Hooray – the YHA now Welcomes Dogs!
We’re big fans of YHA, but we’ve always been limited on using them due to their strict ‘No Dogs’ policy. But hooray hurrah hooroo – that’s all about to change!
In an exciting move by YHA (England and Wales), dogs are now welcome to stay with their owners at Youth Hostels that offer camping and cabins accommodation.
Which means us dog owners can now take advantage of nearly 60 YHA sites that offer camping pods, cabins, tipis, bell tents and pitch up facilities in their grounds.
Dogs will be charged £5 a night, but there’s no additional charge if you bring your own tents and use the pitch up facilities available (at 31 Youth Hostels).
There is a dog code of conduct – your dog needs to be micro chipped and fully vaccinated to ensure the safety and wellbeing of other animals and guests. Additionally, owners must keep their pets on a lead at all times, including external areas.
To make the most of the fabulous locations that many rural Youth Hostels boast, YHA has invested £1 million in camping, glamping and cabin facilities at 63 of its Youth Hostels since 2015. Explaining the decision to allow dogs to stay in the YHA network, Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: “We identified that a barrier to many people staying with us is the fact they can’t also bring their pooches. We have invested heavily in our camping and cabins accommodation provision within the network over the last 12 months so this has enabled YHA to relax its policy on dogs. It’s a move that I know will be welcomed by many people who want to stay with YHA. Now the whole family can enjoy a stay with us.”
For further details of all Youth Hostels in England and Wales, or to make a booking, visit www.yha.org.uk.
Even if she did just call them ‘pooches’…