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10 best YHA sites for dogs

Dogs at YHA

In June YHA announced that dogs are now welcome to stay with their owners at Youth Hostels that offer camping and cabin accommodation.

Dog owners can now take advantage of nearly 60 YHA sites that offer camping pods, cabins, tipis, bell tents and pitch up facilities in their grounds.

Dogs are charged at £5 per night when using YHA’s pods, cabins, tipis and bell tents, however there is no additional charge for dogs where owners choose to bring their own tents and use the pitch up facilities available at 31 Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales.

To ensure that all guests have the best experience when staying at dog-friendly sites, YHA has developed a doggy code of conduct which requires dogs to be micro chipped and fully vaccinated to ensure the safety and well-being of other animals and guests. Additionally, owners must keep their pets on a lead at all times, including external areas.

Camping prices start from just £8.00 per night and campers also benefit from further discounts if they are YHA members.

1. YHA Grinton Lodge

Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6HS

Situated on the southern slopes of Swaledale, YHA Grinton Lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery and exceptional views of the Yorkshire Dales.

YHA Grinton Lodge‘s camping area is in a fantastic location with gorgeous views over Swaledale and the village of Reeth. The campsite itself is large with space for up to eight pitches and is suitable for organised group holidays as well as family breaks.

There are lots of routes throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park for varying abilities. The area is full of striking landscapes to explore. The traditional limestone barns and wildflower meadows contrast with the rugged beauty of the old mine workings. The Youth Hostel is just a 10 minute walk from the village of Grinton which has a cosy pub and a small church.

You can choose to pitch up your own tent or spend a night in a heated camping pod which sleeps up to four people and includes bedding.

From £13.00 per night.

2. YHA Manorbier

Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA70 7TT

The YHA Manorbier campsite is a level field close to both the car park and the Youth Hostel. The field is surrounded by trees, hedges, willows and even a wildlife meadow and has stunning sea views. The campsite is peaceful and serene with plenty of space for children to play. Staying on the YHA Manorbier campsite means you get the best of both worlds – a great outdoor experience with all the superb new hostel facilities.

YHA Manorbier has three large, heated camping pods which sleep up to four people and include beds and bedding as well as having their own decked area.

From £10.00 per night.

3. YHA Borrowdale

Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XE

If you like camping, you’ll love the wooden camping pods at YHA Borrowdale which sleep up to three people and include bedding. Each pod has its own individual decking area – perfect for a disposable BBQ.

This lakeland Youth Hostel boasts a fabulous valley location with fine mountain scenery and a warm, informal atmosphere. The hostel is a longstanding Lake District favourite, a recommended stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast and choc-a-bloc with walking routes right from its doorstep. There is no better place for climbing Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Bowfell. However, size isn’t everything and the more lowly Castle Crag will leave you with an enduring memory of the beauty and atmosphere of the Lake District. Catbells, Walla Crag and walks along the River Derwent are favourites.

In addition to the cabins, there is room for up to 25 campers to pitch up and sleep comfortably.

From £12.00 per night.

4. YHA Hawkshead

Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD

Campers are spoilt for choice at YHA Hawkshead in the Lake District. Choose from tipis, camping pods, cabins or pitch up your own tent. The YHA Hawkshead campsite is situated in the Victorian kitchen garden, surrounded by woodland with a stream running alongside the site.

The spacious tipis are fully kitted out with bedding and can sleep four people. They have a wooden floor which is partly carpeted and a lockable coffee table chest which you can store your belongings in and use as a table. There’s also eco-friendly solar lighting and two comfy waterproof bean bags for you to chill out on during the day. This cosy glamping option is perfect for those who love camping but not roughing it.

The hostel also offers eight camping pods which sleep between three and four people and cabins, which sleep four or five people comfortably. All include beds and bedding.

From £8.00 per night.

5. YHA Eden Project

Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

The campsite is situated within the magical grounds of the Eden Project, just a short walk away from the entrance gates. It provides camping for approximately 80 people onsite. You can either bring your own tent or hire a stylish festival-inspired bell tent.

YHA’s sophisticated and spacious tipi-like tents are fitted out with a double futon bed and three single futon beds, plus all bedding is included – there’s enough room for 4-5 people to chill out in! There are six bell tents at YHA Eden Project – four standard and two premium. Premium bell tents sleep four people and have the addition of a woodburner to keep you cosy. You’ll feel right at home in the Eden Project with their eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags. Bell tents are available to stay in from Easter until the end of September.

While dogs are not allowed in the Biomes at the Eden Project, you are welcome to explore miles of paths in the Outdoor Gardens. There is a range of facilities for your four-legged friend, including water bowls and an undercover dining area.

From £12.00 per night.

6. YHA Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7RG

Situated on the rural outskirts of Stratford upon Avon and just four miles from the centre, YHA Stratford-upon-Avon is set in three acres of lovely grounds and offers luxury camping in the form of deluxe pods. Each pod boasts a kitchenette area with fridge, wet room with toilet and shower, and plenty of space for four people to sleep and relax. Each pod also has its own private decking area.

While Stratford upon Avon town centre may not be your pooch’s idea of a good day out, YHA Stratford upon Avon is surrounded by many lovely walking routes. Stride out on foot from the Youth Hostel to discover this beautiful, vibrant town, or take a stroll along the river. Start at the Butterfly Farm and walk towards the Avon to take in views of the theatre and walk along the waterfront. Look across the river for fantastic views of Trinity Church, where Shakespeare’s grave can be found.

From £69.00 per night.

7. YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WB

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is set in formal gardens and 27 acres of parkland in the heart of the Peak District National Park. There are beautiful gardens, woods and streams to explore within the grounds with one of the peak’s most popular and charming tourist villages on the doorstep. Dogs are welcome in our camping barn.

The Youth Hostel is close to the spectacular Winnats Pass, Peveril Castle and Mam Tor and is a great base for a superb walking holiday.

From £12.00 per night.

8. YHA South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

Do you like the idea of resting your weary limbs where HRH The Queen has stood? If so, then the camping pods, which are tucked away in the grounds of YHA South Downs in East Sussex, could be the perfect location for your next family holiday.

HRH visited YHA South Downs and admired the camping pods as part of her visit there in 2013 to officially open the £3 million hostel. The wooden pods sleep up to four people and are heated and include beds, futons and bedding. Each pod also has its own decking area, perfect for having a disposable BBQ on a sunny day.

A converted farmhouse on the South Downs Way, YHA South Downs is a brief walk from Southease railway station and within easy reach of the Sussex towns of Lewes and Newhaven and the sprawling outdoors of the South Downs National Park is right on the doorstep.

From £13.00 per night.

9. YHA Beer

Seaton, Devon, EX12 3LL

Devon’s YHA Beer is longstanding and well-regarded but few know that concealed in the surroundings of this striking arts and crafts house are bell tents. The roomy, tipi-like tents can sleep up to five people and are fully kitted out with a double futon-bed and three single futons, all complete with bedding. They also have eco-friendly lighting and cosy bean bags for you to unwind on, as well as bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring.

The Youth Hostel is located on the stunningly beautiful Jurassic coast, now listed as a world heritage site. It’s great for geology, rock pools and fossil hunting, walking and photography. The hostel has private grounds for you to explore and a rich quarry history, populated with local legends about smugglers and pirates.

Campers also have 24-hour access to all of the hostel facilities, including the bar and lounge area should the British weather be at its unreliable best.

From £12.00 per night.

10. YHA Lulworth Cove

Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5SA

Keen palaeontologists and geologists will feel at home in Dorset’s YHA Lulworth Cove, tucked away in the county’s countryside and just a mile’s walk from Lulworth Cove, a famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The cove is thought of as one of the best examples of this type of land formation and has been termed as one of the seven natural wonders of England. For walking enthusiasts, the South West Coastal Path passes close by.

Take your own tent and camp by the side of YHA Lulworth Cove and enjoy the views across the fields which surround it. Explore the beautiful Dorset countryside and walk the South West Coast path with its stunning outlook along the Jurassic Coast. Literary walking tours are available at nearby Lyme Regis as well as fossil hunts with experienced guides.

We can only take 2/3 man tents due to the shape of our camping field. Bookings must be made directly through the hostel.

From £13.00 per night.

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