YHA (England and Wales) has announced YHA Edale in Derbyshire’s Hope Valley, as one of the recipients of the first round of investment in 2014.
The 157-bed Youth Hostel, which is popular with schools and groups, is to undergo a £250,000 makeover to create a world class outdoor activity centre.
As part of the investment most bedrooms at YHA Edale will be refurbished, all washrooms upgraded, the reception, lounge and self-catering kitchen will be redecorated and refurbished. Additionally the dining room will undergo full refurbishment and be reconfigured to better accommodate customers.
The Youth Hostel, which comprises three separate buildings, will close in early January while the work is completed and will have a phased re-opening commencing on 7th February 2014.
With Kinder Plateau, the highest gritstone peak in the Peak District, just behind the hostel, YHA Edale offers amazing views and great places for walking, climbing, mountain biking and cycling on its doorstep and is hugely popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales), said: “YHA Edale is one of our most popular locations for groups looking for a great activity break. The refurbishment of the Youth Hostel is part of our continuing investment in our hostels to ensure they offer the great welcome and friendly stay of which we YHA is rightly proud.
In 2013, YHA invested more than £13 million in its network, refurbishing eight Youth Hostels and creating a new one – YHA South Downs – in East Sussex. YHA Edale is the first investment announcement in 2014 and more are set to follow as part of the Youth Hosteling charity’s capital investment plan to create a world-class network of Youth Hostels in England and Wales and change the outdated public perception of its accommodation.
For further information about YHA membership or to make a booking at a Youth Hostel in England and Wales visit www.yha.org.uk