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Take to two wheels, relax on a beach or try a spot of badger watching at YHA Minehead. A country retreat in an attractive house high in Somerset’s Exmoor hills, perfect for a weekend break or family get-together. Enchantingly situated in a woodland hideaway, YHA Minehead has bags of charm. Could fairies live at the bottom of the garden? With grounds as magical as this, we wouldn’t put it past them.

Not only is Minehead a picturesque seaside resort with a cracking sandy beach, it’s also the northern gateway to the National Park, the area’s largest town and the start point of the South West Coast Path (SWCP) – the nation’s longest long-distance walking trail. For activity breaks, the nearby tracks are great for mountain biking and cycling holidays, while walkers can enjoy the South West Coast Path. Don’t miss the medieval village of Dunster - a lovely short walk away.

As National Park’s go, Exmoor is one of the most peaceful. A wander around its heather-clad moorlands, along its dramatic coastline or around its sheltered bays promises the ultimate distraction from life’s day-to-day woes. You could even try our hand-drawn favourite walk - right from the hostel doorstep!

The Hostel

This 35 bed Youth Hostel has a selection of dorm beds and private rooms. There is a lounge with comfortable seating for guests to relax and a dining room where you can enjoy some delicious food.

Bell Tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four/five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring.

There is one tent available at YHA Minehead and bell tent guests will have full use of the hostel's facilities. YHA Minehead's bell tent is available to book throughout the year for stays between Easter and the end of September.

Click on the Book Now button to book your stay.

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.


YHA Minehead offers a hot and cold buffet breakfast to give you a great start to the day. 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

Just two miles from sandy beaches, eat in this licensed hostel and you might be rewarded with deer or badger sightings in the garden. This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a three course meal served at 7pm (but we're flexible here) 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! You can even pop in and join us if you're passing by.

Kids Eat Free

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


Hang out in our libar and relax with a drink after your day in the countryside - we have lovely woodland views and some rather gorgeous striped pine floorboards.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our facilities are small but functional! We have one cooker, a microwave, two kettles, two fridges and a freezer, plus lots of pots, pans and kitchen utensils for our guests to prepare meals and snacks.

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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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