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Walkers may seek alternatives as hostels close

Posted 10 February 2011
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Walkers may seek alternatives as hostels close
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The Youth Hostels Association of England and Wales (YHA) has revealed it is closing three of its buildings in the Lake District, which may leave people checking their Ordnance Survey maps for alternatives.

Grasmere Thorney Howe, Derwent Water and Hawkshead hostels are all to be sold by the body, which is also disposing of five other hostels in England - Newcastle, Osmotherley, Arundel, Salisbury and Totland.

Although the charity is opening one new hostel in Berwick upon Tweed and investing £4 million in upgrading others - including the Lake District's Black Sail Hut - it said the cost of repairs to the venues it is selling would be too high to justify.

Those who like to use YHA facilities when they go walking in the Lake District may wish to make the most of these facilities in 2011 before they close for good.

Grasmere Thorney Howe's closure may be the least problematic, as the village has a second hostel at Butharlyp Howe, while the Langdale and Ambleside hostels are close by.