and until 1999 was used as a Youth Hostel in the summer months. The building then reverted to use as a village hall. (Information from village website: LinkExternal link )
by Paul Harrop


Open as a YHA hostel from 1971 to 1999
Notes: village hall (former school) rented by YHA in the summer


Hostel name: Thorneyhow
Grid reference: NY331084
Nearest town: Grasmere, Cumbria
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1932 to 2010
Notes: still standing


Hostel name: Triggabrowne
Grid reference: SX151513
Nearest town: Polruan nr. Fowey, Cornwall
SX1551 : Triggabrowne  Farmhouse by Derek Harper
The National Trust has divided the farmhouse into three holiday cottages. Amazed to find that the current visitor's book for the one we stayed in began in 1968. This view is from the lane from Polruan.
by Derek Harper


Open as a YHA hostel from 1933 to 1939
Notes: now National Trust holiday cottages


Hostel name: Walsingham
Grid reference: TF933368
Nearest town: Little Walsingham, Norfolk
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1969 to 1983
Notes: hostel run by the Catholic Pilgrim Bureau but affiliated to YHA. Presumed still standing


Hostel name: Westerdale Hall
Grid reference: NZ662060
Nearest town: Westerdale, North Yorkshire
NZ6605 : Westerdale Hall, North Yorkshire by Roger  Kidd
Westerdale Hall was built as a very substantial early Victorian shooting lodge. From 1947 to 1992 it was a popular youth hostel, but was closed and is now a private residence.

This 1972 test image is from an original Kodachrome colour slide (dias), scanned with an Epson Perfection 3170 flatbed scanner at 2400dpi.
by Roger Kidd


Open as a YHA hostel from 1936 to 1992
Notes: now a private house


Hostel name: Wheathill (The Malthouse)
Grid reference: SO613819
Nearest town: Wheathill, Shropshire
SO6181 : Malt House Farm in 1984 by John Baker
On the wall in the foreground, there is a YHA (Youth Hostels Association) sign pointing the way to the accommodation. I stayed here as a member of the YHA for the night of 6 April 1984. The hostel closed in 1998 see LinkExternal link
by John Baker


Open as a YHA hostel from 1937 to 1998
Notes: Closed 1944-1954. Now holiday accommodation, privately run


Hostel name: Wheeldale
Grid reference: SE812983
Nearest town: Goathland, North Yorkshire
SE8198 : Former Wheeldale Youth Hostel by Stephen Craven
A misty morning at Wheeldale when it was still open as a hostel, as a cyclist sets off for a day's ride.
by Stephen Craven


Open as a YHA hostel from 1948 to 1999
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Hostel name: Whitwell
Grid reference: SZ522777
Nearest town: Whitwell, Isle of Wight
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1947 to 1991
Notes: an old rectory, replaced an earlier hostel known as The Hermitage.


Hostel name: Wholehope
Grid reference: NT901093
Nearest town: Alwinton, Northumberland
NT9009 : Wholehope Youth Hostel (as was) by Oliver Dixon
This extremely remote hostel situated high in the Cheviots along Clennell Street was opened about 1949 and rapidly became the stuff of legend. Despite, or perhaps because of its remoteness, Wholehope had a loyal band of adherents and was always financially viable. However after about 1962, when the new road up to Kidlandlee was built, bikers and others began using the place for booze-ups and as a doss. There was some inappropriate behaviour (at least by YHA standards)and the authorities finally decided to pull the plug in 1965. A history of the hostel with many anecdotal accounts can be found on Trevor Hipkin's website at LinkExternal link
by Oliver Dixon


NT9009 : Wholehope Youth Hostel (as was) by Oliver Dixon
Looking westwards across the head of Kidlandlee Dean to the ruins of the old Wholehope Youth Hostel. For a closer view and details of the hostel see NT9009 : The ruins of Wholehope Youth Hostel.
by Oliver Dixon


Open as a YHA hostel from 1949 to 1964
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Hostel name: Winchester
Grid reference: SU486293
Nearest town: Winchester, Hampshire
SU4829 : Winchester: City Mill by Christopher Hilton
Straddling the Itchen, this old mill was the city's Youth Hostel from 1931 until 2005.
by Christopher Hilton


Open as a YHA hostel from 1931 to 2005
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Hostel name: Windgather
Grid reference: SKJ993785
Nearest town: Kettleshulme, Cheshire
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Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 1983
Notes: Now a private residence


Hostel name: Woodlands
Grid reference: SJ505120
Nearest town: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
SJ5012 : The former Shrewsbury Youth Hotel by Ian S
Taken around the year 2000.
by Ian S


Open as a YHA hostel from 1938 to 2002
Notes: replaced a temporary hostel on another site.


Hostel name: World's End
Grid reference: SO364450
Nearest town: Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire
SO3645 : The Jarvis Charity School by Philip Pankhurst
George Jarvis, a Staunton boy, made very good in the City. When he died in 1793 he endowed almshouses and this grand building, once a boarding school. It was never a success and until recently part of it was used as the local primary school. The architects were Fulljames and Waller of Gloucester and it all dates from 1857-60. In addition there are grand detached houses in the neighbouring trees, originally for the senior staff of the school. Recent local news is that it has been sold and will re-open as a nursing home, thereby guaranteeing some sort of future for this relatively unknown but remarkable building and its superb setting.
by Philip Pankhurst


Open as a YHA hostel from 1963 to 1990
Notes: YHA leased part of a school as a seasonal hostel; temp closed 1982-1987; now a nursing home


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