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Situated in beautiful upper Wensleydale, the Youth Hostel is just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Hawes, England's highest market town. There are great walking and cycling routes straight from the door and this part of the Yorkshire Dales is particularly rich in waterfalls, including Hawdraw Force, England's largest single drop waterfall. Red squirrels can be seen in their natural habitat on the Red Squirrel trail. In addition to the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, local attractions include the famous Wensleydale Creamery visitor centre, home of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese. Learn more about life in the Dales at the Dales Country Museum with exhibitions, talks and activities all year round. Gayle Mill, the restored 19th century water powered saw mill, has guided tours and workshops. Watch traditional rope making at the Ropemakers. Nearby there are the Wensleydale and the Settle to Carlisle railways, Bolton and Middleham Castle, and the unique Forbidden Corner.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

The Hostel

YHA Hawes has 52 beds in 14 rooms. All rooms have fabulous views over the Yorkshire Dales. The hostel benefits from a garden, drying room and classroom facilities.

The common room is full of comfortable furniture and has maps on display so that you can plan your walks for the next few days from the hostel and is opposite our dining room, where you can relax with your meal.

Room breakdown: 2x2 bed en suites 4x2 two beds 3x3 beds 1x4 bed 2x6 beds 1x7 bed 1x8 bed.

Hire the Whole Place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.


A hot and cold buffet breakfast is available to give you a great start to your day. Breakfast includes cold items like croissants and cereal as well as a full English option with bacon, sausage and all the trimmings. Breakfast is served from 7.30 until 9.00am. 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.

Supper Club

This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a three course meal served at a set time and sold at a set price. Guests in the Youth Hostel will have the opportunity to all sit around the table together and share stories with their fellow travellers - this is the authentic hostelling experience! Relax in our lovely dining room which has fabulous views over Wensleydale. Supper Club is served at 7pm so make sure you get your orders in by 6pm on the day.

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 Hawes is licensed and has a selection of wines, soft drinks and beers, including the local Black Sheep Ales.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our spacious self-catering kitchen has three domestic sized electric ovens with hobs, a microwave, two kettles and two toasters. There is plenty of storage and work surfaces as well as all the pots, pans, crockery and cutlery you could dream of - allowing you to prepare delicious meals with no fuss.

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