Hostellers will be able to take their dogs to 13 properties booked exclusively

Hostellers will be able to take their dogs to 13 properties booked exclusively

Youth hostellers in England and Wales will be able to take their dogs with them at selected sites.

But anyone wishing their pooch to accompany them will have to book the whole property for the night.

YHA (England and Wales) introduced a dog-friendly policy for people camping or using cabins in the grounds of certain sites last year. The charity is extending the facility to 13 exclusive-hire hostels which it says have been chosen for their dog-friendly surroundings which include plenty of outdoor space and walking routes.

The 13 properties are mainly in national parks or coastal sites.

Hostellers will be charged £30 per dog for the duration of the stay. Exclusive-stay hostels can be booked from £99 upwards per night, the charity said. The properties are available to hire all year round and can accommodate between 18 and 77 guests.

Chief executive Caroline White said: “I am delighted that we are able to make a stay at YHA more accessible to families and friends.

“We have selected 13 wonderful properties the length and breadth of England and Wales at which to welcome dogs. It’s a great opportunity for people to stay with us and explore some of the country’s beautiful scenery.”

YHA Broad Haven is one of the hostels included

YHA Broad Haven is one of the hostels included

Dog owners will have to abide by YHA’s doggy code of conduct, written last year when it began offering dog owners the option of bringing their animals to more than 40 camping and cabin locations.

Hostels in the scheme are: Dartmoor, Street, Ennerdale, Eskdale, Langdon Beck, Helmsley, Nine Banks, Broad Haven, Manorbier, Eastbourne, Blaxhall, Milton Keynes and Thurlby.

More details are on the YHA (England and Wales) website.

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