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.


  • Rooms & Beds:

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

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

    £20pp. Group rates.
  • 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:

    Local Walks Long Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the Coast to Coast Walk, the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route, the present or past youth hostel page and the Hostels that welcome stag and hen parties map.


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


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Nine Stands near Kirkby Stephen

September 19th 2018

After great drive though the lovely Yorkshire Dales we cross the border to Kirby Stephen Hostel, a converted church that is now an independent hostel run by the friendly Denise.  The hostel is right in the centre of town so we explored the very friendly local pub that night.   On Sunday we headed off across the fields and up to Nine Stands to see some lovely views.   Another great walk from the town is on the east side of valley past the Quarry, there you will find an railway that has been converted to a cycle / walking route over an aqueduct.  The hostel has a great drying room, ideal as our clothes were wet.  It was also a nice place to relax and socialize with the other guest and Denise was happy for us to  bring in a take away, which was very easy to find in Kirkby Stephen.  We has a full English breakfasts, cooked by the hostel the next morning which set us up for another day in the outdoors. I would recommend Kirkby Stephen hostel as a really chilled out  place to stay.

Nine stands

The centre point of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast

August 20th 2018

There some unusual architecture in this converted chapel on the coast to coast walk. Kirkby Stephen Hostel, at the centre point of this long distance walk, specialises in a warm welcome for walkers. Right in the centre of town on Wainwright’s route there is plenty of choice for eating out and restocking your supplies. You can also eat in using the hostels self catering kitchen and catch up on the stories passing up and down the route.

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Celebrating 10 years

April 2nd 2018

Denise Robinson has now owned Kirkby Stephen Hostel for 10 years this week.

Come and join her for drinks and a look around the Hostel and Kirkby Stephen on Thursday 5th April.

Since acquiring the Hostel, Denise has moved away from the YHA to become Independent and has managed the whole hostel single handedly seeing lots of changes on the way.


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