YHA Lands End YHA
Is there anywhere better named in the UK than ‘Lands End’? This dramatic coastal plinth, where cliffs meet turbulent ocean, is the country's most southwesterly point – quite literally our land’s end. ‘New York 3147’, reads the mileage on the white signpost, pointing out to sea. ‘John O’Groats 874’, reads the other – the likely destination for many cyclists who appear throughout the day and set off on great adventures to pedal the length of the country.
YHA Lands End is actually a few miles north of Lands End proper, but it's still a truly superb spot for an overnight stay, and much quieter too, In addition to the hostel they also have a camping and glamping site, located on an apron of grass outside the main building that is flat, well sheltered and intimate and boasts sea views that reveal the most breathtaking of Atlantic sunsets. You can bring your own tent, or there are a couple of very cosy bell tents, equipped with solar lighting, bean bags bedside tables and a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring, a double futon bed and single futons. There's plenty for room for 4–5 people in each, plus they have a series of camping pods too, each with space for up to 4 people on a double futon and twin single beds. As with the bell tents, mattresses, futons and all bedding are provided and each pod has heat and light, a small decking area, and velux windows in the roof that are perfect for a spot of star-gazing. Dogs are welcome in the pods too. Glampers have access to all the hostel facilities, including a kitchen and evening bar and, while campfires aren’t permitted, there’s plenty of space for an evening BBQ.
If you're less keen on the outdoor life, the hostel itself has 34 beds spread across 9 rooms – everything from single and double rooms to rooms with six bunks – and is also a very comfortable way to take advantage of this fantastic location. The hostel is set in a Cornish Mining Heritage Site – the Cot Valley – which is now a famous area for spotting rare migratory birds. It’s a five-minute stroll through the valley to the South West Coast Path, with relics from the sites industrial past to be found along the way. Indeed, many campers arrive and leave the hostel on foot, following the entire length of the footpath and staying here along the way. It’s easy to see why. The Penwith Peninsular has something to see over every rise and fall in its nobly coastal landscape. YHA Lands End is just one small part of the treasure trove.
The Owner Says
Just five miles north of Land's End, this Youth Hostel accommodation is a great place for an activity break or to relax after exploring west Cornwall’s many attractions. The famous signpost and tourist hotspot of mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point are but five miles south, yet you wouldn’t know it. Cradled in the peaceful Cot Valley, YHA Land’s End offers a tranquil spot far from the madding crowd.
YHA Land's End is tucked away with fine views to the sea and a five minute walk to the South West Coast Path - perfect for a value family break. We're more than just a swell view of the Atlantic; beaches and the great countryside are nearby, so we're equally good for surfing breaks, birdwatching and walking holidays.
Cape Cornwall is just a 30 minute walk away if you want to admire the spectacular view from the NCI lookout station. Or head for the hills and explore the Penwith Moors - there are some amazing stone circles and Iron Age villages along the way. Whether you want to learn about the historical mining locations made famous in Poldark or just relax on a sublime beach, we're a one-stop location for paradise.
Our favourite spot
Tents – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans, trailer tents, pets, campfires – no.
The local area
Follow footpaths to the coast, to St Just, and to the wild moorlands of Penwith. Wherever you go, you begin by heading through the surrounding Cot Valley, a Cornish Mining Heritage Site. The valley was once heavily industrialised during the late 19th century tin mining boom and the relics are all within walking distance of the hostel. More ancient remains include the Ballowall Barrow (0370 333 1181) – a chambered cairn dating from the late Neolithic to the Middle Bronze Age – set high above the valley. Cape Cornwall is just a 30 minute walk away if you want to admire the spectacular view from the NCI lookout station.
Best local places to eat and drink
There is a licensed bar on site serving cold beers, local ales and wine, while, for an extra cost, campers can wake up to a delicious full cooked breakfast or indulge in the Supper Club evening meal in the hostel. Breakfasts include a hot full English option and a cold continental buffet with a selection of hot drinks and fruit juices – served from 7.30am–9am. The hostel can also provide a packed lunch for you to take out during the day.
Why stay with us?
Camping is in the garden around the youth hostel and all guests have access to the facilities inside, including a bar and café, a kitchen, a lounge area with a tv, free Wi-Fi, bike hire and bike storage and a drying room. There's a BBQ area and campers also have access to their own campsite-sepcific toilet block with an extra toilet, sink and shower closer to the camping ground. The main car park is at the rear of the Youth Hostel, about a 50m walk from the camping area.
AccommodationTwo bell tents (each sleeping 4–5) and two camping pods (each sleeping 4); grass camping pitches for up to 12 people, and 34 beds in the hostel.
PriceBell tents from £75 a night, camping pods from £69 a night, camping pitches from £12 a night. Under 5s go free. Double rooms from £45 a night, larger rooms £59–£109 a night. Beds form £18 a night.
Opening TimesAll year.
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