Bridges Long Mynd Youth Hostel, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0SP

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This small hostel, once the old village school, is tucked away in the Shropshire hills with the Long Mynd to the east and Stiperstones to the west. It is an ideal spot for ramblers with the Shropshire Way passing close by and a great network of uncrowded paths to explore. Ideally situated for the End to End cycle route and plenty of mountain biking opportunities. The nearby small towns of Church Stretton, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bishops Castle and sleepy Montgomery are all worth a visit. There's also the Acton Scott working farm museum and Snailbeach former lead mines close by.

During Covid the hostel is providing private rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people with assigned showers. Each room has its own table in the hostel common area so you can play some board games and enjoy your meals together. The hostel is providing proper breakfasts and home cooked evening meals, so you won’t miss the self catering kitchen, which is closed due to Covid regulations. Prices are shown below.

In normal times the hostel has a good kitchen, lounge with wood fire, books and games, a drying room, a food shop and a large garden. There are two en-suite rooms of 4 and one 6 bed room, with discounts for families. One of these has some facilities for the disabled which the hostel will tell you more about if you phone.

Home cooked three course evening meals are available, using fruit and vegetables from the hostel garden all year round. These are not standard YHA meals, they are grown and cooked with pride by the hostel staff. Camping is available and there is a pub nearby.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    28: 2x4 en suite, 2x6, 1x8 plus camping
  • Open:

    All year except Xmas. Reception open 8-10 am & 5-10 pm. Hostel closes at 11pm.
  • Price per night:

    From £20 per person in private rooms for 6,4 or 2.
  • Booking:

    Telephone to book. No credit or debit cards accepted. Cheques must be made payable to Bridges Youth Hostel not YHA.
  • Directions:

    From Church Stretton, take The Burway road uphill. Take right fork at top of Long Mynd (this route is not advisable in bad winter weather). From Shrewsbury take road via Longden and Pulverbatch, then left by Bridges Pub.
  • Public Transport :

    Trains at Church Stretton (5 miles) with a shuttle bus to Bridges at weekends from April to September.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Shropshire Way
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bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
yYHA Affiliated


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An ideal rest for ramblers of the Shropshire Way!

October 11th 2018

With a network of uncrowded footpaths to enjoy, Bridges Youth Hostel gives you a relaxing opportunity to get to know Shewsbury’s nature while taking a few nights rest from your adventure!

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Bridges Youth Hostel

October 20th 2017

…between two of Shropshire’s iconic hills…

Bridges Youth Hostel lies between two of Shropshire’s iconic hills: The Long Mynd and Stiperstones.

“Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows
What are these blue remembered hills
What spires, what farms are those?”

A.E. Housemann wrote these words from A Shropshire Lad, and I too remember these blue remembered hills, although right now they’re purple. Ablaze with heather. Sometimes literally. 

Childhood holidays based in Church Stretton were spent exploring the area. After a tough climb, The Long Mynd yields a satisfying long plateau, while to the west the rugged rocky ridges of The Stiperstones offer an altogether more vertiginous adventure. Down in the valley we dammed the stream of Carding Mill Valley with pebbles, probably to the annoyance of The National Trust!

I’m sorely tempted to book a room at Bridges, its an old-school hostel with dorm rooms and friendly communal areas, and spend a weekend re-exploring “Yon far country.”



YHA Bridges

January 27th 2017

Bridges Long Mynd Youth Hostel is a privately owned historic hostel near to an exceptional pub

Just around the Corner from YHA Bridges, a privately owned Youth Hostel, is the Bridges Pub.  The snug bar at The Bridges Pub is a good place to relax over a pint.  The beers come from the Three Tuns Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Britain.


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Active Adventures in the Shropshire ‘Black Hole’

November 10th 2020

A weekend of fell running and walking in Shropshire and one of discoveries: Bridges Youth Hostel in Ratlinghope was a great place to stay, cosy and warm, with power showers, hearty vegan/vegetarian breakfasts, lots of advice on the best routes and a lovely pub a stone’s throw away. Shropshire exceeded all expectations, with stunning views, deserted routes and the wonderful sound of silence. I will be back!

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