Malham – a family affair

The youth hostel at Malham is a lasting testament to one man and the history of his wider family’s long association with youth hostels.  John Dower, a local architect, designed the hostel in 1937. He also designed the youth hostels at Eskdale in Cumbria and at Bellingham in Northumberland. He achieved a wider reputation when... Continue Reading →

Hostel hut history

Down a short path from the hostel at Idwal Cottage, in a grove of trees, is a piece of YHA history. In the grounds of one of YHA's longest serving hostels, it's also a link with the days when architects designed hostels for YHA. Today there's a boom in designer hostels but the idea isn't... Continue Reading →

Illustrated youth hostel profiles

In England and Wales, 1150 youth hostels have been open at one time or another since 1930. That's a lot, and YHA’s honorary archivist, John Martin, has been researching and writing illustrated profiles of them for several years now. To date he's written 114 profiles, covering more than 200 hostels. Each profile is between one and... Continue Reading →

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