YHA Ravenstor

Millers Dale, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8SS

Overview

This inspiring location situated between the classic destinations of Bakewell and Buxton is a former mill owner’s home and sits within 60 acres of mature woodland, great for activities and exploring. It’s fitting that just outside our grounds is Bellamy’s Bank, the spot that first introduced David Bellamy to the world of nature, and no visit to Ravenstor is complete without a moment of peace and tranquillity on the Bank.

The hostel itself has 70 beds and a mix of dorm rooms and smaller rooms, ideal for teachers and group leaders. The hostel also includes a games room, lounge, dedicated classroom, drying room and free Wi-Fi.

At YHA Ravenstor we offer a range of educational and adventurous packages, including our Discovery, Multi-Activity, and our exclusive Alex Rider packages. A spy-themed residential where each student will receive a free copy of ‘Stormbreaker’ courtesy of Walker Books Ltd. YHA Ravenstor offers a number of activities on site, and the grounds are perfect for activities such as Archery, Orienteering, Shelter Building, Fire lighting and a number of team challenge activities, or for the more adventurous who are looking to book our Multi-Activity and Alex Rider Classified Mission packages there is great Climbing and Caving locally, not to mention an incredible abseil of a nearby viaduct, part of the Monsal Trail.

The hostel also makes a great base for self-led groups exploring the rich variety of local attractions from show caves to stately homes, don’t forget you can always add on a YHA led or Adventurous bolt-on activity to your self-led stay. We can also offer more curriculum and geography related activities through our partnership with The Peak District National Park.

For non-education/social or special interest groups YHA Ravenstor offers the opportunity to explore deep into the Peak District, great walking, climbing and mountain biking are all available from the door, and the Monsal trail provides an easy walk or cycle straight into Bakewell. You can also end the day with a meal and a drink from our fully licensed bar.

Why Groups love YHA Ravenstor

Packages and bolt-ons available here

National Trust country house

"Excellent" - 92%

Customer Satisfaction based on 70 scores

Prices are person, per night and exclude VAT.

Number of beds: 70

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

103296

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Packages available at YHA Ravenstor

Discovery package

Archery Target Practice

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.

Activities

  • Archery
  • Team challenges
  • Fire lighting
  • Shelter building
  • Guided walks

Activities:

  • Archery
  • Fire lighting
  • Guided walk
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

Prices from

£38.00

per person per night* (+VAT)

Multi-Activity package

Climbing on rock face

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.

Activities

  • Guided walk
  • Archery
  • Abseiling
  • Shelter building
  • Bush craft and fire lighting
  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges
  • Caving
  • Canoeing

Activities:

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

Prices from

£66.00

per person per night* (+VAT)

Alex Rider Classified Mission

Group of school children listening to the teacher at YHA

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.

Activities

  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Weaseling
  • Archery
  • Survival skills
  • Night hikes
  • Gadget design
  • Code cracking
  • Observation skills

Activities:

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Night hike
  • Observation skills
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Survival skills
  • Weaseling

Prices from

£64.50

per person per night* (+VAT)

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Alex Rider Mission

Suitable for ages 7-13

Train the next secret agents

Ignite your student’s imaginations enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our two YHA Alex Rider packages: Alex Rider Spy Academy and Alex Rider Mission Briefing. We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupils’ mettle as a potential new secret agent.

Activities

  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Guided navigation walks
  • Team building
  • Fire lighting
  • Bushcraft
  • Shelter building
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design

Activities:

  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Code breaking
  • Firelighting
  • Gadget design
  • Guided navigation walks
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Team building

Prices from

£39.00

per person per night* (+VAT)

YHA Ravenstor does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Ravenstor

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.

Activities

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Coasteering
  • Canoeing
  • Ghyll scramble
  • Mountain walk

Prices from

£40.00

per person per night* (+VAT)

YHA bolt-on

YHA Discovery

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.

Activities

  • Team challenges
  • Shelter building
  • Archery
  • Guided walk
  • Fire lighting
  • Go create

Prices from

£8.00

per person per night* (+VAT)

Field Study bolt-on

Ground samples for field studies activity

Available for KS2, KS3 and KS4

Working with the PDNP in the Peaks, this bolt-on provides a half, or full day of activities that are delivered in the real outdoors. Locations are chosen based on the most appropriate landscape features and flora and fauna for your requirements

Prices from

£7.75

per person per night* (+VAT)

YHA Ravenstor 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

Locations

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

Facilities

General:

  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Drying room
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Transportation:

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

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

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Millers Dale, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 8SS

By car:
From the M1 take Junction 29 towards Chesterfield and follow the brown signs to Chatsworth House. Join the A623 at Baslow and turn left to Tideswell after approximately eight miles. Go through Tideswell and the hostel is on the left after 1.5 miles.

From Bakewell/Buxton: take B6049 to Miller’s Dale off the A6. The hostel is half a mile past the viaduct on the right.

OS Map: 119
OS Grid Ref: SK152732
Latitude: 53.256286
Longitude: -1.772844
YHA Ravenstor