Hostels, Issue 7

Canine Comforts

Hear that? The thumping tail? That’s the sound of one very happy dog. Yes, the time has come – we’re pleased to announce that it’s now possible for you to bring your pooch while staying with YHA. Dogs and their owners can now stay at 44 YHA Camping & Cabins sites, as well as at 14 of our Exclusive Hire properties.   

It costs an extra £5 a night when you’re bringing your four-legged friend to a pod, cabin, tipi or bell tent – and nothing if you’re using the pitch-up facilities available at 40 of our hostels. They’re even allowed in our cafes. For exclusive hire, meanwhile, it’s £40 per dog for the duration of the booking. 

There are a few small stipulations – but nothing too ruff. We prefer dogs which are as well behaved as their human pals, and they’ll need to meet our code of conduct in terms of being micro-chipped and fully vaccinated. They also need to be kept on a lead at all times. 

Just as crucially, of course, we know that bringing a content canine on holiday is hugely important to many of you. Having a dog by your side is a fantastic way of exploring some of the best countryside England and Wales has to offer – and we’re sure Fido would agree.  

For more information, visit 

Five for Fido: 

Find dog heaven at these fantastic hostels

YHA South Downs

Ensconced in the folds of the South Downs, this hostel is brilliantly placed for hilly walks. There are camping pods available for pooches. 

YHA Holmbury St Mary

Set in the Surrey Hills, with 4,000 acres on the doorstep, your dog will be in heaven. Camping, bell tents and Exclusive Hire are all on offer. 

YHA Stratford upon Avon

To bark, or not to bark: that is the question. The deluxe camping pods in this Shakespeare Country hostel
welcome dogs. 

YHA Hawkshead

Tipis, campsite and camping pods at this scenic Lake District hostel are all available for dogs and their families. The perfect base for Lakeland walks. See page 16 for some inspiration.  

YHA Manorbier

Is that a Welsh Terrier? This Pembrokeshire hostel and campsite welcomes dogs to enjoy the wild Welsh coast. 

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