About YHA Malham

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Amazing caves and waterfalls nearby

YHA Malham is a delightful hostel set in the heart of this iconic village. We’re perfectly located for access to local attractions including Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, with both of these natural wonders a relatively easy walk away - at least until the bottom of the steps at the Cove that is!

With 81 beds split across two buildings we are ideal for both larger groups wanting to take over the whole site, and for smaller groups needing their own segregated space. Our large dining room seats up to 50, plus we have a comfortable TV lounge and a separate classroom/meeting room that are ideal for relaxation or break-out space.

The surrounding area offers education groups plenty to do and our Discovery package and Primary school Geography packages offer a range of activities that are designed to educate, entertain and engage pupils. We offer a range of activities including; limestone studies, fossil casting, bug hunts, stream studies, navigational hikes and GPS trails where students will learn a number of navigation and map reading skills linked to the National Curriculum. School groups participating in our packages can also enjoy guided walks to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, the latter via the magical Janet’s Foss – but watch out for pesky fairies!

Groups planning on leading their own trips have the option to add a half-day or full-day YHA led bolt-on activity if desired. Additionally as part of our New Multi- Activity package, or as an adventure bolt on to your self-led stay, we can offer a range of adventurous activities including rock climbing, abseiling and caving around the local area, all delivered by our expert partners High Adventure.

With its easy access to the Cove and Yorkshire Dales, and separate study/classroom space for fieldwork follow-up , YHA Malham is the perfect choice for Secondary schools and Colleges looking for a location to run Geography and Geology GCSE and A-level trips. A self-led stay is a cost effective way for Secondary schools to afford fieldwork opportunities, ensuring that all students can have access to impactful learning opportunities.

For hiking, biking, walking and other organised social groups YHA Malham has it all; a great location, knowledgeable staff, and facilities including a drying room and large cycle store. The hostel is an ideal overnight stay for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, The Pennine Way National Trail, and the Way of the Roses cycle path. Straight from the door you have access to miles of country lanes and intense hill climbs, hike up to the famous limestone pavements, and beyond.

With full group catering available and a fully licensed bar you won’t need to worry about venturing out too far after enjoying a day exploring this jewel of the British countryside.

Please note, whilst coaches can drop off just outside the hostel, unfortunately we do not offer coach parking on site. However, free coach parking (over 16 passengers) is available at the nearby National Park Visitor Centre.


  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • On-site shop
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

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Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels
across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards,
please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

LOtC Awarded

YHA Malham has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award
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Packages available at this hostel

Geography at Malham

Geography package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from


per person per night*


Learn key geographical skills

Nestled in the very heart of Malham village and only a short walk to the iconic locations of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss, our geography package offers the opportunity for your students to learn key geographical skills, classic human and physical features, and how they have shaped not only the landscape, but the population and economy of the area as well.


  • Guided walks to Malham Cove, Gorsdale Scar and Janet’s Foss
  • Detailed work on map skills and navigation work
  • GPS trails
  • Opportunities for River Investigations (KS2)
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Discovery at Malham

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from


per person per night*


Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.


  • River studies
  • Team challenges
  • Let's Get Cooking
  • Go create
  • GPS
  • Guided walk
  • Map skills
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Multi-Activity package

Suitable for ages 8+

Prices from


per person based on a two night stay


Challenges for the brain and body

Full of challenges for the brain and body our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical PE based activity. This package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality.


  • Guided walk
  • Abseiling
  • Shelter building
  • Bushcraft and fire lighting
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Malham

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.

Adventure at YHA Malham

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Adventure bolt-on

Activities for outdoor adventurers

Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.


  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Raft building
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Team Development
  • Caving
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YHA bolt-on at YHA Malham

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YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.


  • Guided walks to Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
  • Navigation Skills
  • GPS
  • Geo Caching
  • Go create
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YHA Malham

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