Real experiences

Breathe in the fresh countryside air as you surround yourself with the beauty of the great outdoors. Feel your fingers gripping the cool nooks and crannies of a genuine rock face as you begin to climb skyward, then later that day, when you don your wetsuit and take an oar in hand, hear the water gently slap against your canoe as you paddle down the river. All real experiences and all yours for the taking.

Our unique network of properties spans the length and breadth of England and Wales' most inspiring landscapes, which means we’re singularly positioned to offer teachers and pupils the widest range of authentic learning opportunities in the real outdoors.

We are very lucky to have hostels set in some truly stunning grounds, and they are yours to use whilst you stay with us. We offer experiences from toasting marshmallows over a fire pit, to a spot of target practice in our archery ranges, and a whole host of other options in-between. Plus we have hostels that are brilliantly situated for getting out and exploring nearby Roman forts and oodles of unique landscape features too.

Our residentials are designed to deliver positive powerful outcomes for young people, and provide magic moments that will live long in the memories of all participants and group leaders.

YHA School Trips
“The reason I enjoyed the canoeing so much is because I loved it when the geese flew over our heads. I had never seen that before.”
Pupil, Nawton Community Primary School, York
'The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves.'
Roald Dahl
“My favourite bit was when we made the Viking boats and went to raid the monastery to hunt for gold!”
Pupil, S. Anselm’s School, Bakewell

Unique locations & accommodation across England & Wales