We're celebrating the YHA's
Festival of Walking (and the joy of exploring on two feet any time of the year) with some of the very best affordable hostels for walkers
around the country, many of which offer self-catering, glamping
and private rooms, as well as traditional dorm beds. It's basically a roll-call of Britain's most stunning locations
– prepare to be impressed with our selection of top UK hostels
You can't get a much more remote hostel
than this spot in Cumbria
, six miles from the nearest car park. Enjoy a cup of tea at the always-open lounge, then a spot of star gazing
This seaside hostel
perches on a cliff above the Pembrokeshire Coast, where there are great beaches to explore, plus some of the best surfing spots in the UK!
A classy independent hostel in the heart of Snowdonia National Park
with an on-site cafe and a terrace for al fresco evenings, plus two pubs within walking distance.
Breath-taking views at this wonderful former gentleman's shooting lodge in North Yorkshire
, where you can stay in the main building or a wooden camping pod
A small Cornish
seaside hostel in a great location, with beaches, walks, and numerous outdoor activities nearby. A visit to the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic is a must!
This farmhouse hostel is handy for the Pembrokeshire
Coast Path and has a self-catering kitchen and several room choices. Note: the nearest shop is three miles away!
Only accessible by walking or cycling
, this hostel in the Surrey
Hills is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways – no wonder it's one of our top hostels for walkers!
In a stupendous location, reached on foot along a Cumbrian mountain path, this is England's highest and most remote hostel – off-grid heaven
Great for wildlife lovers,
hostel offers stunning views of the Cairngorms from the lounge windows. Keep an eye out
for red squirrels at play!
Set at the base of Snowdon
, this hostel is popular with walkers and climbers alike, and offers a cafe, bar and social areas to relax in after an active day.
Perched on a cliff, this Cornish hostel enjoys fabulous views of the coast. Available for private hire at certain times of the year, it's a great venue for a party
This high-spec hostel at Northumberland
National Park's landscape discovery centre has a bar, self-catering kitchen and WiFi. They serve breakfast and dinner, too!
Located on the South Downs Way and reachable by train, this is the ideal eco- and walking-friendly
hostel, complete with a comfy lounge, bar and cafe.
This family-friendly hostel
in North Yorkshire has many activities to keep the kids happy, from rock-pooling and fossil-hunting on the beach to treasure trails!
Set in 4,000 acres of scenic Surrey countryside, yet London
is just an hour away, there's a bar, large dining room, bike hire and glamping
options, plus lots to do nearby.
A hostel located in the midst of beautiful Lake District
scenery, it's popular with families, walkers and climbers. Why not book a stay in a wooden pod with your own deck area?