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YHA Wye Valley, formerly Welsh Bicknor, set in 25 acres on the banks of the River Wye, is great for activity breaks or school trips, it even has it's own canoe landing station! Located in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, close to Symonds Yat Rock, there's a course on site for orienteering holidays and there are miles of footpaths to explore for walking holidays and trails for cyclists of all levels - perfect for cheap family activity breaks.

The Hostel

Both dorms and private rooms are available at this Youth Hostel, along with lounge and dining areas. There are two lounge areas for our guests to relax in and a dining room.

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 are four tents available at YHA Wye Valley. YHA Wye Valley's bell tents are available to book throughout the year for stays between the end of April and the end of September.


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.

The campsite is a spacious field on the edge of the Youth Hostel grounds in close proximity to the River Wye and the on-site canoe launch - perfect for a watersports holiday! For guests with smaller children, or if you wish to be closer to the facilities, there is an additional camping field situated directly below the main building. The campsite is a great location for both organised groups and family holidays. It is a perfect stopover for canoeing the Wye or as a base for a canoeing break. YHA Wye Valley has a restaurant and also hosts BBQ nights. On site activities include archery and family fun nights.

A water supply is provided on the camp site as well as a designated fire pit/barbecue area for campers' use and picnic tables.

There is 24 hour access to toilets and showers. The separate male and female WC blocks are located in the main courtyard.

Campers are welcome to use the self-catering kitchen and seating area during open hours and there is a sink for washing up in the courtyard.

Campers are welcome to use the main hostel lounge facilities.

During periods of dry weather, you can drive your car down to the camping field and park next to your tent. However, when the ground is wet access to the campsite may be more difficult and so there is a car park approximately five minutes' walk away.

Check In
All campers must check in before 10.30pm and check out by 10am. Later departure is available by prior arrangement, please contact YHA Wye Valley directly for details.

Please note that during sole use of YHA Wye Valley by school groups, the campsite is not available for use except for other school/educational groups. Advance booking is advised.

Important Information
No ground level fires or non-raised barbecues are permitted anywhere else on the campsite other than the designated fire pit, due to health and safety reasons.

Guests are responsible for the provision of firewood. Firewood is available to buy from reception. It is not permitted to use wood from nearby trees or woodland as these are on private grounds

Campers are not permitted to bring their own alcohol on site but there is a bar in the main Youth Hostel which they are welcome to use.

There is a tight hairpin bend on the main driveway and so cars towing trailers may need to detach the trailer to go round the bend.

The access to the site is not suitable for any vehicle larger than a small minibus. It is therefore not recommended for camper vans.

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.


Join us for a delicious breakfast to start your day - served from 7:30 until 9am. Our buffet includes hot options like beans, bacon and eggs, along with cereals, fresh fruit and as much toast as you can handle. 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

Hearty meals are served in our licensed restaurant. 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. We usually serve at around 7pm, but we're flexible if you need to eat earlier (just ask). Our hostel does deliciously fun theme nights, so look out for Pasta Friday, BBQ Saturday and Curry Sunday. We're open to the public so feel free to pop in and join us for a meal.

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.


YHA Wye Valley is licensed, so relax with a glass of wine or a pint during Supper Club as you recharge from your day.

Self-Catering Facilities

Want to cook up a storm? Our self-catering kitchen is very well-equipped and has three fridges with little freezer compartments in each, two ovens, two microwaves, two kettles and two toasters. You'll find plenty of pots, pans and crockery to serve up on too. The kitchen is separate from the main hostel building and has a good sized dining space for guests to use.

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