Earby Hostel


Earby Friends of Nature House,
9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire BB18 6JX


You are invited to consider a stay in this beautiful historic cottage in the peaceful village of Earby, Lancashire. Take a look at the following information about the house and if you need any further advice please do not hesitate to contact me.


The House:
Earby is a cosy cottage with a picturesque garden, stream and waterfall close to the Pennine Way. It is an ideal stop for the Pennine Way Walker, as a base for local day hikes and for cyclists and those interested in the countryside and local heritage. It is particularly suited to individuals, families and small groups. Recently refurbished, the hostel has central heating throughout and a warm feeling of homeliness.
Opening hours:
Reception is open from 7.00am to 10.00am and from 5.00pm to 11.00pm. A conservatory and lounge are open all day to provide wet weather shelter and a place to sit and rest. Hot drinks are available and there is access to the drying room and toilet. Many people just sit and enjoy the peace and beauty of the garden!
Open Season:
Open daily from 1 week before Easter until the beginning of November. During winter we are open for sole-use bookings by arrangement in advance.
22 beds in 1x2, 2x6 and 1x8 bed rooms. All bedding is provided. Each room has a wash basin. There are 3 showers and 3 toilets.
Earby is a self-catering House so guests have the choice of either using our kitchen facilities or taking meals and breakfast in one of the several pubs and restaurants in the village. The nearby Red Lion Pub offers great food and huge portions at very reasonable prices and is very popular with walkers.

The guests' kitchen is very well equipped with 2 gas hobs, a domestic sized cooker with double oven, large combi microwave, and 2 fridge freezers. All cooking utensils are provided. There is room to seat 18 in the dining areas.
Tea and coffee are provided in return for a donation.
We have 2 lounges with comfortable seating, additional gas fires and a small library. There are board games and cards for the evenings.
There is a small shop in the House. It does not sell provisions, but the Co-op supermarket in the village is open until 10 pm Monday - Saturday and until 9 pm on Sundays.
Car parking:
We have a parking area suitable for 10 cars behind the hostel. For the benefit of our neighbours, you are asked not to park in the street.
Other facilities:
A drying room with electric heater and de-humidifier. A payphone for national and international calls (01282 841649). A lockable cycle shed.
For the comfort of all our guests smoking is not permitted anywhere in the House.
Additional information (and see further information below):
Earby has an interesting museum of Lead Mining, housed in the old Grammar School. The Leeds to Liverpool canal passes nearby and narrow boats can be hired for the day. Wycoller Country Park is close by and the historic market town of Skipton (with its ancient castle and a stopping point on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway) is just 8 miles away.
The walker and cyclist are spoilt for choice with miles of footpaths and quiet lanes to explore in the local countryside of Pendle and the nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Historic York is a comfortable drive away and Bradford and Leeds with their profusion of art galleries, museums and theatres are also accessible. Bus and train timetables are available at reception and we will be happy to help you plan your routes.


Local Attractions and Activities

Beautiful Countryside, Castles, Steam Engines
Canals, Working Mills and Miles of Quiet Lanes...
** Earby Friends of Nature House has It All **

Walking and Cycling:
*  Earby FoN House is a popular stopping point on the Pennine Way National Trail, the oldest and longest (268 miles/425km) of our long distance trails and which follows the rugged backbone of England, from the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian's Wall to Scotland. Amongst the finest upland walking in England with miles of empty spaces, quiet villages and panoramic views. True "BIG SKY COUNTRY"! Details and guidebooks here and click on "Pennine Way".

*  Miles of local footpaths to explore from the doorstep of Earby.

*  The Pennine Cycleway passes nearby on it's way from Derbyshire to Northumberland. For full details click here, or click here for details of ALL the cycle routes in England.

*  Earby FoN House is an ideal base for exploring the countryside and attractions by bicycle or public transport.
Some local attractions and places of interest
to whet your appetite:

*  Bancroft Mill Engine. (3 miles) A working cotton mill steam engine built by the aptly named James Nutter! Buy a towel woven on their loom. Run by volunteers. For steaming dates check here. It also has links to other related sites in area.
*  Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum (Earby) Our own museum in the village largely focuses on the evolution of lead mining in the Dales area. There is a tea room and full disabled facilities. Open: Wed/Sat/Sun 11am - 5pm (March - October) plus Bank Holidays. Details here.

*  Queen Street Textile Museum (9 miles) Experience the thrill of steam and the deafening sounds of real working looms at Lancashire's last 19th century steam powered mill. You'll soon discover why weavers learned to lip read! Details here. There's a great tea room too!

*  Embsay & Bolton Steam Railway (9 miles) Always a favourite with the children. Regular "Thomas" and "themed" events. Details here

*  Skipton Castle (7 miles) One of the most complete medieval castles in England despite enduring a three-year siege in the Civil War. Less bloody today as visitors can enjoy the tranquil tea room in the grounds! Details here.

*  Bolton Abbey (12 miles) Take the steam train from Embsay or park at the Abbey for wonderful walks and picnics by the mighty River Wharfe. See the bluebells of Strid Wood and explore the Gorge and Lovers Leap. And then there is the Cavendish Tea Rooms... Details here.

*  Gawthorpe Hall (11 Miles) A wonderful Elizabethan Gem set amongst tranquil grounds in the heart of Lancashire. Details here.

Activities and Events:
*  Pendle Walking Festival 2013
The annual Walking Festival this year takes place between Saturday August 31st and Sunday 8th September. Walks to suit individuals, families and all ages and abilities. A selection of walks now start/end at the Hostel. This has now become the UK's premier Walking Festival. Download the full programme as a pdf document by from this page.

*  What's On in Pendle and Lancashire...? Click here for a PDF giving details of all events, suggested walks and places of interest. For Lancashire in general click here.


How to find us:
OS Grid Ref: SD 915 469 - OS 1:25,000 Explorer Map OL21 - OS 1:50,000 Landranger Map 103
Geo-Coordinates:  53.918086  -2.0130631

The house is in the village of Earby (off the A56 Skipton-Colne road) and 300m beyond the Red Lion Pub. The Skipton to Burnley bus service is hourly and drops off to within 1/2 mile of the hostel. The nearest railway stations are Colne (5 miles) and Skipton (8 miles).

Reservations and Enquiries:
E-mail enquiries to: earby@naturefriends.org.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1282 842349 (answerphone during closed periods)
By Post: 9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire BB18 6JX

location googlemap

NFI treeline



Updated - Friday, 3 March 2017