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This eco-friendly hostel offers purpose-built en suite accommodation next door to the Conkers visitor centre, ideal for cheap family breaks, activity breaks and school trips. The building has been designed to reduce the effect of your stay on the environment, making it a great option for eco holidays. Nearby attractions include the Snibston Discovery Park, Twycross Zoo, the Museum of Brewing at Burton, and birds of prey, archery and laser clay shooting at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

There are great routes in the area for walking holidays and cycling holidays. Or, for something completely different, try Llama trekking! There's plenty to do for cyclists and Just Bikes at Ashby De La Zouch offers bike hire and repairs to hostel guests. We've got plenty of stuff for your bike on-site too. If you're feeling peckish, drop in at our YHA National Forest Café for a cuppa or a snack - it's open to guests and the public too.

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

YHA National Forest is an eco friendly building harvesting rain water for our toilets, the suns rays for our hot water and sustainably sourced local timber for our biomass heating system. The property houses 23 en-suite rooms in a mixture of 3, 4 and 5 bed configurations across two floors. We have three accessible rooms and a conference room.

Learn the story of the National Forest on our murals and enjoy a bite in our restaurant. Our 4-star hostel includes a well-equipped bike shed, ample parking and loads of space to play and sit outside.

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 on our YHA Exclusive Hire website or use our live chat service for more information.


A hot and cold buffet breakfast is served every morning from 7.30 - 9am. 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 National Forest Café

YHA National Forest's café is open every day from 10am - 4pm and serves a selection of hot food, sandwiches and paninis, and cakes as well as hot and cold drinks. Look out for our delicious Cakeaway offer - a slice of cake and a hot drink for just £3 - and we've got tasty gluten-free options available too.

Supper Club

This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a three course meal served at 7pm 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.


Join us in the bar for a drink and relax after your day in the forest! Our bar is open from 10am until 10pm, depending on if we have groups in.

Self-Catering Facilities

If you feel like cooking your own meals, there's plenty to use in our self-catering kitchen. We've got two ovens with two hobs, a microwave, two kettles, two fridges, a freezer, loads of cutlery and all the pots and pans you could want!

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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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