You may have heard that the YHA are closing camping barns and some simple hostels at the end of February 2017. However the good news is that many of these are privately owned camping barns and hostels and will remain open and welcoming guests as independent establishments.
In recent years the Youth Hostel Association have changed their century old charitable aim “To help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside” by adding the amendment “and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities”. This reflects the sale of many of the Youth Hostel Associations small rural hostels and their investment in large hostels in the cities.
Not to be deterred by the YHA’s latest shedding of their smallest and most rural accommodation, the farmers and charities who own these basic hostels and camping barns have made the decision to continue welcoming guests under the umbrella of the Independent Hostels network. The Independent Hostels network is now more extensive than the YHA, with 360 hostels and bunkhouses in England, Wales and Scotland. We will be working hard to let the public know that these camping barns and simple hostels are still open and will be welcoming guests far into the future. A full list of the YHA camping barns open and in the Independent Hostels network can be seen here: YHA Camping Barns
Included in this list is the Elenydd Hostels, Tyn Cornel and Dolgoch, both of which are remaining open. These were originally owned by the YHA and rescued form closure by a Trust set up to preserve these much loved simple hostels. Puttenham Camping Barn is a also remaining open. It was similarly set up by a local Trust wishing to provide economical access to the glorious Surrey countryside. The farm barns: Northcombe Camping Barns, Edale Camping Barn, Alstonefield Camping Barn and Taddington Camping Barn are all continuing to remain open and welcoming guests. Only Taddingon is considering its future, beyond 2017, in the light of their abandonment by the YHA . A full list of the barns and Ex-YHA hostels remaining open and in the Independent Hostels network can be seen here.
If you enjoy using simple rural accommodation and would like to see these camping barns flourish outside of the YHA, please spread the news that they remain open. Look out for our posts on social media and share them with your friends. If you post on outdoor sites or have a website of your own, please add the link below wherever you can, to help Google find these barns after the end of February. https://independenthostels.co.uk/ex-yha-camping-barns
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