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Taking an environmentally friendly holiday doesn't have to mean splashing out on a luxury eco resort - in fact there are plenty of affordable eco accommodations around the world, and amongst them, some fantastic hostels.

A hostel doesn't have to mean spartan: many are fully equipped with a huge range of facilities and conveniences, and all offer clean, comfortable beds at a bargain price.

If you're a cyclist, keep an eye out for the 25 YHA hostels that have recently benefitted from investment in their cycling facilites, including cycle repair and maintenance stations, secure lockers and secure cycle sheds.

Brecon Beacons YHA

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served.
Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)

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Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

More beautiful barn conversion than bunkhouse, Wern Watkin is the ultimate pad for groups of walkers, cyclists and families looking for adventure in the surrounding Brecon Beacons.
Sleeps 30 in 7 en-suite bedrooms.

Beds from £20 per night.

Brecon Beacons YHA

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served.
41 beds: 1xdouble, 3x2, 1x2 es, 2x4, 1x4 es plus dorm beds

Prices from £21 - £86 (dorm beds - 6 bed rooms)

Thorney How, main house view

Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel

An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.
10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use

exterior of en-suite accommodation

SRUC – Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen, Scotland

Just a short distance from the beaches, outdoor sports and walking trails of Scotland's North East coast, SRUC–Craibstone Estate is a comfortable hostel with a walled garden and arboretum, surrounded by some 800 acres of glorious woodland.
45 single ensuite rooms, 15 twin ensuite rooms

from £30 per person breakfast £5

YHA Dalby Forest, Yorkshire, England

With a range of green features to protect its peaceful natural setting, Dalby Forest’s youth hostel is handily located close to Levisham station for those arriving by train, and is well connected to the North York Moors’ walking and cycling networks.
21 beds; private, en-suite and dorm rooms available.

From £18 per person per night in a dormitory, rooms from £49 per night

Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead, Cumbria, England

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap family breaks, school trips and activity breaks. Great for walking and cycling.
106 beds in dorms and private rooms; 8 pods; cabin for 5

Dorms from £15

YHA street view

YHA London Thameside, London England

YHA London Thameside, a purpose built 320 bed hostel (with 70 en-suite rooms) in Rotherhithe, is on the Jubilee Line, London Underground with fast access to the entire London network, and the Thames path will take you on foot direct to Tower Bridge.
320 beds

From £15 per person per night

The exterior of Craigower Lodge with some of the bikes and canoes you can hire

Craigower Lodge - Caingorm Adventure Centre, Cairngorms

If you can't decide on just one outdoor activity, why not try them all? Stay at an activity centre with mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks available to hire. Fantastic for groups; you can relax and socialise on the terrace or in the cosy lounge.
68 beds

Dorm beds £16

Iona Hostel in a fantastic natural setting in Scotland

Iona Hostel and Bothy, Isle of Iona, Argyll, Scotland

An independent hostel with a strong ethos of sustainability, on a traditional working croft in an extraordinary and elemental landscape. Kick off your shoes and watch the light sing on the sea. Comes highly recommended by visitors.
Five mixed rooms, sleeping 2, 4 (x2) and 6 (x2)

£19.50 per bed night / £16.50 for under 10's.

Exterior of Nethy House, one of the Abernethy bunkhouses

Abernethy Bunkhouses, Cairngorms, Scotland

These bunkhouses are fantastic for groups of any size - you have exclusive hire but only pay per bed used. Characterful Nethy House accommodates 25 to 65 people; smaller Nethy station sleeps 10 to 26. Walks, castles, lochs and distilleries beckon.
Nethy House sleeps 25-65, Nethy Station sleeps 10-26

Nethy House from £13.50 per bed, Nethy Station from £14.50 per bed

YHA Berwick, Northumberland, England

The old granary, set in Berwick's historic quarter, has been given a total revamp – it now houses one of the YHA's most beautiful structures. There are 13 bedrooms, a fabulous café/bar, an art gallery, and music and comedy nights throughout the year.
13 rooms: 55 beds in total

Dorm beds from £15, family rooms from £45

Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Peak District, UK

The Peak District's best-kept secret? Losehill House is an arts and crafts gem, a beautiful 4 star hotel set down a leafy lane, surrounded by some of the best walking in the country, with stunning views overlooking Win Hill.

YHA Conwy, Snowdonia, Wales

An ideal base for those wanting to explore North Wales on a budget! Families and groups will love it here, or anyone wanting to get to the coast or those after an activity break in Snowdonia. A great option for a car-free break.
82 beds (all rooms en-suite)

Dorm s from £11; private rooms from £26

YHA London Lee Valley, London, England

Five log chalets in a 10,000-acre park just 20 minutes outside London: great for those after an activity or sightseeing break alike! Fabulous food at the onsite restaurant, and exciting events held throughout the year.
118 beds/30 rooms in 5 lodges

Dorms from £16; private room from £39 for 2

Bank House Farm Hostel, Yorkshire, England

This appealing barn conversion, offering 11 dorm beds and three B&B rooms, sits on an organic farm – self-catering is a treat, with beef and lamb from the surrounding fields available, along with rare-breed bacon for sizzling breakfasts.

Dorm beds £20/£10 per adult/under-16 Sun-Thu. £200 for up to 10 people Fri-Sat

Interior main staircase of Sleep Well Hostel

Sleep Well Hostel, Brussels, Belgium

Sleep Well is a hostel that offers maximum comfort at minimum prices, with a range of room types from dorms to 'luxe' private rooms. It holds a Two-star Ecodynamic Enterprise label for initiatives such as 100% renewable electricity.
240 beds, ranging from dorm beds to private rooms

Dorm beds from 23.50 euros; private double room 73 euros

The stunning mountain view from Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel

Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

This spacious hostel offers great facilities and the best of the Cairngorms on its doorstep: fantastic hiking, mountain-biking and snow sports await. Loch Morlich Watersports Centre and beach are also nearby. Oh, and you'll love the amazing view.
72 beds - dorm rooms and private rooms available

Dorm beds from £17, twin rooms from £45

Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel, Dartmoor, England

One of the country’s friendliest, cosiest hostels is set in a beautifully converted stone stable, its hay loft providing space for the dorm beds. Run with the environment firmly in mind the hostel has a well-equipped kitchen and sheltered courtyard.
14 bed dorm + 1 double room

Dorm room: adult £17, child under 14 £8. Double room £38.

Exterior of St Christopher's Inn Canal hostel

St Christopher's Inn, Paris, France

This cheerful backpacker hostel boasts a picturesque setting on the waterfront, in a neighbourhood you may recognise from the film Amélie. It has a sociable atmosphere and keen efforts at energy and water conservation.
4-12 bed dorms, private double and single rooms available

Dorm beds from 32.90 euros; private double rooms from 57.50 euros per person.

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Crashpad Lodges, Snowdonia, Wales

Located right at the foot of Mount Snowdon, this bunkhouse is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to be right out in the wilderness. There are opportunities for hiking, climbing, cycling and canoeing right out of the door.
3: 6 beds in each room (bunkhouse sleeps 18)

Rooms are £100 per night (£16.66 per person), whole Bunkhouse is £300 per night.

The entrance to The Smugglers Hostel, decorated with bright flags

The Smugglers Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

Travel back in time and tread in the footsteps of whisky smugglers, from the 'highest hostel in the Scottish Highlands'. Explore the wild landscape on foot or by bike - if cycling back up the hill seems a bit daunting, you can hire an electric one.
20 beds

Dorm beds £15 (discounts for group bookings)

Llangollen Hostel, Denbighshire, Wales

A 32-bed hostel conveniently in the centre of Lllangollen with excellent facilities, including laundry, kitchen, lounge with log fire, wifi, bike and canoe storage, drying room and luggage drop. Dorms, as well as double and single rooms available.
32-bed hostel; some doubles en suite, plus dormitories

From £18 per person, including breakfast

Exterior of the lovely St Paul's YHA

YHA London St Paul's

Formerly a school for choirboys, this remarkable-looking building boasts the ultimate location for exploring London - it's literally seconds from the cathedral! 213 beds, perfect for families, fully licensed restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.
213 beds from singles to dorm rooms

From £16 per night.

YHA Brighton Regency frontage

YHA Brighton, Sussex

Complete beach front regency grandeur, YHA Brighton is mere minutes walk from Brighton Pier, Prince Regent’s magnificent Pavilion and the Lanes 180 beds across 51 rooms ranging from single to eight beds all en suite, a 4* hostel with cafe and bar.
180 rooms

beds from £13

YHA Hathersage, Derbyshire, England

Plumb in the middle of pretty Hathersage with walking, cycling and climbing opportunities aplenty, this YHA is a great base for an activity holiday. There's a games room and books to borrow for rainy days, too. Chatsworth House is close by.
42 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £17.50

Entrance hall to YHA London St Pancras

YHA London St Pancras, London, England

YHA London St Pancras is just across the street from Kings Cross/St Pancras International station so perfect for travellers, but this hostel also makes a fantastic base for weekends away, budget family breaks and cut price sightseeing holidays.
40 rooms from doubles to bunks in dorms

From £18 per person per night

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse exterior

Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, North Pennines, England

Get back to basics at this clean, comfortable and friendly bunkhouse and its adjoining campsite. Not only is it surrounded by the glorious scenery of the North Pennines, it also boasts its own beautiful patch of woodland and wildflower meadow.
Bunkhouse sleeps 24, also a camp and caravan site.

Bunkhouse: £18 pppn. Campers: £8 pppn. Caravans: £20 per night.

Dufton Hostel lounge

YHA Dufton Hostel, North Pennines, England

This cosy hostel is ideally situated for nature lovers, with the Pennine Way, Cross Fell and High Cup Nick all close by. Spend your days exploring and have a delicious three-course dinner waiting to welcome you back!
Sleeps 32 over a number of rooms

£18 per person per night

Hostel TwentyTu roof terrace

Hostal Twentytú, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Close to Plaza de Les Glories (only 3 underground stops from the centre of Barcelona), Hostel Twentytu has 62 rooms for two to four people, all with ensuite bathrooms. An award-winning eco hostel with great facilities and views of Barcelona.
62 rooms - two to four people

Prices from €18 per person per night depending on season and availability

YHA Bristol, Somerset, England

Explore buzzy, forward-thinking Bristol from this base right on the city's harbourside. Visit museums, galleries and independent shops. Brunel's magnificent suspension bridge is close, and the Somerset's rolling hills within striking distance.
133 beds (dorms, private rooms, some en-suite)

Dorms from £15; private rooms from £45

YHA Eden Project, Cornwall, England

Bed down in converted shipping containers in this fabulous eco-friendly hostel in the heart of the wonderful Eden Project. There's camping and bell tents available in the summer months, too. You're just a few minutes' walk to all the attractions.
234 beds in converted shipping containers. Campsite.

From £29 per person

YHA National Forest, Derbyshire, England

Located at the Conkers visitor centre, this is a great base for budget, family-friendly breaks. There are walking and cycling routes galore, and a lovely café on site. Archery, birds of prey handling and llama trekking nearby.
23 triples and dorm rooms

Dorms from £9.50

YHA Edale, Derbyshire, England

Not only is this YHA one of the highest residences in the Peak District (fab views on all sides), but they run a great range of family-friendly activity breaks: have a go at archery, caving, canoeing and abseiling. Cycling and walking trails abound.
157 beds

Dorms from £13; private rooms from £29

Astraka Refuge, near Megalo Papigo, Greece

A family-run hikers’ hostel three hours’ walk from Megalo Papigo that’s great for outdoor activites such as hiking and rock climbing on Mount Timfi. Yet non-walkers will also appreciate the extraordinary escapism and dramatic views.
50 beds in 4 mixed dormitories

Bunks from €12

YHA Truleigh Hill, Sussex, England

A quiet spot close to some fabulous walking and cycling routes and spectacular views. The hostel is set in the South Downs National Park, just inland from the coastal towns of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and Worthing. Lovely grounds to relax in.
56 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29

Blaxhall YHA

YHA Blaxhall, Suffolk, England

At the heart of a Suffolk village on the edge of Blaxhall Heath surrounded by wildlife and beautiful countryside you will find dog friendly YHA Blaxhall. Perfect for bird watching, cycling and walking or indulge in the local delicious sea food.
40 beds: 1x3, 2x4, 2x6, 1x6 es plus dorm beds and campsite

Prices from: £13 - £29 (dorm beds - 6 bed room)

YHA Okehampton

YHA Okehampton, Dartmoor, England

This handy hostel has two sites – the original Goods Shed, next to Okehampton Railway Station, and Bracken Tor. Both sites offer a range of bunk rooms, some with private bathrooms, plus drying rooms, catering and dinning facilities and camping areas.
Sleeps 34 in bunks and en suite rooms

Beds from £14.50, private rooms from £24.

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel, Langdale Valley, Lake District

A 38 bed hostel in the heart of the Lake District, Langdale Valley is the perfect base for cycling, walking and climbing. A cost effective option for groups or families and perfect for individuals looking for self-catering or home cooking in comfort.
38 rooms

from £15

YHA Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England

Nestled in the Dorset hillside, this seaside timber retreat is just a one-mile walk away from Lulworth Cove and the South West Coast Path, and is the perfect place for discovering Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the historic Lulworth Castle.
34 beds in total. Camping space for up to 12 people.

From £20 for a single dorm bed - up to £90 for a private family room sleeping up to 6 people.

YHA Ilam Hall, Derbyshire, England

A characterful 17th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 84 acres of National Trust-owned parkland. Endless walking and cycling, and fantastic limestone gorge scenery on your doorstep. Pretty Ilam is worth exploring, too.
118 beds/25 rooms (dorms and family rooms)

Dorms from £13; private rooms from £29

Impressive architecture of the exterior of Pop' Hotel, Avignon

Pop' Hostel, Avignon, France

This bright and vibrant hostel doesn't just offer good value and a central location - it's also great for socialising, with a bar serving regional wines and tapas and a communal lounge area with a library of resources to help you plan your stay.
22 rooms - dorms and private rooms available

Dorm beds from €15; private double rooms from €50

Exterior of Aviemore Youth Hostel

Aviemore Youth Hostel, Cairngorms, Scotland

Everything you'd expect from a hostel for outdoor enthusiasts - a well-equipped kitchen, large dining area and drying room, ideally located in the centre of Aviemore. The stunning panoramic views from the lounge will inspire you to get out there.
100 beds - rooms for 2 to 6 people

Dorm beds from £17, twin rooms from £45

Outdoor eating area

YHA Dartmoor, Devon, England

A rural, comfortable, dog-friendly, child-friendly retreat, perfect for family rambles and adventure days out with little ones. You're surrounded by open moorland and dense forest, with a network of cycling and walking paths on the doorstep.
35 beds

Dorms from £18

Monkton Wyld Court exterior

Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset, England

A welcoming B&B and campsite, amid rolling hills and within walking distance of the Jurassic coast. Visitors return time and again, secure in the knowledge that the hosts are doing everything they can to make their stay a green and relaxing one.
14 rooms comprising singles, doubles, twins, family + dorms

£35/45 single, £70 double/twin, £99 triple and hostel accommodation at £20 - all prices are per night

Slack House Farm exterior

Slack House Farm, North Pennines, England

Simple, clean and comfortable accommodation on this organic working farm in the North Pennines. Situated within the ‘Heart of Hadrian’s Wall’, this is an ideal location for lovers of walking, cycling, horse riding and pony trekking.
3: each sleeps 6-10, 5 and 3 people respectively

£15 per person per night

YHA Eyam, Derbyshire, England

This tiny turreted castle perched on a hillside above the historic village of Eyam was built in 1887 and opened as a hostel in 1972. Superb location with great views, restaurant onsite and family-friendly activities on your doorstep.
60 beds/14 rooms

Dorms from £13.50; private rooms from £29

Centrally located YHA London Central

YHA London Central, London, England

YHA London Central is modern, but affordable, and just five minutes from Oxford Street. Close to all public transport there is a bar, cafe and self-catering facilities, a sitting room with wifi. Perfect for all your family's sightseeing needs.
56 rooms ranging from doubles to dorm rooms

Price from £18 per person per night

Deepdale Tipi

Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, Norfolk, UK

Award winning, eco friendly, self-catering, backpackers' paradise of a hostel and campsite on the Norfolk Coast. This beautiful village by the sea is designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty" - the driest, warmest, sunniest region in the UK.
Mixed private & dorm, Campsite, Tipis, Yurts, Shepherds huts

from £12.

YHA Youlgreave, Derbyshire, England

Originally built as a Co-op in 1887, YHA Youlgreave is a small but perfectly formed little hostel in the stunning White Peak region. Walking, cycling, watersports, and Chatsworth House within striking distance. Limestone gorges beg exploration.
42 beds/9 rooms (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £18.50

YHA Earls Court street view

YHA London Earls Court, London, England

YHA London Earls Court easy to find and a convenient base for a cheap city break for guests. Situated on an affluent residential street, the hostel is a gorgeous 186 room Victorian building and benefits from a courtyard garden. Self-catering and bar.
186 rooms, from doubles to dorms

Price from £17 per person per night

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