Earby Hostel, 9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire, BB18 6JX

Call Matt on 01282 842349 or 07791 903454


The iconic former Earby Youth Hostel is a cosy historic cottage on the outskirts of the peaceful village of Earby. On the Pennine Way and close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with a picturesque garden, stream and waterfall, it is perfect for individuals, families and small groups. Ideally situated for walkers and cyclists there's a well equipped self-catering kitchen, comfortable lounges with log burning stove, drying room and secure bike storage. The adjoining cottage is also available as a self contained family unit with a double bed and three singles bunks. Meals are available at the hostel with advanced booking, Cooked breakfast £5, porridge/cereal and toast £3.50 and a choice of 3 evening meals. The Pennine Way passes nearby, the Pendle Way passes through Earby and the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes through neighbouring Salterforth. The Pennine Bridleway, the Lancashire Cycleway and the proposed off road Land's End to John O' Groats Walk/Cycle route also run close by. Other areas to explore are Gisburn Forest, great for mountain biking and the Trough of Bowland, lovely hiking and cycling country. The pretty market towns of Skipton known as the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales is only a 10 minute drive and connect to National Rail.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Yorkshire and Lancashire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    26: Hostel 21: 1x2, 2x6, 1x7. Cottage 5: 1xdbl, 1x3
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    £20pp, or £400 for exclusive use of the whole hostel. Adjoining family cottage (sleeps 5) £65.
  • Booking:

    Book via email or phone. Booking portal on the website.
  • Directions:

    Earby is situated on the A56 between Skipton and Colne - the hostel is signposted by brown tourist signs. Turn off the A56 in to Victoria Road (Co-op food store). Continue along Victoria Road to a mini Roundabout. Take the third exit and in a couple of hundred yards take the left fork. Continue along Water Street and over a hump back bridge into Red Lion Street. Continue along this road until you come to the hostel on the left hand side. Parking is available behind the hostel (turn left at the hostel up a lane to the car park). Satnav BB18 6JX
  • Public Transport:

    Bus 280 direct from Skipton to Earby. Skipton rail station (famous for for the Settle/Carlisle line) give access throughout the UK and London is within 3.5 hours.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the walking festivals page, the map of accommodation for school groups, the present or past youth hostel page, the Pennine Way and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term, Christmas and February Half Term.


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
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
4VisitEngland Quality Assured


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News & Offers from Earby Hostel

Earby Hostel Turns Into a Holiday Home For Autumn Staycations

June 19th 2020

Matt is transforming Earby Hostel into a private holiday cottage, ideal for families looking for a safe space to enjoy a short break in the UK.

As the UK went into lockdown, the doors to Earby Hostel closed to our usual guests, but now Matt is excited to transform the hostel into a private-hire holiday cottage throughout the summer holidays.

Earby Hostel is normally packed with keen walkers, ramblers, hikers and cyclists but due to the current social distancing guidelines we won’t be able to operate as a hostel for the next few months. So why not take the opportunity to book a safe, socially-distanced family holiday surrounded by nature, right on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border.

Earby Hostel offers room for up to 8 guests from the same household/bubble across 3 bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen, a large dining room, cosy living room, breakfast room and reading nook, and plenty of showers and toilets. There’s also WiFi! Oh, and a large private car park too.

Outside the hostel is a HUGE PRIVATE WILDLIFE GARDEN with space for picnics, barbecues, games and adventures! Through the gate and you can step right onto the Pennine Way, and we’re within minutes of some of our regions best walks, cycle routes and outdoor attractions.

Matt always goes above and beyond for his guests, and that will be no different as the Hostel becomes a Holiday Home. Matt is happy to arrange for your shopping to be delivered to the hostel, or to provide you with information on the best local take-aways so you don’t have to cook.
If you fancy a bike ride but didn’t bring your own wheels, we have plenty to borrow.

As a local family ourselves, we can tell you all the best places to go whether you fancy a spot of wild swimming, a pram-friendly walk, the best take-away cup of coffee, magnificent views or a challenging bike route.

If you’re looking for more of a chilled getaway then Matt has provided loads of games and books in the hostel and garden. We can order you a BBQ basket from the local farm shop, and we can even arrange to have a cocktail van deliver drinks to you!

All safety measures and precautions will be followed, with the whole building sanitized between each stay, and plenty of cleaning equipment provided. At the moment we are able to offer the holiday home to one family/bubble at a time inline with government guidance.

You can book Earby Hostel turned Holiday Home by getting in touch with Matt on 07791903454.

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Easter Short Breaks for Families

March 6th 2020

Finding a budget-friendly short break for your family can be hard, but we’ve made it easy at Earby Hostel! Family-friendly activities close-by, self-catering accommodation, wildlife garden to explore.

You’ll find Thornton Hall Farm Park just over the hill from the Hostel, Skipton and it’s Castle is just a short drive away, or visit the river at Bolton Abbey.

During your stay you can take advantage of the well appointed self-catering facilities including bathrooms, bedrooms and the cosy lounge. We have a large private car park, plenty of room to store bikes and scooters, laundry facilities and bedding/towels are provided.

Our large wildlife garden is the perfect place for little ones to explore while you read a book, have a BBQ or just enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a busy day.

Book today to enjoy a few days away during the Easter Holidays!


An iconic hostel just off the Pennine Way

February 27th 2020

If you are planning to tackle the Pennine Way, add Earby Hostel to your list of stop-overs.

Bright, newly decorated throughout, warm and cosy, Earby Hostel offers a comfortable night’s sleep for all.  Bedding is provided, breakfast and evening meals can be provided with notice, there is a pub and supermarket nearby.  It is well worth the 1 mile divert from the main route.

Lounge at Earby Hostel

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