10 of the perfect UK hostels for adventures – and the rule of six | Hostels
The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
The YHA hostel on the Nationwide Panorama Discovery Centre opened in 2017 after an intensive challenge to switch the previous, 80-year-old hostel. It’s a five-minute stroll to one of many best-preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, in addition to entry to the 267-mile Pennine Means. Brief round walks close by embody the four-mile Metal Rigg route, passing Sycamore Hole with its well-known tree, and glacial lake Crag Lough. Takeaway meals are being served onsite and there are a number of communal out of doors areas open, together with the grassy roof terrace and stargazing hammocks.
• Double bunks from £29, dorms for 4 from £39, yha.org.uk
Near Penrith city, Wayfarers is a superb choice for cyclists embarking on the C2C route, a 137-mile problem from the Cumbrian coast to Tyneside, by way of the Lake District, the Pennines and County Durham. There are a number of bikes obtainable to e-book prematurely, or if strolling and mountain climbing, take your choose from the encompassing Eden Valley, Ullswater and the grounds of Brougham Castle. There are not any meals onsite at current, and, like most hostels reopening underneath present restrictions, the kitchen is off limits, however there are a number of pubs, cafes and eating places shut by and takeaways are welcome.
• Twin room from £44, dorm for 4 from £96, wayfarershostel.com
Glen Nevis, Highlands
On the foot of Ben Nevis and 10 minutes’ drive from Fort William, this huge, timber-clad youth hostel is an effective base for high- and low-level walks, mountain biking, kayaking, quad biking and canyoning. The hostel was not too long ago refurbished, and though many of the communal indoor areas are closed there’s a big out of doors terrace, the place the hostel’s takeaway breakfasts and packed lunches could be eaten whereas having fun with the panoramic mountain views. The wild landscapes of the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way are additionally inside straightforward attain.
• Twin room from £50, dorm for 4 from £70, hostellingscotland.org.uk
Lands Finish, Cornwall
A gaggle of transformed farm buildings is now residence to a hostel within the small village of Trevescan, 10 minutes’ stroll to Lands Finish. It’s near the South West Coast Path, and the beginning/end line of the Lands Finish to John O’ Groats biking route, in addition to Penzance city (20 minutes by automobile). Past the browsing, kite browsing and paddleboarding at Sennen seashore and Mount’s Bay, the shoreline additionally has extra secluded seashores, similar to Nanjizal – a tiny, sandy cove accessed solely on foot, by way of fields and farmland, in just below an hour. In-room breakfast baskets can be found on request, and there are a number of pubs a couple of minutes’ stroll.
• Twin room from £60, dorm for six from £130, independenthostels.co.uk
Castleton Losehill Corridor, Peak District
A transformed Victorian mansion within the coronary heart of the Peak District, YHA Castleton Losehill Corridor is in a primary location for walks round limestone dales, ridges and open moorland. There are round routes round Mam Tor, or Mom Hill, so-called on account of its presiding over a number of mini hills, brought on by landslips; in addition to the Great Ridge path and the beginning of the 46-mile Limestone Way. The hostel has a restricted meals and drinks menu obtainable for takeaway, and there are eating places and cafes in close by Castleton village – additionally identified for its caves and caverns, similar to former semi-precious mineral mine Blue John Cavern.
• Doubles from £29, dorms at present unavailable, yha.org.uk
The Outdated Faculty Home, North Yorkshire
This new hostel in Robin Hood’s Bay, within the North York Moors national park, opened its doorways just some weeks earlier than lockdown. It’s simply two minutes’ stroll to a sandy seashore that’s backed by craggy cliffs and a well-liked spot for fossil searching, because it’s a part of a Jurassic coastline. Additionally close by is the Cleveland Way National Trail, for strolling routes to Whitby and Scarborough; and the top of Wainwright’s 182-mile coast to coast trail. E book breakfast prematurely on the hostel, or head into the historic fishing village, which has a number of choices for meals.
• Single occupancy from £25, dorms for six from £60, independenthostels.co.uk
A town-centre hostel a couple of minutes’ stroll from the coast, Cohort works intently with the St Ives Surf School (10% off classes for hostel visitors), which runs classes on Porthmeor seashore. Different watersports and out of doors kicks could be booked via the hostel, together with at close by Gwithian, with its three miles of golden sands stated to be top-of-the-line kitesurfing seashores within the UK. Like many on the listing, the hostel is aiming to increase the season if the demand is there – costs are being saved low, so it’s an amazing choice for an inexpensive non-public room this autumn in contrast with the pricier lodging on the town.
• Single occupancy from £44, dorms for as much as six from £129, independenthostels.co.uk
Perched on a clifftop, YHA Manorbier feels distant, but it surely has quick access to coastal paths and the golden sands of Shrinkle Haven are simply 10 minutes away on foot, making it a great choice for households. Clifftop walks alongside the Pembrokeshire Coast Path provide breathtaking views, and lead as much as Tenby. Out of doors kids’s play centre Heatherton World of Activities can also be close by. Restricted food and drinks is being served onsite, and alongside non-public rooms there are additionally a number of wood tenting huts exterior, heated and sleeping as much as 4.
• Double bunks from £39, dorms for six from £59, huts from £59, yha.org.uk
Portrush Vacation Hostel, County Antrim
Surf’n’Keep breaks right here in collaboration with Portrush Surf School benefit from the swell alongside the North Antrim and Causeway Coast. Together with one-on-one teaching and group classes (from £40pp, two hours within the water, together with all gear), there are alternatives to strive paddle boarding, bodyboarding and “giant supping” – the place a gaggle paddles collectively on a single board. The hostel is situated at Ramore Head, between the east and the west strand seashores of Portrush, and is quarter-hour within the automobile to Giants Causeway. At the moment, there are timed slots for the continental breakfast (included) and to be used of the communal kitchen.
• Doubles from £50, dorms for 4 from £60, portrushholidayhostel.com
Cheddar Barton, Somerset
Working intently with Mendip Outdoor Pursuits, this hostel is an effective base for a multi-activity break – from raft constructing and bush craft to abseiling, caving and axe throwing (actions from £10). The 250-acre woodland web site additionally has a snowsport centre for snowboarding and snowboarding classes, and tobogganing. The massive Victorian hostel and annexe is a couple of minutes’ stroll to the spectacular pure landmark of Cheddar Gorge, with strolling and biking routes close by, and inside straightforward attain of Bathtub and Bristol. For a break from the adrenaline rush, head to Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company customer centre to observe cheesemaking in motion (e-book forward for timed slots).
• Doubles from £59, dorms for six from £69, yha.org.uk