YHA Wooler Shepherds Hut
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Wooler

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Camping pods, landpods and bring your own tent camping are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed.

  2. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

  3. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

  4. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.

Exclusive hire

  1. From the 2nd November 2020, YHA Wooler will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  3. Drying room(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Set on the outskirts of the Northumberland National Park and 400 meters away from the picturesque market town of Wooler, this Youth Hostel is the ideal location for exploring the delights of Northumberland and the Borders.

Either stay in our homely hostel or try one of our unique and fully-equipped Shepherd's Huts - painstakingly created by local craftsmen. Excellent for walking, cycling and mountain biking, there’s plenty of choice to be had here, either long distance along St Cuthbert’s Way to Lindisfarne or staying closer to home in the hills.

Why guests love YHA Wooler

  • Shepherd's Huts available for alternative stays
  • Great for exploring Northumberland and the Borders
  • Close to plenty of historic attractions

Accommodation at YHA Wooler

The hostel

The hostel is open all year round to groups and open to individuals and groups March – November.

Dorm beds and private rooms are available, as well as Shepherds' Huts and the hostel sleeps up to 57 guests including the traditional Shepherds’ Huts which are hand crafted locally. The four Shepherds’ Huts sleep two people in each.

Originally built in 1943 for the land army girls, its now modern facilities include a large dining/common room with Wi-Fi and tables and chairs, and a reasonably priced restaurant using local produce where available. There is also a good-sized drying room which is perfect for hanging wet clothes and boots. There is free onsite car parking, secure cycle storage and all areas are fully accessible throughout. 

There are great self-catering facilities if you want to cook for yourself including new cookers and a new fridge, fitted units and stainless steel preparation surfaces. There is plenty of crockery, glassware, saucepans and cutlery. There are also breakfast options available at the hostel.

Shepherd's Huts

Painstakingly reproduced by local craftsmen, these mobile shelters replicate those once wheeled into the Cheviot Hills to allow shepherds to tend their flocks. These traditional hand crafted Northumbrian huts sleep two or three people in bunk beds complete with warm duvets. They also have electric heating and lighting and are fully insulated from the elements.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.




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


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Group catering available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 10.00, 17.00 - 22.00

Check in: 17:00 - 20.00

Check out: 08:00 - 10:00

Open every day?: From April until the end of October, YHA Wooler is open every day. The hostel is available for YHA Exclusive Hire only from November until the end of March.

Pets: Dogs can stay in our shepherds huts. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our camping pod accommodation which is payable upon arrival. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Wooler however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

YHA Wooler - Access Statement

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YHA Wooler

Map references

OS Map: 75

OS Grid Ref: NT991278

Lat/Lng: 55.543758, -2.0140453

Contact information

Phone: 03452602931

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

To enjoy YHA Wooler for just you, your friends and family visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website and hire the whole property. Open for bookings all year round.

YHA School Trips

YHA Wooler is perfectly situated for your school residential trip. We can offer an assortment of activities that are suitable across all Key Stages, and a food and drink menu that will suit the ages and purpose of your groups. The hostel has great facilities including a classroom, library and games room.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA Wooler. Please visit our Volunteering Site to see what opportunities are available at YHA.

Meet the team

Karl and Cindy Wait took over the Wooler Youth Hostel and Shepherds’ Huts from March 2018. They have two Daughters, Evie (21 year old) and Daisy (12 Years Old).

They are a local family who firmly believe that Wooler and the wider area of Northumberland have lots to offer.

Karl is a qualified Mountain Guide who can give you lots of advice on local walks, and regularly organises guided walks in the Cheviot Hills. He is also a volunteer trainee member of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and both Karl and Cindy work with local groups, including Scouts and DofE Groups.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor travellers choice award 2020

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