Try rock pooling, fossil hunting and playing on the beach making sandcastles, all a stone's throw from the hostel.
YHA Boggle HoleWhitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4UQ
Ahoy there! If you're looking for UK beach breaks, activity breaks or just accommodation near Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, YHA Boggle Hole could be just the place for you. Tucked away in an old smuggler’s cove, our lovely Old Mill will delight and inspire you, with its treasure trails, stunning sea views and wooded grounds for the kids to explore.
Once safely indoors, treat yourself in our well-stocked Quarterdeck café, and enjoy the warmth of the woodburning stove when the weather is cooler.
Why guests love YHA Boggle Hole
Accommodation at YHA Boggle Hole
Bed in a shared room
Dorms are not currently available.
Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.
A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.
Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.
Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.
Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.
Private en-suite rooms
For added privacy, relax with your family, friends or by yourself in a private en-suite room.
Private en-suite rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus shower and toilet facilities solely for the people in your room.
Food and drink at YHA Boggle Hole
- 24-hour access
- Baby changing
- Beach view
- Coach parking nearby
- Contactless payments
- Corridor zoning
- Cycle store
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Free on-street parking
- Group meals
- Intermittent mobile coverage
- Licensed bar
- Luggage store
- Meeting rooms
- Minibus parking nearby
- Outdoor seating
- Packed lunch
- Sea view
- Self-catering kitchen
- Shared drying room
- Shared lounge
- Water refill station
Hostel need to know
Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 22:00.
Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests from 07:30 – 09:00 on weekdays and 07:30 – 10:00 at weekends. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:30.
Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.
Café and restaurant opening hours: The Quarterdeck Café and Bar is open to the public from 11:00 - 20:30, Monday to Sunday.
Parking: Parking is 500m away and a brisk walk down to the sea and the hostel. Because there are no streetlights, you'll need a torch after dark.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Boggle Hole. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.
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YHA School Trips
YHA Boggle Hole is close to the Yorkshire Heritage Coast, providing plenty of opportunities for students to have dozens of enjoyable learning experiences! The hostel has internet access, fantastic classroom facilities and group catering is available.
Book your YHA School Trip.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA Volunteering.
It is believed that the Farsyde family built Bay Mill, the main youth hostel building, to serve the estate's own farms. The first mention of two mills in the parish appears in the marriage settlement of Sir Hugh Cholmley in 1666, where low mill is almost certainly Bay Mill. The other mill is believed to be Ramsdale Mill which has been restored. In 1712 a lease refers to ‘Bay Mill or ‘Low Mill’.
The mill would have originally been a wooden structure and much smaller than at present, with the wheel run directly by the beck. Certainly a later Farsyde rebuilt the mill into something like its present form. An inscription (which is now seriously weathered) over the dining room door reads “This Mill was rebuilt and new machinery put therein at the cost of G. W. Farsyde Esq. AD 1839”.
On August 6th 1857, a tremendous rainstorm caused violent floods which destroyed some buildings at both Ramsdale and Bay Mills. Mr Farsyde’s substantial building of 1839 survived but the miller's house, believed to be situated on the other side of the stream, and some wooden outbuildings were destroyed and washed away. The housekeeper, Elizabeth Knaggs, and a dog were both drowned.
At the time, the miller had two apprentices named Hutton. The son of one of them, Halder Hutton told a story related by his father of how the two brothers rescued a baby from the miller’s house just before it was destroyed. It was probably after this that the miller’s house was re-sited at right angles to the main building. It comprised what is now the main hostel kitchen and the rooms above. The land surrounding the mill on both sides of the beck were farmed, mostly for grazing of cattle and sheep. There was also an orchard and garden for fruit and vegetables alongside the path which leads to Farsyde House.
Farm buildings surrounded the courtyard and these have since long vanished apart from one which has been substantially rebuilt to form the current staff bungalow.
There is no record of when the dam was built but it was constructed on the site of a natural waterfall. It held back a considerable body of water. The lake has long since silted up.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, gangs of men were employed from time to time in the dry season to dig out the silt and ensure a constant supply of water for the mill.
Water ran from the dam in an underground passage to the present self-catering kitchen. It entered the building where the present window and extractor are, powering the wheel which filled this room and the cellar below. The water than ran out into the beck.
The main drive shaft extended into what is now the dining room and drove four pairs of stones set into the floor of what is now the toilet and showers on the reception level.
Near the top of the dam, in the bank side there is still a dry shaft. This was the entry to the sluice gate which allowed the water to be let into the underground passage and power the mill. A secondary gate with a diversion into the back has also been found under what is now the picnic area behind the hostel.
On top of the dam is a large cast iron wheel which allowed the dam gates to be opened. The missing one is actually in the pool behind the dam and is visible at very low water.
Meet the team
The custodians of Boggle Mill, Peta and Andy, have worked here for about 20 years (this means they must have started when they were 10!). They make lots of the furniture and decorations and are more than happy to chat about them. They have lived in the area for ages and can recommend lots of things to do and places to see (although playing on the beach is the best)! Our lovely crew will look after you if you need anything many have been here for a long time as well so know the area and its charms and best secret spots as well.
Manager recommends: For a real family beach break, spend your free time playing and walking along the beach to Robin Hood's Bay, searching for fossils and Whitby Jet, swimming in the sea and beachcombing for ‘washed up treasures'. Take a packed lunch and spend the whole day away from the hustle and bustle of the real world - and enjoy the delights of a UK coastal holiday!
The coastal erosion and access improvement work on the Cleveland Way at Boggle Hole has been part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.