YHA Edale Activity Centre

Rowland Cote, Nether Booth, Edale, Derbyshire S33 7ZH


For outdoor adventures in the heart of the Peak District National Park, look no further than YHA Edale Activity Centre. This large country house, set in its own woodland/moorland grounds on the flanks of Kinder Scout, has a unique combination of wildness and accessibility.

Three separate buildings ensure that exclusivity requirements are met whilst the remainder of the site is very much designed with groups in mind – leader rooms are optimally positioned and there are drying rooms, classrooms, meeting areas and outdoor activity sites in abundance. A games room and free WIFI are available to all and all meals can be provided in our dining room with stunning views over the hills.

Nationally famous walking itineraries, cross country mountain bike routes and road cycling challenges all start and finish at our door and the caves, crags and lakes that we use as our outdoor learning venues are all within easy reach of our fleet of minibuses.

Every aspect of our provision is carefully designed to enhance a group’s learning potential and the overall quality of the experience. Education groups, regardless of age, ability or experience will benefit from the fact that our activity programmes are bespoke and devised in collaboration with group leaders.  Whatever fully inclusive package is chosen, whether Action Adventure, Multi Activity or Alex Rider, the specifics of activity, venue, content and style are constantly adjusted to optimise all learning opportunity – our returning groups know that it is this attention to detail that makes every experience at Edale memorable and significant.

On-site activities can include archery, high ropes course, orienteering, tower climb/abseil, team building exercises and hill walks/navigation challenges. Off site, our numerous venues ensure the optimum locations for climbing, abseiling, canoeing, caving, raft- building and weaselling, and include themed gritstone or limestone days that combine several activities in one experience.

Our in-house provision means that every morning, afternoon and evening is filled with fine-tuned activities whatever the agenda. Primary schools appreciate the friendliness and accessibility of first encounters, secondary pupils will realise the full value of their experiences in the course of the session review and sixth form/college groups can be given targeted challenges and outcomes to enhance their confidence and ability to succeed together. We pride ourselves on providing accessible adventures for all – any group can add on any amount of activity input to enhance their stay and our accommodation and most activities are accessible to groups or individuals with significant learning and/or physical disabilities.

For other groups the potential is huge. Walkers can enjoy the comforts of a superbly positioned base and simply walk from the door into open access land and days on either mountain bikes or road bikes straight from our driveway, but with dedicated cycling facilities and a licensed bar to look forward to on return. All the locations and attractions that make the area one of the most visited in the country are close at hand and we are happy to advise our guests in achieving a great day out. Our conference and meeting facilities are a great start to a corporate ‘away day’ (add an intensive day of team building exercises) or a club meet (add a day of skills training) or simply a gathering of friends or family (add a bespoke led walk or other activity experience) who are keen to explore the great outdoors and get away to it all.

Why Groups love YHA Edale Activity Centre

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Fully refurbished activity centre

"Great" - 87%

Customer satisfaction based on 168 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 157

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.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Edale Activity Centre

Alex Rider Classified Mission

Alex Rider Mission

Suitable for ages 8+

Test your pupil’s mettle with this spy training

Ignite your student’s imagination, enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our Alex Rider Classified Mission package. We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupil’s mettle as potential new secret agent.


  • Abseil
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Code breaking
  • Firelighting
  • Gadget design
  • High ropes
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Night hike
  • Observation skills
  • Orienteering
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing
  • Survival skills
  • Weaseling

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Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

Action Adventure package


Suitable for ages 8+

Amazing adventures in the great outdoors

Amazing adventures in the great outdoors don’t come much better than this. Our Action Adventure packages are designed to make the most of the natural world around us and as a result they really take the challenges up a level.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Fire lighting
  • High ropes
  • Leap of faith
  • Night hike
  • Orienteering
  • Problem solving
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing
  • Team building
  • Weaseling

Prices from


Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

Multi-Activity package

Girls at archery range with bow and arrows

Suitable for ages 8+

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Firelighting
  • Guided walk
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges

Prices from


Per person, per night, based on a two night stay* (ex VAT)

YHA Edale Activity Centre does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Edale Activity Centre

Adventure bolt-on

Abseiling down a bridge

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • High ropes
  • Mountain walk
  • Rock climbing

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Edale Activity Centre does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • On-site shop


  • Car parking

Food & drink:

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

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Rowland Cote, Nether Booth, Edale, Derbyshire S33 7ZH

By car and coach:
From the east: the hostel is signposted to the right and is approximately 100m past the first Edale sign.

From the west: the hostel is signposted to the left and is approximately 1.5km after the village of Edale.

The hostel drive is a single lane passing through a farmyard and then wooded grounds. Please note the signage, drive slowly and park with consideration to later arrivals.

By train:
The hostel is a 2km/25-30 minute walk east from the station and is not signposted. It can be reached along the valley road (not recommended) or by a series of footpaths. A map, outdoor footwear and appropriate luggage (eg. backpack) are highly recommended. Details of local taxis can be obtained from the hostel.

OS Map: 110
OS Grid Ref: SK139865
Latitude: 53.376148
Longitude: -1.791024
YHA Edale Activity Centre