Kirkby Stephen Hostel, Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QQ

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Self catering former youth hostel in Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen Hostel, is a former YHA hostel converted from a Methodist Church and has been independent since 2010. The old chapel has a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass windows, arches, oak panels and stone covings. The chapel houses a large dining room and kitchen, with a lounge/reading room in the gallery. The bedrooms and dormitories are in a building at the rear and are mostly en suite. There is WiFi and a drying room. Kirkby Stephen is a pleasant market town in the upper Eden valley, situated 15 miles from Kendal, 15 miles from Hawes. It is on Wainwright's Coast to Coast path and the W2W (Walney to Wear) cycle path. It also enjoys easy access to the Lady Ann Clifford Walk, the Pennine Journey, the Howgill Hills, the Dales National Park and the Lake District. Paragliding is also available. The hostel makes an ideal base for geography field trips in the surrounding area. Standing prominently on the main street of Kirkby Stephen there is a range of restaurants, cafés, pubs, take-aways (including fish and chips) and food shops on the doorstep.

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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement


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Celebrate New Years with us

November 2nd 2023

Kirkby Stephen Hostel would love to host your group over the festive period!

Whether its for a canoeing trip or a family gathering we would love to host you. We have 39 beds, self catering facilites and we’re in the heart of the beautiful market town of Kirkby Stephen. The town has lots of great pubs and lovely walks in the area with close access to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

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Wainwright Weekender

September 26th 2023

Wainwright Workshop weekend hosted by Chris Butterfield 27th – 29th Jan 2024. Book a place on this fully catered weekend to find out more about Alfred Wainwright’s history. Learn facts about the Coast to Coast. Check out rare memorabilia and footage. Ending the weekend with a Wainwright-related walk around Kirkby Stephen and a chance to win a Wainwright-related giveaway.

A lifelong love of the outdoors and admiration for Alfred Wainwright inspired Yorkshire-born engineer Chris Butterfield to build an archive honouring the world-famous fell wanderer and safeguarding his legacy. Assisted by his wife, Priscilla, Chris has amassed an extensive private collection of Wainwright material and created a popular Facebook group, Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia, and a website, Chris has published numerous articles about Wainwright and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the life, work and achievements of the late, great fellwanderer.

At Kirkby Stephen Hostel, Chris details the publishing and printing history of Alfred Wainwright. He not only reveals interesting facts about the Coast to Coast Walk but also Wainwright’s follow-up to his world-famous trail that was never completed. As well as revealing some rare pieces of memorabilia (with plans for an exhibition in 2024), Chris will show some old Wainwright footage that few have seen.
Chris talks about his new book – Wainwright Memories, which chronicles three little-known stories involving Alfred Wainwright that took place over three consecutive years, 1988-90. The stories are based on reminiscences by Wainwright’s former publisher, Andrew Nichol and include illustrative maps by Pictorial Guide reviser Chris Jesty.

Chris Butterfield takes Andrew Nichol on a journey to revisit several locations featured in each story. Andrew reminisces about Wainwright, and they recreate many photographs taken over 30 years earlier.

There will be a question-and-answer section and a Wainwright-related giveaway.

Chris also invites you to join him on a Wainwright-related walk around Kirkby Stephen.

The price for the weekend is £120 included meals and a comfortable bed.

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Kirkby Stephen Walking Holiday

October 19th 2016

Surrounded by excellent hiking country, the small market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Upper Eden Valley made the perfect base for a five-night hill-walking break.

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