The best hostels in the Peak District

15/01/2020 16:14

Written by Helen Moat

Hostels are a great option for walkers and hikers exploring the Peak District, and YHA has plenty of good-value offerings to choose from.  

YHA Hathersage 

Castleton Rd, Hathersage S32 1EH 

Close to the centre of town, this hostel is run by friendly and accommodating staff. The rooms are basic but comfortable, sleeping six, a single private room and family room sleeping four. The accommodation is particularly good value for money for the single traveller.

YHA Ilam Hall 

Ilam DE6 2AZ 

In 84 acres of National Trust land, this refurbished YHA property is housed in a 17th-century Gothic manor house with superb views over to Dovedale. The staff are friendly and the accommodation (family en-suite rooms along with more conventional dormer rooms) clean and comfortable. A games room, comfortable lounge and catering facilities makes the hall a hit with kids and adults alike.

YHA Losehill Hall 

Near Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WB 

An imposing Victorian Gothic mansion in extensive grounds, this youth hostel lies just outside the town of Castleton and exudes character. You can enjoy the 27 acres of parkland, woodland and stream. There’s a cobbled courtyard with picnic benches, along with a ceiling to floor glass conservatory. The building has been fully modernised, while retaining its historical features.  Most rooms have en-suite facilities, while the West Mews with its 28 beds over seven rooms can be rented out as a unit. This is great accommodation for the budget-conscious.

YHA Ravenstor 

Millers Dale SK17 8SS 

Situated high above the River Wye, where Tideswell and Millers Dale meet, Ravenstor is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious woodland and lawns. The hostel is double-fronted country house, all chimney stacks, mullion windows and leaded panes. Walk directly from the house into the dales or on to the Monsal Trail. It’s a great budget option.

YHA Youlgreave 

Fountain Sq DE45 1UR  

An unusual building in the centre of Youlgreave, this hostel was once the local co-operative store, and retains many of the shop features inside. There’s a range of private and dorm bedrooms, a lounge/dining area and self-catering kitchen along with a bike shed and drying room for boots. There are some picnic seats in front of the building, where you can sit and watch all Youlgreave life as it passes by.


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