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YHA Wye Valley


Near Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6JJ


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Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm

About YHA Wye Valley

Recommended by Rough Guides in its 2012 round-up of great places to visit, YHA Wye Valley is a brilliant place to visit for an active, outdoor education-led school trip. Set in the Centre of 25 acres of land on the banks of the River Wye, this hostel is primed for activity breaks - it even has its own canoe landing station!

Wye Valley sits at the very heart of the Royal Forest of Dean and is close to Symonds Yat Rock. Incorporating these features is an on-site orienteering course that explores miles of footpaths, fields and forests. It also makes it a great place for mountain biking excursions.

The river Wye is famous for its 100 miles of canoe able river. And there are plenty more activities on offer with Rock Climbing, Caving, High & Low ropes courses and many forest attractions.

There's even chance for a crossover school trip for history students too, as the stunning Goodrich Castle offers the opportunity to learn more about the English Civil War.


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YHA Wye Valley has been awarded the Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

PE & Outdoor Education

YHA Wye Valley is a fantastic setting for your P.E. Adventure school trip. Set in 25 acres of land and on the banks of the river Wye the adventure begins from the moment you step off the coach with a short walk across the river (by bridge) to reach the hostel.

Our P.E. Adventure package is tailored to meet your requirements during your stay and with a vast range of team challenge activities, local walks and bush craft activities on offer a memorable trip is guaranteed.

An example of some of our activities is below:

Electric Bridge: There are two bridges, which will take about 16 people. The idea is to take a plank and take it to the bridge. You must match the 3 wires on the plank with those on the bridge. If a plank doesn’t fit then you return to your team and the next person takes a plank and does the same. Teams can help each other out by remembering which coloured wires are where. The first team to build their bridge wins and then teams swap over. This can also be timed.

Tyre Challenge: three poles are set in the ground with tyres of varying size on them. As a group they have to solve the problem of getting tyres from the first pole to the third pole leaving them in the same position they started at. A small tyre can go on top of a larger one but not vice versa. The teams have to use their teambuilding skills to solve the problem.

Spiders Web: The object is to get all the members of a team from one side to the other. Each hole in the web can only be used once. After a hole has been used a peg is placed to stop another person using it. Teamwork is needed to decide who will be passed through which hole to achieve the task. The group needs to work out that at least one bottom hole needs to be left for the last person to get through.

Night Line: The idea is for the group to be blindfolded and follow a rope line through the woods. Various obstacles are placed in their path to make it more difficult. The team need to communicate with the other members to alert them of the obstacles.

Toxic Disposal: A challenge that tests all of the senses and a team’s ability to communicate well. Good for teenagers or older primary children. A hook is attached to 4 pieces of rope that are fed through 4 posts in a square. In teams they must guide the hook to pick up the toxic waste and place it in the safe zone in the centre of the square. Added difficulty can be sought by facing the opposite way, not using verbal communication and having other people communicate for you.

Save the Ducks: the ducks have fallen in to a muddy swamp and need saving… your challenge is to use the planks provided to get across the swamp and pick up as many ducks as you can. Your team must all cross safely too without falling in. This activity can be timed to create competition.

  • Subjects: PE, Outdoor Education
  • Levels: KS2, KS4
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Village Study – KS2
This Contrasting Localities package helps pupils discover how the physical world relates to a map, and explores the link between geology, landscape and settlement. Including an investigation of the village of Goodrich - who lives there and why – and the impact of historical events and modern tourism on the area.

River Study – KS2 & KS3
Pupils undertake a hands-on geographical investigation of a stream in the Forest of Dean, enhancing their understanding of key river processes, such as erosion, transportation and deposition, and developing fieldwork skills and use of appropriate vocabulary. (Please note: an additional charge may apply for transport costs)


  • Subjects: Geography, Breadth of Study
  • Levels: KS2, KS3
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Bush craft for Beginners – KS2
A programme of outdoor challenges and problem-solving exercises aimed at developing confidence and teamwork skills. Range of activities can include den building, outdoor cookery, tool skills, fire-lighting, orienteering/navigation skills.

Woodland Detective - KS2
A programme offering a wide selection of activities aimed at encouraging discovery about the ecology of the local habitat. Range of activities can include: animal detectives, woodland plants and trees, comparison of habitats, plant studies, seeds and seed dispersal, animal and plant identification, collection methods, food chains, seasonal variation, nature recycles. All programmes will include appropriate data collection techniques.


  • Subjects: Science, PSHE & Citizenship, Physical Education,
  • Levels: KS2
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Action Adventure

In association with Mendip outdoor Pursuits (The South West’s largest activity provider), we are delighted to offer a range of unique and exhilarating adventure activities on land, water and rock.

All prices are based on full board accommodation and are inclusive of transport from the hostel to the activity locations.

Package Details
The new Action Adventure package consists of a half day of team development around the hostel on the day of arrival, one full day of activities (usually split into two half day sessions), and a half day of adventurous activities on the day of departure with one additional full day of activities on a three night stay and two additional days on a four night stay.

On Rock
Activities include abseiling, climbing and caving.

On Water
Activities include kayaking and canoeing.

On Land
Mendip Outdoor Pursuits also provide a range of on land activities designed to challenge students, help them develop new skills and foster improved team work.

Activities include bushcraft, Initiative Exercises, Hill Walking, Navigation, Orienteering, Search and Rescue, Team Development, Survival (like bush craft with a survival emphasis).

On Target
Activities include archery.

Our Action Adventure residential trip can be tailored to your school's requirements and length of stay.

These descriptions are for guidance only. Once a booking has been confirmed, Mendip Outdoors will contact the school or group leader regarding activity choices and suitability.

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Let's Get Cooking

Our fantastic new Let’s Get Cooking package at YHA Wye Valley is the perfect mix of activities; combining lifelong skill development, hands on experiences and outdoor learning all wrapped up in one package.

Everyone knows the importance of developing lifelong skills, and the importance that a good understanding of food hygiene and the knowledge and confidence to prepare nutritious and healthy food can have on young people. That’s why we have been working with the Children’s Food Trust to develop a range of cooking activities at our hostels, combine this with a farm visit, and a sprinkle of outdoor activities and you have the makings of an awesome residential experience.

This two day package includes sessions on basic food hygiene as well as opportunities for the children to prepare food for their packed lunches and evening meals (for example homemade pizza or meatballs) and maybe even a little treat to take home, with all recipes and nutritional information available from the Children’s Food Trust. A visit on the day of arrival to Humble by Nature*, a farming experience owned by BBC Presenter Katie Humble, for an afternoon of activities including a farm tour and educational sessions that could include workshops on food waste and composting, making butter, grinding wheat or even feeding lambs, if you visit in the spring.

Also included within the package are sessions on fire lighting and outdoor cooking, a range of team development and team games that build on the importance of a heathy and active lifestyle, and an archery challenge as your students take on the task of honing their skills to collect all the ingredients they need to make their evening meal.

This new cross curricular package covers a range of the new National Curriculum including:

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- Gain an understanding and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet
- Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savory dishes using a range of cooking techniques.
- Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

PE Outdoors
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team

- Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function

Looking for more than a two night stay? Why not mix and match and add a day or two of activities from our other great packages.

*The overall package cost includes the entrance for the group into Humble by Nature, but does not include transport to the location. We recommend that school groups visit the site (approx. 10 miles) on the day of arrival before you reach the hostel, and therefore make the most of your hired transport. A member of YHA staff will be available to greet your school at the farm.

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Bolt on Activities

At YHA we like to cater for all the needs and requirements of the schools and groups that stay with us on a residential experience and that’s why we can offer a range of Bolt On activities designed to entertain and engage, with each of these sessions lasting around 90 minutes. Our Bolt On activities are great for school groups that are staying on a self-led residential experience, but are looking for some extra activities for their groups. These activities also make a great addition as an evening activity, helping you to keep your group occupied from dawn to dusk. Our trained staff can lead your group through a range of activities that will enrich your residential experience.

Bolt On Activities available at YHA ST Briavels

Let’s Get Cooking: Instead of your usual evening meal – why not sign up for a Pizza making course, participants will create their own pizza from scratch which is then cooked by YHA staff, allowing your group a chance to relax before enjoying the fruits of their labour.

The Great Egg Drop: This is a great activity perfect for evenings; in groups of around five you are given a list of equipment (each with a point’s value). The object is to stop the egg from breaking when it is thrown from the castles balcony. Teams can use anything from the list but the winning group is the team who completes the challenge using the lowest points. Archery: G.N.A.S Archery instructor will give full instruction and a demonstration to participants before each member of the group takes it in turn to have a go at hitting the Gold (or at least the target)!

Bush craft: Three activities to choose from or add together for a longer session.

Fire building: Learn what the component parts are of a fire and then how to make one. Students are supervised throughout and learn how to find the right materials and build their fire, which can include camp songs and marshmellow toasting to finish with.

strong>Outdoor Cooking: progressing from fire making is a session designed to experience cooking on an open fire. Taste cooked vegetables and other delicacies that students may not have regular contact with or bake bread, scones or jacket potatoes as they discover a whole new side to cooking.

Shelter Making: explore the woods and find materials that you can use to build your own shelter. What is the importance of having shelter? Discover what luxuries you can afford or fit into your shelter.

Games Master: Choose from the list of team challenges available to make up an hour and a half of fun, challenging activities that will help to build various components of teamwork.

Walk/ Hike/ Orienteering: Discover the local area with one of our estate walks. The chance to see Deer, Pheasants and birds of prey await whilst the views can be spectacular across the Herefordshire flood plains. Longer walks can be arranged in advance.

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Access Statement

At YHA Wye Valley we strive to cater for everybody. Unfortunately none of our bedrooms or washrooms is accessible to modern standards.

We have:

  • Steps up and down to access buildings
  • Ground floor rooms
  • En-suite rooms

For more information please download the full access statement here (56KB)

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Map & Directions

How To Get Here

From the A40 from Ross on Wye to Monmouth, turn left signposted Goodrich. In Goodrich village, turn left opposite Jolly's stores. Follow the road for appx 1.5 miles and when road splits, take the right hand track. The track is narrow and steep with hairpin bend, not suitable for larger vehicles and coaches.

Longitude: -2.594785
Latitude: 51.856629
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