YHA Kettlewell Exterior

YHA Kettlewell

Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU

Superb 98%

(26 reviews)

Bed in a single gender shared dorm - Beds from £19.00
Private room - Rooms from £47.00


The Kettlewell Hostel has been part of the YHA network for over 70 years and is an absolute gem! Set in a charming Yorkshire Dales village with plenty of great walks, stunning views and some world class cycling routes close by, it is an absolute haven for an active break.

With comfortable, modern rooms, our own menu of hearty homemade food and great social areas with excellent free Wi-Fi, the hostel is perfect for families, individuals and groups alike.

Why guests love YHA Kettlewell

  • Beautiful stone building doubling up as the village post office
  • Part of the YHA network for over 70 years
  • Comfy areas to relax and socialise

Accommodation at YHA Kettlewell

The hostel

This gem of a hostel in the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell is a real treat for those who choose to stay there. There is a lovely stylish dining room, a separate comfortable lounge with a wood-burning stove and a beautiful garden for sitting out in the sunshine! As well as the spacious communal areas there are 11 bedrooms sleeping up to 42, with a double room, a twin room, 4x 3 bed rooms, 2x 4 bed rooms 1x  5 bed room (contains a double bed, sleeps 6) and 2x 6 bed rooms.

The hostel serves their own fantastic menu of home-made meals using the very best in locally sourced produce, including the now famous 8 hour beef stew! We also bake our own ginger cakes and brownies for dessert, all served with local Yorkshire Dales ice-cream. Wash your delicious food down with great local beers, Yorkshire cider or even some local gin and tonic.

For breakfast we offer our Full Yorkshire Breakfast, with locally sourced ingredients, or a Vegetarian Full English. Alternatively, enjoy a hearty and healthy bowl of porridge. Vegan and gluten free alternatives are always available, just let us know and we will do our best to help.

With a growing reputation for great food, eat with us before heading out to try the three friendly pubs in the village or pick up a book from our in-hostel secondhand bookshop and have an early night!
We also have a well-equipped self catering kitchen, so you can cook for yourself and your family or just use it to help yourself to the complimentary tea and coffee whilst you are here!

The Kettlewell Hostel is on the Dales Way and is a really great place to base yourself for a few days' walking. We have Great Whernside and Buckden Pike within a few hours' hike, as well as a week's worth of great varied walking right out of the front door. If cycling is more your thing, we are on the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes and provide a perfect base for those looking to get some big climbs under their belts! We also have a great bike shed for storing your equipment too.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is available for hire on an exclusive basis, with or without catering. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. You can hire YHA Kettlewell all year round and booking well in advance is advisable, especially at weekends. If you're be interested in our rates and availability please look at our Exclusive Hire website.


Food and drink at YHA Kettlewell



If you are planning a stay at YHA Kettlewell you really should consider eating in for at least one night! The evening menu has been planned to be the perfect food after a day out on the hills and is both delicious and full of good local produce. If you have any special dietary needs please contact us directly and we will do our best to help you.



Choose from options including: The Full Yorkshire breakfast, Vegetarian Full English breakfast, Porridge with brown sugar and cinnamon, Freshly baked croissants. You can't pay for breakfast online so just let us know when you check in if you'd like to book breakfast.



We can make up great filled rolls with your choice of fillings: local sausage and mustard, egg mayo and cress, cheese salad, tuna cucumber, and ham salad are all just £3 made on local award-winning Bakers Bread. Seabrooks crisps, biscuits and homemade flapjack are all available to buy from our kitchen. If you order the night before, we will have your sandwich ready for when you have finished your breakfast and away you go!

Evening meals

Evening meals

We have an extensive evening menu encompassing a wide range of dishes created with high quality, local produce. Stews, burgers, pastas and hearty puddings will re-energise you after the day's exertions in the local area. Please note: we ask for all evening meals to be ordered by 6pm.



We stock a great range of local ales including Hetton Pale Ale, Wharfedale Blonde, Best and Dark Ales and Colemans Yorkshire Cider. We also have a nice selection of typically Hardys wines to compliment the food.



  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 10.30 17.00 - 22.30

Check in: 17.00 - 22.30

Check out: 08.00 - 10.30

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: We have parking for seven cars at the hostel if they all breathe in. There is plenty more parking in the village, the £2 car park opposite the garage is the best choice, pay in the garage and see one of the sets from the film Calendar Girls whilst you are there!

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Kettlewell. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Kettlewell - Access Statement

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YHA Kettlewell

Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU

Map references

OS Map: 98

OS Grid Ref: SD970724

Lat/Lng: 54.14733, -2.04659

Contact information

Phone: 03452602759

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Kettlewell and hire the whole property for yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for group bookings all weekends of the year.

Meet the team

Saul, Floss and their children Mollie and Humphrey are the new owners of YHA Kettlewell. Saul for many years has worked for the outdoor brand Rohan and, as a lifelong outdoors advocate, he is the perfect man for the job. Relentlessly enthusiastic, he's a really good cook and always gives a great welcome to any visitors to the Youth Hostel.

Manager recommends: Walking holidays can be even better when you've got a good pub to aim for, so take a scenic stroll to Arncliffe and visit the Falcon - the original pub in the TV show Emmerdale Farm. Enjoy a pint of real ale direct from the cask and a hearty family lunch. If you're on a climbing holiday nearby Buckden Pike, one of the highest peaks in Wharfedale, is a good challenging climb.

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