YHA Grinton Lodge

Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6HS


With its own unique style, elevated position and dedicated facilities for groups, this former hunting lodge is an excellent choice for exploring North Yorkshire. Perched on the slopes of Swaledale, with stunning views across and down the valley, fascinating geography all around, and on-site activities for school trips, YHA Grinton Lodge offers the perfect mix of mod cons and period charm.

With plenty of internal breakout space, including a dedicated classroom, smaller study room, games room, dining room and lounge, plus outside, a large contained lawn, gravel courtyard, 5-a-side football pitch and onsite activity course – there’s plenty of room for groups.

For school groups staying at the hostel we can offer our new Multi-Activity package, which includes guided walks across the moors, local history and geography sessions, learning about the impact of lead mining on the area, archery, shelter building, fire lighting and orienteering. You ca also enjoy more adventurous sessions including abseiling, climbing, rafting and other adrenaline fueled challenges delivered by our expert partners at High Adventures.

YHA Grinton Lodge also makes a great destination for groups keen on leading their own activities, be it secondary schools, colleges or universities wanting to lead fieldwork sessions in the fabulous moorland that’s accessible straight from the hostel door, or primary school planning their own bespoke residential. You can also add YHA led activities as a half day or full day bolt onto your self-led stay or go that little further and book in a day of activities with High Adventure.

Situated 10 miles north of Richmond, home to Richmond castle YHA Grinton Lodge is a special retreat for social groups who will love our vantage point overlooking the valley. The hostel is great for those looking for a group stay focused on hiking or biking, with fabulous winding roads and miles of footpaths to explore. The moors above YHA Grinton Lodge make for an exciting walk mixing both the incredible and sometime rare flora and fauna of the area, with wonderful history in the shape of ancient Roman forts and evidence of mining through the ages.

We offer catering options for all our groups as well as a licensed bar stocked with local ales, perfect after a long day spent on the moors or exploring all North Yorkshire has to offer. Finally corporate groups looking for a great get away will find the perfect home in our stunning hostel, where we can provide plenty of space to work, great food and a great location, we can also provide adventurous activities for groups wanting that little extra. There’s even free Wi-Fi for those who can tear themselves away from the view.

Why Groups love YHA Grinton Lodge

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Great for walking groups

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer Satisfaction based on 165 scores

per person, per night* (ex VAT)

Number of beds: 77

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


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Packages available at YHA Grinton Lodge

Multi-Activity package

Archery Target Practice

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 & fire lighting
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Guided walk
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

Prices from


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

Discovery package

YHA Discovery

Suitable for ages 7 - 13

Fun, challenging and memorable experiences

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 working and communication skills.


  • Archery
  • Dig through history
  • Fire and bread making
  • Guided walk
  • Let’s get cooking
  • River studies
  • Roman siege engines
  • Runes & jumblies
  • Team challenges

Prices from


Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Grinton Lodge does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Grinton Lodge

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
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Team Development

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA bolt-on

Roasting Marshmallows over a Fire

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.

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Grinton Lodge 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
  • Drying room
  • Camping and cabins
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • On-site shop


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking

Food & Drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6HS

By car and coach:
From the east: leave the A1 and follow signs to Richmond. Grinton is 10 miles east on the B6270. YHA Grinton Lodge is 3/4 mile due south. From the west: leave the M6 and travel to Leyburn on the A684. Turn left in Leyburn over the moor road to the hostel.

By train:
Nearest train stations are Northallerton and Darlington.

By bus:
The nearest bus stop is Scotch Corner. All of these have bus services to Richmond. There is a sporadic bus service from Richmond to Grinton, with a 10 minute walk up the hill to the hostel. Timetables for the bus services are available on the Dales Bus website – times may vary from summer to winter.

OS Map: 98
OS Grid Ref: SE048975
Latitude: 54.373774
Longitude: -1.927156
YHA Grinton Lodge