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Majestic and breathtaking, the mountains of Britain have a magic all of their own. Challenge yourself with a trek over some of the highest mountain locations in the UK, or take a slightly more leisurely walk through some of the most beautiful countrysides with spectacular views.

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

YHA Castleton is close to the spectacular Winnats Pass, Peveril Castle and Mam Tor; a great base for families and for activity breaks with superb walking, climbing, running and cycling all around.

YHA Ravenstor

District. YHA Ravenstor is located at the point where Tideswell and Millers Dales meet, high above the River Wye, and this country retreat offers fab opportunities for activity breaks in the great outdoors, including superb walking holidays in a fabulous mountain location.

YHA Edale Activity Centre

A grand old country house on the southern flanks of Kinder Scout, YHA Edale is one of the highest residences in the Peak District and has a view to match.

YHA Youlgreave

The distinctive building overlooks the limestone dales around the River Bradford and has mountain biking, rock climbing and water sports easily within reach.

YHA Eyam

YHA Eyam (Beech Hurst) is a Victorian folly resembling a tiny turreted castle perched on the hillside above the historic village of Eyam.

YHA Ilam Hall

If you’re looking for an unforgettable family holiday, a superb mountain location, a relaxing break away or a magnificent setting for your special event, then YHA Ilam Hall is the place for you.

YHA Snowdon Pen y Pass

Situated at the foot of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, over 1,000ft above sea level, this Youth Hostel is the perfect choice for climbing holidays and budding mountaineers.

YHA Snowdon Ranger

YHA Snowdon Ranger is a rural retreat at the foot of the mountain, this former inn is great accommodation to use as a base when you’re tackling Snowdon on a walking or hiking holiday.

YHA Snowdon Llanberis

YHA Snowdon Llanberis is an ideal base for families, individuals and groups of walkers, cyclists and climbers who want easy access to the fantastic mountain trails, rivers, lakes and attractions of Snowdonia.

YHA Idwal Cottage

This eco-friendly hostel offers superb Snowdonia accommodation for activity breaks in the Ogwen Valley and is surrounded by geographical wonders.

YHA Alstonefield

Perfect for families and groups keen to get away from it all, YHA Alstonefield is in a lovely Peak District village surrounded by rolling hills.

YHA Ambleside

While within walking distance of the charming village of Ambleside, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and watersports in the Lake District – the hostel overlooks the nearby Langdale Pikes.

YHA Black Sail

Those on walking, hiking and climbing holidays will value the superb access from this rural retreat to nearby peaks including Great Gable, Pillar, Red Pike and Steeple.

YHA Borrowdale

This is a landscape of epic proportions and pioneers; not only is the Lake District England’s largest National Park, it is home to the country’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake – Wastwater, plus Great Gable is believed to be the birthplace of British rock climbing.

YHA Buttermere

YHA Buttermere is set in an unrivalled position, overlooking the lake and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England.

YHA Coniston Coppermines

Beautifully located, this hostel offers a 500ft head start on the ascent of the Old Man of Coniston. If you’re up for the challenge, scale the Old Man to enjoy incredible views from the summit.

YHA Coniston Holly How

There’s so much to do on an activity break here! Watersports holidays, sailing holidays or cycling holidays including mountain biking on some of the country’s best trails – there’s something for everyone.

YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

Hiking and climbing holiday enthusiasts, ramblers, history buffs, nature lovers, poets and artists will all find something to love about this Youth Hostel in Cumbria.

YHA Hathersage

Hathersage is continually buzzing with climbing, walking and cycling enthusiasts who cannot get enough of the striking scenery. Climbers can be seen tackling the famed Stanage Edge, which is renowned for pushing climbers of all levels to their limits.

YHA Hawkshead

Great for walking and cycling holidays, nearby Grizedale Forest also offers some of the country’s best routes if you’re looking for a mountain biking holiday.

YHA Langdale

This is a Youth Hostel from which the central fells can be explored and enjoyed immediately upon stepping through the front door.

YHA Patterdale

If you’re feeling energetic the Helvellyn range is fantastic for climbing and hiking holidays. For something more gentle, take a cruise on the Ullswater steamer or hire a boat.

YHA St David’s

Swimming, surfing, coasteering, climbing, riding and walking – everything’s here for a non-stop activity break or watersports holiday.

YHA Wasdale Hall

A perfect base for climbing, walking or hiking holidays, you can even take on the infamous Scafell Pike from here as well as numerous woodland walks.

Written by Sally Nutland

Sally works in YHA’s communication team, writing extensively on the charity’s development, impact and purpose. She loves holidays and history, niche pop culture references and collecting happy memories. Her favourite hostel is YHA Tintagel.

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