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August Bank Holiday availability at friendly family run hostel in Ilfracombe

If you fancy walking part of the South West Coastal Path, cycling Coast to Coast, surfing at some of the UK best surfing beaches or simply relaxing in the picturesque harbour, Ilfracombe, situated in an AONB, is the ideal spot to base yourself. What’s more Ocean Backpackers is an independent hostel offering quality, comfortable, budget accommodation, with a mixture of dorm rooms and private rooms with en suite facilities. Suitable suitable for solo travellers, families or groups. Don’t miss out on August Bank Holiday fun, come to Ocean Backpackers and finish your summer off on a high.

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Ilffracombe harbour

Stay in a Gold Green Tourism Award hostel!

Comrie Croft has been a long term eco hostel.  In their own words, “All of our power and heat is generated onsite from renewable sources (wood for the heating, solar for the electricity), and at least 93% of our “waste” is reused or recycled, we have achieved a gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and are members of the world’s leading eco tourism businesses as part of the Long Run Initiative.”

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Comrie Croft - VisitScotland Quality Assured - Best Price Guarantee - Eco Hostel

School groups love staying at Cwtsh Hostel in Swansea

L6th students from Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire stopped off in Swansea for a Geography field trip.
The fantastic group of 41 students and 4 teachers stayed with us at Cwtsh Hostel for two nights and made it their base while exploring Swansea and the surrounding areas. With glowing feedback we look forward to returning trips for many years to come! In addition to the Swansea city centre, their geography trip included visits to Porthcawl, Port Talbot, the Mumbles, Oxwich Bay, the Brecon Beacons, Llangynidr and Ebbw Vale to study a mixture of human and physical geography topics.

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A lareg school group outside the main door of Cwtsh Hostel

Peaceful Trails on the Western Fells. No Compromise!

If you want to avoid the crowds this summer, but not compromise on climbing the high fells, Ennerdale is the place to be. The Wild Wool Barn has direct access to classic routes on Pillar, Great Gable, Haystacks, Red Pike and the whole Ennerdale Horseshoe all from the door. Even at the height of summer you can walk for miles without meeting a soul.

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Choose to be different

Why go where everybody else does, have a sense of adventure and leave the crowds and queues behind. The North Pennines AONB has plenty of offer, expect for overcrowding and endless lines of waiting to be served or even to get entry. The are vast open areas of moorland, fells and beautiful valleys of all descriptions to explore. It is not described as England’s last wilderness for no reason.

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Welcome to a Highland paradise

Great Glen Hostel has it all. If you love mountains, like bagging Munros, enjoy walking, cycling or paddling, relish being immersed in stunning Highland scenery or visiting historical sites ……………..Then a few days at the Great Glen Hostel in South Laggan will feel like paradise.

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View from the picnic tables

Last minute availability in the Tweed Valley Forest Park , (25 miles south of Edinburgh).

Calling all cyclists and walkers! Gather a group of friends (up to 12) and snap these hard-to-come-by summer dates at Cleikum Mill Lodge. Exclusive availability from Sat 25th June to Fri 1st July or Thurs 14th July to Tues 19th. With the 7stanes mountain bike trail centre, NCN route 1 and the Southern Upland Way on the doorstep and locked bike storage and bike wash at the Mill you are sure of an action packed holiday. Pubs ,cafes, restaurants ,shops a minutes walk away.

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School Groups Will Love Boundless Outdoors

It has everything a perfect school residential needs. A secluded location with lots of outdoor space, 9 dorms sleeping 72 plus 3 teachers’ rooms, a huge hall that seats 100 and lots of small break out rooms. On top of this a whole range of outdoor activities can be organised on site. Finally all this is just 5 mins off the M5, just 30 mins south west of Birmingham.

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Darsham has so much to offer

The village of Darsham in Suffolk is right on the doorstep of beautiful countryside, nature reserves and not too far from the county’s stunning coastline. Suffolk is a very underappreciated part of the country, despite it being no less beautiful and easy to get swept up in its peace and tranquillity.

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westleton Common

Looking for somewhere wild?

Froach Lodge sits on the doorstep of the Cairngorms National Park where you can immerse yourself in the natural world and all that this stunning Scottish landscape has to offer.

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Red Squirrel eating

Is The Snowdonia Way on your To Do List yet?

If the answer is No – Why not???
If there is only one route you can add to your list for this year, it has to be The Snowdonia Way! Whether you choose to follow the mountain route or the less strenuous but as enjoyable valley route, it’s a must-do for anyone who loves to walk.

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Wild and Woolly in Ennerdale

As well as being a comfortable and cosy hostel, The Wild Wool Barn is also has a creative streak. Upstairs in the Wild Wool Workshop your host Susan Spins and weaves rugs and accessories and teaches the ancient crafts of spinning and weaving with Herdwick wool, so if you fancy a holiday with a “twist” check out the Workshops and plan for a rainy day.

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Luxury hostel style accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

Dales Lodge, near Ingelton, is a brand new build with a ski chalet type feel. It combines 5* hotel quality with the flexibility and friendliness of a traditional communal hostel. Book a bed a small dorms, book a private 4-bed or double (en suite) room or book the whole place (sleeping 28) for a family gathering or group of friends.

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Lodge with mountain behind

Great value accommodation in a fabulous outdoor playground

Gulabin Lodge, in Glenshee in the Southern Cairngorms is the perfect combination of great value accommodation and a fabulous outdoor playground to suit all ages and abilities. Snowboarding and Skiing in winter, climbing, mountain biking and water activities like canoeing and coastering vailable all year around. Or you can simply visit to enjoy the lovely setting as a retreat in the Southern Cairngorms.

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View of the mountains in the Southern Cairngorms

Superb flexible accessible accommodation at remote Welsh hostel

Every effort has been made by the Elan Valley Trust to ensure that their Cwm Clyd Bunkhouse situated deep in the remote Elan Valley Dark Sky Park is accessible to all. The bunkhouse is split into three buildings: The Longhouse (sleeping 14) and The Carthouse (sleeping 6) and the Main Building which houses all the communal facilities. Just off the Main Building there’s an accessible room with en suite wet room and single bed. The Longhouse and The Carthouse can be booked separately or together and the accessible room can be added to either booking.

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One long stone bunkhouse building with hills behind

Just the ticket for large groups. Superb hostel in the Yorkshire Dales

If you are looking warm, comfortable & affordable accommodation for groups of up to 40………look no further than Low Mill Outdoor Centre in Wensleydale. Situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Askrigg with with good access to many walks, rivers, climbs and caves, you won’t be short of things to do. The Pennine Way and Lady Anne’s Way are within a few miles.

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View across field to centre and hills beyond

Bring your group to Ashbourne this August

Ashbourne Gateway Centre has places for sole use by small groups who want to explore the Peak District this August. Just north of Ashbourne are the dramatic Dovedale and Manifold valleys. There are many attractions nearby including Alton Towers, the Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth House and Carsington Water (water sports and ornithology). We are adjacent to the start of the Tissington Trail which provides car free walking and cycling through open countryside. Ice cream shops are nearby!

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The gentle wilderness of Outstanding Nature Beauty in south Northumberland

An area that is often missed by many the south of Northumberland within the North Pennines AONB has much to offer away from the crowded places. You can explore at your own speed, sometimes without seeing fellow explorers all day. We have walks and runs from the door, a long-distance path, museums, and vast open countryside., with Hadrian’s Wall is only a short distance away

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A Busy Summer at Bron-y-Gader

We are almost fully booked in August and all weekends from end of July through to end of October are booked. There are a couple of weeks and weekends available in July plus mid weeks from September. See our availability calendar on IHUK website.

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Bron-y-Gader Bunkhouse Snowdonia

Just imagine – Breakfast with a view like this for £16 a night

The view (and the low price) are just two of many reasons to stay at The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse near the pretty Lakeland village of Threlkeld. The fact the Coast to Coast cycle route passes the door and you can walk up Blencathra from the garden make it the perfect base for walkers, fell runners and cyclists. Keswick with all its attractions is a short drive down the road. And finally the traditional White Horse Inn just below the bunkhouse serves fantastic home cooked food and local ales. Be sure to book, as it’s very popular.

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The view of mountains from the picnic table