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The Dog Backpacker's Adventure Dog Blog

Find out what Alpha, Bravo and Team Dog Backpacker are up to and be inspired to start your own adventures!

Explore for miles in the southern slopes of Swaledale

Explore for miles in the southern slopes of Swaledale

Nestling yourself at this hidden gem

With so much landscape to be emmersed in, along with some Yorkshire history you'll have endless days of exploration here with your dog.

We love adventure and we love being able to rough it a little sometimes, and other times we go as far as upgrading to a camping pod, and this was our choice of accommodation for this getaway. Although being surrounded by some acres of land, that accompany Grinton Youth Hostel, there is always the option to camp.

We were spoilt for choice for the amount of walks that you can explore on, we headed out everyday straight outside the front door, you just didn't need to drive to find the beauty spots as you are already in one. If you like a bit of history it is worth a walk to the old Grinton Smelt Mine. If you are stuck for ideas the hostel can point you to a few good walks.

The location is idylic escape, birds singing in the morning, star gazing from your tent or outside your pod in the evening. The 'pod village' has a fire pit  and also a BBQ, however, if you do want more options of cooking there is the use of the self catering kitchen or a short walk to the village pub! Facilities wise, there are toilets and showers also available for anyone camping or staying in the pods, this is only a short walk away from the pod village. The youth hostel itself also offers food and drink.

They have pods which sleep two humans and other that sleep four, all bedding is provided (we always take our own) they are basic and very comfortable, we believe this is all you need if you are on an adventure holiday!

Grinton Youth Hostel is in a fantastic location, you can explore for miles around and it is a walkers paradise, which also means that it a great doggy walking adventure holiday!  Alpha and Bravo loved the freedom to explore, the crashing out in the evenings and seeing chickens for the first time.

When out with your dog, we advise to be careful in grouse breeding season, grouse nest on the ground so it is advised to keep dogs on the lead during this time. 

We stumbled upon this Grinton Youth Hostel, the value for money for adventure is second to none and the staff are so friendly and helpful. This is one place that we will be returning to visit, we loved it that much!

For more details check out their website


The Dog Backpackers dog friendly guide for this area will be coming soon

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