Nestled in the Cot Valley, just a few miles north of Land’s End, Land’s End Youth Hostel feels remote and peaceful whilst being well placed for exploring all that is on offer in this part of Cornwall.
We’ve stayed in many youth hostels, Mr B and I. For the kids, it’s relatively new. They’ve stayed at YHA Manchester, although that was a while ago now and I remember a very sleepless night. Eldest remembers the pool table. One of the things I like about staying in youth hostels is the chance to meet people, to share stories and recommendations of what to do, chatting whilst cooking or over a beer in the evening.Plus its a great way for us to get away when we’re not quite hardy enough to camp.
So it was that we wound our way along the lanes to the Cot Valley after a busy day visiting the nearby Geevor Tin Mine and Levant Mine. As Mr B and I were ready to put our feet up, the kids were just notching up the excitement at arriving somewhere new with bunk beds! Cue running and screaming around the place from room to room.
The self catering kitchen was clean and well equipped with space for a few people to be cooking at once. There was a dining room/bar/lounge area overlooking the garden with the Atlantic Ocean framed at the end of the valley. Outside there was space to play and footpaths from the door.
We took our own food for the evening, breakfast and a picnic the next day. All of this is available at the hostel (plus a licenced bar) but it helped us to be flexible and frugal!
You can see photos below of our private room with ensuite (£59, prices fluctuate). It was warm and clean, beds were made, towels available at an extra cost. There are dormitory beds available and camping in the garden with use of the hostel facilities.
If you’re not familiar with the youth hostel routine – you’re asked to strip the beds on the day you leave and leave the linen at reception. The kids enjoyed this task, taking one pillow case at a time. This kept them busy for a while.
After tea we took a walk down the Cot Valley to the sea, spotting the scars and remains of mine workings as we went. This is one of the real benefits of staying here; the beautiful countryside and proximity to some of the most scenic parts of the south west coast path.
We would certainly consider staying here again when we return to explore more of what West Penwith has to offer.
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