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Beautiful rural locations to explore

Explore the beauty and tranquility of the great British countryside with YHA. Watch the world go by over a picnic in the sunshine or get muddy with an exhilarating woodland bike ride; whatever you want to do, there’s a YHA for you in amazing rural locations.

YHA Dartmoor

If you want to get away from it all for an outdoor activity break, YHA Dartmoor is the perfect rural spot.

YHA Grinton Lodge

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

YHA Wasdale Hall

This 200 year old country pile was originally used as a lakeside holiday home before becoming a National Trust property and still contains many of its original features.

YHA Ilam Hall

YHA Ilam Hall is a 17th Century gothic manor sits in 84 acres of National Trust parkland next to the river Manifold, with Dovedale just on its doorstep.

YHA Ravenstor

Set in 60 acres of magnificent grounds with spectacular views – YHA Ravenstor is a great pick for a cheap family holiday in the heart of the Peak District.

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is a totally refurbished Victorian gothic mansion and cobbled mews set in formal gardens and 27 acres of parkland in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

YHA Youlgreave

YHA Youlgreave is a gateway hostel to the Peak District National Park, and is ideally located within reach of all the major destinations and activities the Peaks have to offer.

YHA National Forest

There are great routes in the area for walking holidays and cycling holidays or, for something completely different, try llama trekking!

YHA Sherwood Forest

This modern Sherwood Forest accommodation is on the edge of Robin Hood’s fabled territory with great walking and cycling nearby.

YHA Idwal

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

YHA Wilderhope Manor

Visit YHA’s stunning, Grade I listed Elizabethan manor in the heart of the Shropshire countryside which had a £500,000 refurbishment to bring it bang up to date in 2012.

YHA Wye Valley

ocated in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, close to Symonds Yat Rock, there’s a course on site for orienteering holidays and there are miles of footpaths to explore for walking holidays.

YHA Jordans

If you want a relaxing weekend break in a rural retreat with good access to London, YHA Jordans is the Youth Hostel for you.

YHA Street

The charming Swiss-style chalet is surrounded by National Trust land overlooking the mystical Glastonbury Tor.

YHA Brecon Beacons Danywenallt

Surrounded by wooded slopes, high peaks, waterfalls and trails, this lovely converted farmhouse makes an ideal rural retreat for a family holiday in Wales.

YHA Brecon Beacons

The hostel is set in 15 acres of ancient National Park woodland and overlooks the River Tarell with breath taking views of the highest mountain peak in South Wales.

YHA Clun Mill

This rural retreat is now a great base for visitors on walking and cycling holidays to explore the unspoilt landscape, hill forts, castles and picturesque market towns nearby.

YHA Edale

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 Tanners Hatch Surrey Hills

This picturesque and eco-friendly hostel with plenty of charm and character in National Trust woodland is a perfect country retreat close to London.

YHA New Forest

Ancient folklore and fairies, white witches and wildlife, this part of the New Forest National Park is peerless in its old world charm.

YHA Malham

If you’re looking for Pennine Way accommodation, families, individuals, groups and school trips will all love this comfortable hostel in the heart of a beautiful dales village, surrounded by classic limestone scenery.

YHA Dufton

This accommodation in Cumbria is the perfect opportunity to stay in Europe’s first Geopark, an area of great geological interest.

YHA Langdale

YHA Langdale’s enviable location is unmatched with stunning views including the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg Fell and rolling views all the way down to Lake Windermere and Bowness.

YHA Langdon Beck

YHA Langdon Beck is a small, rural hostel located in the heart of Upper Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in County Durham and stands at 385 meters above sea level.

YHA Hawkshead

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap breaks.

YHA Patterdale

Lively, retro and full of character, this Scandinavian style rural retreat is ideal for families and activity breaks exploring the surrounding ridges and fells.

YHA Hawes

There are great walking and cycling routes straight from the door and this part of the Yorkshire Dales is particularly rich in waterfalls, including Hawdraw Force, England’s largest single drop waterfall.

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 Hathersage

A bustling Derbyshire village popular with everyone from fans of outdoor activity breaks to literature and history buffs.

YHA Kettlewell

Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Kettlewell, the Youth Hostel has stunning views of valley and great access to walks along the River Wharfe.

YHA Medway

Situated in rural Kent, YHA Medway is opposite Capstone Farm Country Park. This traditional Oast house is also just 10 minutes’ drive from Chatham’s Historic Dockyard Trust Museum.

YHA Litton Cheney

Walkers and cyclists will love staying at Litton Cheney, a village surrounded by fantastic countryside just waiting to be explored.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite hostel is YHA Perranporth.

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