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Celebrate National Parks Week with the YHA

With National Parks Week fast approaching, the Met Office has joined up with the YHA to give you the lowdown on a selection of great value accommodation options, each located within a stones throw of some of the UK's National Parks.

National Parks Week runs from 28 July to 3 August and is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the UK's National Parks. There are a whole host of events going on throughout the week, from river dipping in the New Forest, to guided walks across the Yorkshire Dales. More information about these events can be found on the National Parks website.

If you are planning on visiting a National Park, then be sure to check the weather using the Met Office National Parks forecast page. 

For over 80 years, YHA have been providing affordable accommodation across England and Wales, and creating the opportunity for you to get out and explore the windswept coasts, rugged mountains and ancient forests of our incredible national parks. Celebrate National Parks Week with a stay in a remarkable location.

Brecon Beacons - YHA Llanddeausant

YHA - Llanddeausant

One the YHA's most remote hostels, this former 18th Century inn is a beautiful rural retreat in the corner of the Brecon Beacons. It has spectacular views of the Sawdde Valley and trails lead to the legendary Llyn-y-Fan glacial lake, great for walking holidays.

Dartmoor - YHA Dartmoor

YHA - Dartmoor

With this stunning location as your base, you can enjoy a peaceful picnic by the East Dart River or take a walk up Bellever Tor to take in the stunning views. Explore Bellever Forest and discover a wealth of wildlife, including the Dartmoor ponies!

Exmoor - YHA Exford

YHA - Exford

For a weekend away in the lovely Exmoor National Park, try this large Victorian house by the River Exe. There are open hills and wooded valleys to explore if you're on a walking holiday and the Somerset and North Devon coasts are nearby.

Lake District - YHA Ambleside

YHA - Ambleside

Situated right on the shores of Lake Windermere, this newly refurbished property offers unbeatable location, stunning views and state of the art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups looking for a base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.

New Forest - YHA New Forest

YHA - New Forest

Tucked away in a peaceful setting ideal for outdoor activities and close to the seaside, YHA New Forest is perfectly placed to get the most out of the beautiful New Forest.

Northumberland - YHA Byrness

YHA - Byrness

YHA Byrness welcomes you with its cosy, comfortably furnished 5 star accommodation. Ideal for stargazing and exploring the Cheviot Hills, Pennine Way and border or for walking and cycling breaks.

North York Moors - YHA Boggle Hole

YHA - Boggle Hole

Nestled on the beach in an old smuggler's cove, Boggle Hole is the perfect holiday hideaway. This iconic hostel provides a traditional UK coastal holiday 'beside the seaside', so building sandcastles, fossil-hunting and paddling are in!

Peak District - YHA Hartington

YHA - Hartington

Log fires, oak panelling and its own beer and music festival - all make this 17th century manor house perfect for weekend breaks in the Peak District. The hostel is in an unspoilt area - great for activity breaks, walking and cycling.

Pembrokeshire Coast - YHA Poppit Sands

YHA - Poppit Sands

A must for nature lovers, YHA Poppit Sands is set in five acres of stunning grounds, with plenty of room to get lost exploring during your stay. Ideal for a fabulous beach break, horse-riding, cycle hire, boat trips, good fishing spots and bird-watching hideouts are all also available in the local area.

Snowdonia - YHA Pen-Y-Pass

YHA - Pen-Y-Pass

Having recently undergone a restoration project, this much loved and famed location is now a state of the art base in the heart of Snowdonia. Situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon, it's dramatic, breath-taking views of mountainous landscapes are perfect for climbing holidays and budding mountaineers.

South Downs - YHA South Downs

YHA - South Downs

Opened by Her Majesty the Queen last year, YHA South Downs is a refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn buildings in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. The stands in extensive grounds, ideal for exploring by experienced or budding naturalists.

Yorkshire Dales - YHA Grinton Lodge

YHA - Grinton Lodge

Situated on the southern slopes of Swaledale, YHA Grinton Lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery and exceptional views of the Yorkshire Dales. The 19th century former hunting lodge also boasts camping pods in its grounds for getting a little closer to nature! 

About the YHA

YHA is a charity with a clear mission, to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.


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