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

Call Denise on 07812 558525


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, with ample lavatories and showers, 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 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 stands prominently on the main street of Kirkby Stephen, with a range of restaurants, cafés, pubs, take-aways (including fish and chips) and food shops on the doorstep.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    38: 1x8, 3x6, 2x4, 1x2, 1x2 en suite.
  • Open:

    All year. Please arrive after 5pm (or ring to arrange arrival).
  • Price per night:

  • Booking:

    Book by phone or email. Booking advised but not essential.
  • Directions:

    In the centre of town on main road. From M6 leave at junction 38 and follow signs towards Appleby.
  • Public Transport:

    One mile from Kirkby Stephen train station on the Leeds-Carlisle line. Regular buses from Penrith, Kendal and Appleby stop outside hostel.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme, the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the walking festivals page, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the Settle to Carlisle railway, the present or past youth hostel page, the Hostels that welcome stag and hen parties map, the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route, the Coast to Coast Walk and the page of hostels with en suite rooms.

It has availability at August Bank Holiday and Autumn Half Term.


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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Latest Blog about Kirkby Stephen Hostel

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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Kirkby Stephen Hostel is open with Good to Go accreditation.

July 3rd 2020

The busy bees at Kirkby have been working hard to ensure the safety of guests at this wonderful hostel. What better place to relax than in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales?

Away from it all Yorkshire has never seemed so peaceful, from the 4th of July you’re welcome to come and take it in yourself. The small town of Kirby Stephen offers a calm atmosphere ideal for absorbing the scenery and for quiet moments of reflection. After the days rambling you’re greeted to an equally serene hostel. Formerly a Methodist church the stunning building remains as beautiful today as it’s ever been. Tastefully furnished with buckets of personality, a perfect spot for that well deserved break. Kirkby Stephen Hostel would like you to rest assured that appropriate measures have been enacted to protect guests in line with government guidelines.

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Dogs are welcome,come visit to see the colours of winter.

September 5th 2019

Kirkby Stephen is a fantastic place to stay with your family and dogs.

Explore our lovely river walks and quiet country lanes. It is a great place for children to be kids again.

Kirkby Stephen Hostel is an ideal base for a family, couple or individual exploring the winter colours of Yorkshire.   All sorts of groups find a great welcome too.  One school books the hostel every year for their geography field trip and this year a couple of French students explore Yorkshire with Kirby Stephen Hostel as their base.  Then there’s Herman and his friends from Holland and a group exploring Yorkshire on mopeds. Great country for cycling,  one group from Edinburgh cycled down for a night and a family stayed over on a Dales cycling holiday.  Quirky Kirby Stephen Hostel, in a grand old chapel with pews, makes everyone welcome.  There are bunks for 38, self catering facilities and plenty of tables and benches.

Bring your group, family, friends or come by yourself  for a great night in at Kirkby Stephen Hostel.


Day three of the Ride to Stride Walking Festival, at Kirkby Stephen

April 25th 2019

This great music and walking festival is based along the Settle to Carlise Railway line with walks and music at a different stations each day.

The Ride to Stride Music and Walking Festival is a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley. The festival is made up of lots of events and activities, each day based along a different length of the railway line.

Kirkby Stephen is the base for the third day (May 2nd), with walks from the station lead by experienced walk leaders and the pubs buzzing with music and song.  Kirkby Stephen Hostel provides walkers accommodation right in the centre of the town, and welcomes individuals and groups alike.

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Kirkby Stephen Youth Hostel

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