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A grand old country house on the southern flanks of Kinder Scout, YHA Edale is one of the highest residences in the Peak District and has a view to match. Our back garden is open access moorland! With the Great Ridge between Lose Hill and Mam Tor to the south and the Dark Peak moorland of the Kinder plateau to the north, not only is YHA Edale surrounded by stunning scenery but this area has a firm place in history - this open-access land was literally fought for. There are numerous footpaths into the hills, dales and moors and it is located in the very centre of the famous network of Dark Peak mountain bike cross country trails. 

We offer fully inclusive packages for groups, weekend courses for individuals and families, and one-off activity sessions for young people and/or families during the school holidays. We are a long established Activity Centre and can provide challenging yet accessible outdoor experiences such as abseiling, caving, canoeing, archery, high ropes course and much more for any guest. With an fantastic facilities, knowledgeable staff and proximity to peerless natural wonders, Edale is best placed to offer incredible adventures in the great outdoors.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

There are three separate buildings and a multitude of different sized rooms in this 157 bed Youth Hostel to cater for the needs of groups, families and individuals alike, and there are classrooms and a drying room too. All of our rooms, including both private rooms and dormitories, contain bunk beds. Our two bed rooms are small in size are not en-suite. Most of the Youth Hostel has been recently refurbished to ensure a comfortable stay whatever the weather.

YHA Edale at a glance:

  • £250,000 renovation
  • Refreshed bedrooms, including new carpets, curtains and decor
  • Modern, spacious reception and lounge areas with new lighting, furniture and artwork
  • Upgraded washrooms
  • Reconfigured layout of social spaces in order to better accommodate groups.

Advanced booking is essential. Activity courses are run throughout the year, but because of popularity, must be booked in advance. Learn the ropes or improve your skills with a weekend course in climbing, caving, canoeing, kayaking and more. Too much to choose from? Try a multi-activity weekend and give a few things a go.


A full English breakfast and a continental buffet is served between 7.30 and 9.00am. This will set you up nicely for the day ahead - especially if you're indulging in some of our hostel-led activities or planning to scale Kinder Scout! Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring.


YHA Edale provides an extensive and varying menu, particularly so at the weekends with delicious home-cooked daily specials. Evening meals are served between 5.30 and 8.00pm.

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is avaialable per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


A well stocked bar is on offer as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks which are available all day.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our well-equipped self-catering kitchen has 12 gas hobs, two combi ovens (grill/oven/microwave), two fridges, a freezer and seating for up to 12 people.


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Hope Valley
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Post Code
Hope Valley, Derbyshire

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The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 Boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles that require scrambling with your hands. Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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