Social walks

Explore new tracks and trails, led by an experienced leader. Simply browse our events and book your place.

Join a social walk

For people who are interested in walking, YHA’s guided social walks offer a supported and safe space to get involved with walking, meet other walkers and build confidence walking in rural locations.

All you need to do is book your place and look forward to a ramble to remember. What’s more, at selected hostels, you’ll get a free cuppa at the finishing point.

Hostels offering social walks

Take in some of the places that make the local area so special. All our social walks start and finish at a YHA hostel and will be led by an experienced YHA guide. Additional locations and details to be announced soon.

YHA Keswick

Saturday 24th September 2022

Start: 10.15am

Starting from YHA Keswick, this guided social walk allows you to take in the stunning views of Keswick, Derwent Water and the Fells around it. The walk will span approximately 3 miles and will take 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.

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YHA Manorbier

Sunday 25th September 2022

Start: 10.15am

Get involved on National Get Outside Day! This guided social walk will start from YHA Manobier and follow the Pembrokeshire National Park coastline. The walk will span approximately 6 miles and take 4 to 5 hours to complete.

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian's Wall

Saturday 8th October 2022

Start: 10.15am

This guided social walk will start from YHA The Sill at Hadrian's Wall and combines history, nature and film locations in one. The walk will span approximately 5 miles and will take 3 to 4 hours to complete.

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YHA Hartington Hall

Saturday 15th October 2022

Start: 10.15am

This guided social walk will start from YHA Hartington Hall and takes in three Derbyshire Dales - Beresford, Wolfscote and finally Biggin. The walk will span approximately 6 miles and will take 4 to 5 hours to complete.

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How to book

It's easy to book onto our guided social walks. Simply complete our booking form.

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Social walks FAQs

Do I need to sign up in advance or can I turn up on the day?

To help with preparation and health and safety we need you to register for a social walk in advance - book your place.

How do I book?

You can sign up using our social walks booking form. Numbers are limited so we encourage you to book as soon as possible. More social walks will be added to our programme over the coming weeks.

Is there an entry fee?

No, but we are encouraging people to make a suggested voluntary donation of £10 towards our heart of the community appeal to install life-saving defibrillators at every YHA hostel. If you would like to take part but are unable to make a donation, please get in touch.

Can I sign up as a family or group?

Yes. Our social walks will typically be moderate routes between 6-8 miles long and lasting anywhere between 3-5 hours depending on the walk. Most of the walks will cover a variety of different terrain which may not be suitable for pushchairs or mobility aids and will require a reasonable level of fitness.

You can book places for up to 5 people using our social walks booking form.

Are there any accessible social walks?

We are delighted that Access the Dales will be offering a wheelchair accessible walk at YHA Malham on 30th September 2022. More details will be available soon. In addition, our wider programme of self-guided walks includes a range of easy routes.

As we run YHA's first Festival of Walking, we are working to ensure access for all. Accessible means different things to different people. Read our access position.

What should I wear?

We recommend you wear sturdy footwear and a waterproof jacket. You should also bring a small backpack to carry your water, plus lunch and/or snacks. Once you have signed up, we will send you a full clothing/kit list. 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs on leads are welcome to join our social walks. Many (but not all) of our hostels also welcome dogs on their premises - for details, see our Dogs Policy.

Can I take part in a social walk without booking accommodation?

Yes, our social walks are open to day visitors as well as overnight guests.

I am new to walking. How do I know if I can keep up with everyone else?

Our social walks are designed to be achievable by most. There may be some short challenging sections, however the leader will walk at a steady pace which is comfortable for the group. There will also be regular opportunities to stop and regroup to ensure no one is left behind.

Will I get a free cuppa?

Yes, a free cuppa will be available at many of our hostels. If you are feeling peckish, food and snacks can be purchased from our hostel cafes.

Take part in the festival

Festival of Walking

YHA and walking just go together - discover our walking festival

Participating hostels

Many of our hostels are hosting walking activities for the festival

Self-guided walks

Walk your own way with free maps and route instructions

Fundraising events

Help support YHA with one of our walking challenge events