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Situated on the southern slopes of Swaledale, YHA Grinton Lodge is surrounded by stunning scenery and exceptional views of the Yorkshire Dales.

For walking holidays there are lots of routes throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park for varying abilities and for anyone doing the Coast to Coast walk, YHA Grinton Lodge makes for a well-deserved stop-off point. If you’re on your mountain bike, set off from the Youth Hostel and choose a path to suit you.

The Youth Hostel is just a 10 minute walk from the village of Grinton which has a cosy pub and a small church. If you’re exploring by car or bus, the larger historic market town of Richmond is 10 miles away. Richmond Castle is a must-visit tourist attraction and there’s a cinema, art gallery and heritage centre to keep you entertained.

The Hostel

Refurbished to a high specification in 2012, the beautiful building also boasts a gorgeous honeymoon suite complete with a free standing roll top bath on the top floor – a great place to stay for couples or if you enjoy your privacy.

We have a spacious lounge and TV room, both of which are perfect for relaxing with their comfortable seating. Cosy up in front of a roaring fire during the winter month.

For school groups, the south range of the lodge, a former stable block, is made up of classroom facilities. There are also plenty of activities to take part in on the extensive hostel grounds.

There is space for 81 people in total.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

Grinton Lodge's camping area is in a fantastic location with gorgeous views over Swaledale and the village of Reeth. The campsite itself is large with space for up to eight pitches and is suitable for organised group holidays as well as family breaks.

The showers and toilets are 250 metres from the campsite with 24 hour access available to campers.
Campers also have use of the self-catering kitchen in the Youth Hostel from 6.30am until 11.30pm.
There are no barbecue facilities but guests are welcome to bring their own.

The car park is about 250 metres from the camp site.

Check In
Check in is from 5.00pm and check out is by 10.00am.

Opening Times
The campsite at Grinton lodge is open when the Youth Hostel is open.

Important Information
Small campfires are allowed and must be supervised at all times.

To book your pitch, click the Book Now button above.

Camping Pods

For something a bit different, why not try YHA’s camping pods? There are five of them in the grounds of YHA Grinton Lodge. If you like camping but can’t stand the wind, rain and cold, then these heated wooden cabins are the perfect alternative. Great for family breaks, our Standard Pod sleeps three (on 3 futon beds) and our Large Pod sleeps four/five (on a double futon and 2 single beds). There is a communal BBQ for guests to use and each pod has individual decking for you to bring your own disposable BBQ. Bring all your usual camping gear - apart from bedding as it's already included!


A hot and cold buffet breakfast is served to give you the best start to your day. Breakfast features cold items like cereal and croissants as well as hot items like bacon, sausage and eggs. 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.


Delicious daily specials are available in our restaurant.

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.


YHA Grinton lodge has an alcohol license so you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer. A selection of hot and cold drinks is also available.

Self-Catering Facilities

There is plenty of space for preparing dinner in our well-equipped self-catering kitchen. There is plenty of crockery and cutlery plus all the pots and pans you need to create a delicious meal for the whole family (or the whole hostel if you fancy it!). We also have cookers, fridges, kettles and toasters.

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