YHA Malham

Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4DB


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.

Why Groups love YHA Malham

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Amazing caves and waterfalls nearby

"Excellent" - 94%

Customer satisfaction based on 18 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 81

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 Malham

Geography package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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 walk
  • Map work
  • River investigations (KS2)

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Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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.


  • Go create
  • GPS
  • Guided walk
  • Let’s get cooking
  • Map work
  • River studies
  • Team challenges

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Multi-Activity package

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

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

YHA Malham does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Malham

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Raft building
  • Team building

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YHA bolt-on

Activities run by our 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.


  • Problem solving
  • Team building

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YHA Malham 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



  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • On-site shop


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking

Food & drink:

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

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4DB

By car and coach:
The hostel is situated in the centre of the village, next to the Lister Arms pub.

By bus:
Please note that there are no buses to Malham on Tuesdays or Thursdays and buses to and from Malham are limited. Visit Malham Bus Services for more information.

OS Map: 98
OS Grid Ref: SD901629
Latitude: 54.062513
Longitude: -2.152044
YHA Malham