Blakedean Scout Hostel - sleeps 24 in bunk bed accommodation
The hostel is situated in the Pennine Hills, on the borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire (seven miles from Hebden Bridge and ten miles from Todmorden). Blakedean Hostel is owned by the Pennine Calder Scout District. Forty years ago it was converted from a nonconformist chapel Sunday School. The centrally heated building has been renovated specifically to suit youth groups and sleeps 24 in bunk bed accommodation. Overlooking a local beauty spot where moorland streams meet, the scope for activities on the adjacent moors is endless.
The Pennine Way footpath is only minutes from the door and offers superb walks over the moors. A pleasant hike northwards along the Pennine Way over Stanbury Moor takes you past Top Withens ("Wuthering Heights" in Emily Brontes Novel) and on to Haworth Village, home of the Bronte family and the Worth Valley steam railway.
Suitable for: mountain biking, incident hikes, rock climbing, hiking, geo-caching, river games, wide games, river walks, bird watching, nature and bivouacing.
Not suitable for: late night parties.
History enthusiasts will be rewarded by web searches for "Blakedean Baptist Chapel", "Tough Times in Dawson City", "The Green Lady of Blakedean" and "Blakedean Railway" - which reveal many interesting tales.
The large common room is fitted with a wood burning stove, which gives the room a focal point for cosy evenings in front of the fire (n.b. you would need to supply your own wood for the fire).
There is a kitchen area housing an oven hob, bain mane, microwave, toaster, fridge freezer and equipment to cook and serve basic meals for 24 people.
The ground floor toilet block has separate male/female toilets and washrooms with a large adjoining shower room. Upstairs the sleeping accommodation consists of two dormitories sleeping ten in each and two leaders rooms.
Heating is provided by an oil fired boiler working on a timer. This also heats the water. Electricity is on a meter so bring £1 coins for this.
Out and about the property has a large grassed area suitable for ball games, a camp fire area, assembly yard and car park with additional parking opposite. The campsite is suitable for D of E Award.
There is a boot room with storage for walking boots, coats etc.
There is no mobile phone reception at the hostel - there is a payphone in the hostel.
Booking the Hostel
Hostel fees: Price on application to the Booking Secretary.
Availability: Please check availability by contacting the Booking Secretary (see below) and then download the Booking Form (PDF - new tab). Save and print the form.
Send the completed form and payment to:
Blakedean Hostel Booking Secretary
Lower Badger Cottage
All enquiries to:
the Booking Secretary:
Tel: 01422 844468
O.S. Outdoor Leisure Map 21. Grid Reference SD 958314
The nearest town is Hebden Bridge, which has plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, a post office, banks, railway station and garages. Further details can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre on 01422 843831 including advice on the many walks in the area.
Postal address: Blakedean Scout Hostel, Widdop Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7AT.