Open all year round!
The tranquil retreat of YHA Bridges has been described as one of the last remaining rural idylls. You can enjoy a traditional hostelling experience at this former village school, set within the wonderfully wild landscape of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. YHA Bridges has, since May 1931, made a lovely base for walkers and cyclists.
The Shropshire Way passes right by the hostel so lace up your boots and explore. You'll find the distinctive quartzite hills of Stiperstones and the Snailbeach mines to the west. Don't miss The Bog visitor centre which is housed in one of the last remaining buildings of a lost lead mining village. Indulge in a slice of their famous 'Bog Bake' cake while you're there! Or go east from the hostel to enjoy the heathland plateau of Long Mynd with its picturesque valleys.
Don't miss our local market towns Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ludlow; they all have their share of book, bicycle and coffee shops! The Bridges is a great location for activity breaks or a gentler bird-watching holiday - the whole area is a nature reserve where birdlife thrives. Come summer time, the air is filled with the song of skylark as well as the distinctive call of the red grouse - which, interestingly, can't be found further south than here. Evening meals are available at YHA Bridges and camping is available if you bring a tent.
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 22.00
17.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 10.00
There is free parking on-site.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Sorry, no credit or debit cards accepted. Please make sure that cheques are made payable to Bridges Youth Hostel not YHA.
Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5 0SP
From Church Stretton: Follow signs for ‘The Burway’ and take right fork at the top of the Long Mynd, then follow YHA signs. This road is treacherous and is impassible in bad weather conditions.
From Shrewsbury: Join the bypass and follow signs for Leominster until Leominster turns off left. At this island take the right turn for Shrewsbury. Go straight ahead at the next small island and take the second exit off the next large island following local signs for the Nuffield Hospital. At the next island turn left into Longden Road passing the hospital on your right, then on through Annscoft, Longden and Pulverbathc. The turning for the Hostel is three miles after Pulverbatch on the left by the sign for The Horseshoes Inn.
From Craven Arms: Follow A49, then take A489 signposted to Bishops castle then follow signs for Wetnor then Ratlinghope, turn right for Ratlinghope Church and The Horseshoes Inn.
Travelling to the hostel over the Burway road in the winter is not advised.
By public transport: Boultons operates 511 bus service on a Tuesday between Bridges and Shrewsbury tel: 01694771226.
By rail: Church Stretton has a charter train service from Shrewsbury.
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