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Countryside holidays

Explore our countryside breaks

Looking for a countryside break? With 13 National Parks and 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, England and Wales are lucky to be blessed with some of Europe’s most beautiful countryside. And with breaks from the Peaks to Yorkshire and Brecon Beacons, you can stay at the heart of some of the best rural landscapes with YHA.   

Our historic and unique properties are perfectly positioned in the best locations for a countryside break, where you will meet friendly people and come back to comfy accommodation, practical facilities and tasty food. We'll always make sure you have a visit you remember.   

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6 walking destinations in the UK you must visit

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Three days in the Lake District

Ah, the Lakes. Offering beautiful views and many great things to do, the Lake District National Park is an iconic base for the thousands of visitors each year. A mini-break in the Lakes can be a great destination for your stay-cation whether you’re adventuring or...

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Three days in the Peak District

It can be tricky knowing what to do when you’re holidaying in an unfamiliar place, so we’ve put together a 'three days in the Peak District' itinerary that you can follow which gives some of the possible things to do when...

Places to stay in the countryside

Stay with YHA and discover hidden gems dotted along the English and Welsh countryside.

Absorb wonderful views and explore the rolling fells within easy reach of your doorstep. Our hostels are located close to some of the very rural landscapes in England and Wales, so take your pick and make your countryside break one to remember.

Cornwall coast


With beautiful countryside, rolling hills and thick forests and everything in between, there's nowhere in the world quite like Cornwall.

Places to stay in Cornwall

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With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the iconic Exmoor National Park, Somerset is a walker’s paradise.

Places to stay in Somerset

Devon coast


Devon is the perfect place to get away from it all, with five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor and the rustic villages to explore.

Places to stay in Devon

Dorset beach


Dorset has the best of both worlds; from calming coastline to breath-taking rural landscapes to explore, this place has it all.

Places to stay in Dorset

View of Yorkshire


Explore God’s Own Country, Yorkshire and get lost in the two magical national parks on a walking or cycling holiday with loved ones.

Places to stay in Yorkshire

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Lake District

Comprised of 885 square miles of mountains, woodland, lakes and vast open spaces, the Lake District is the perfect rural escape.

Places to stay in the Lake District

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Peak District

Explore the splendid countryside of Britain's oldest national park, which boasts some of the best walking, climbing and cycling terrain.

Places to stay in the Peak District

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Holiday in England’s most northerly county and discover Hadrian’s Wall or visit the pretty towns of Alnwick and Berwick. 

Places to stay in Northumberland

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Herefordshire is known to be one of the most rural counties in England, and it's clear why, with miles of peaceful countryside and rambling opportunities.

Places to stay in Herefordshire

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With miles of breath-taking countryside, beautiful coastline, great nightlife, and an iconic national park. Wales boasts plenty to see and do on a rural getaway.

Places to stay in Wales

View of Snowdonia


Home to Mount Snowdon, endless rambling trails and over 100 lakes, Snowdonia is the perfect spot for a walking or mountain biking holiday.

Places to stay in Snowdonia

View of Sussex


With miles of beautiful coastline and acres of stunning countryside, there are plenty of things to see and do when visiting Sussex.

Places to stay in Sussex

View of Brecon


Discover the magical Brecon Beacons National Park with a stay with YHA. Including Pen Y Fan, the area boasts great walking and climbing opportunities.

Places to stay in Brecon

View of Dartmoor


Dartmoor National Park is full of appealing geographical features like forests, rivers, wetlands and tors - perfect for a getaway exploring the area.

Places to stay in Dartmoor

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This iconic county is best known for its famous chalk clifftops, its quirky towns and villages and its pretty countryside and coastline.

Places to stay in Kent

Properties to hire in the countryside

Hire the whole property to yourself and explore miles of rolling fells, enchanted woodlands and stunning landscapes close by.

Make sure to capture the beautiful scenery and views in your memory whilst you discover everything these beautiful parts of the UK have to offer. Our hostels are at the heart of it all, so take your pick and make your countryside break one to remember.

Cornwall coast


Whether it’s a remote cliff-top getaway or a rural retreat in the countryside you’re looking for, discover our unique and properties available for your getaway.

Properties to hire in Cornwall

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If you’re looking for the perfect countryside spot with plenty to see and do within the area, discover our perfectly positioned, rural properties.

Properties to hire in Somerset

Devon coast


Take your pick from our properties on rural coastline, as well as in the heart of Dartmoor and rambling countryside. 

Properties to hire in Devon

Dorset beach


If you’re looking for a rural escape with plenty to see and do in the area, take a pick from our well-positioned properties.

Properties to hire in Dorset

View of Wales


Take your pick from a range of unique properties located at the heart of some of the best rural landscapes the country has to offer.

Properties to hire in Wales

View of Sussex


Hire a YHA property in Sussex and have easy access to some of the best countryside landscapes in the area.

Properties to hire in Sussex

View of Dartmoor


Choose from our range of properties in the Dartmoor National Park and discover the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Properties to hire in Dartmoor

View of Kent


Take your pick from our two properties which are perfectly positioned to discover all the great things Kent has to offer.

Properties to hire in Kent