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Low visitors mark end for hostel
A remote youth hostel is to close its doors because it is not attracting enough visitors.

The Dentdale hostel in Cumbria lies at the head of a valley and is five miles from the nearest village.

The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) said the 41-bed hostel has only been a quarter full on average this year and that is not enough to sustain it.

It now plans to work with other providers in the area to provide accommodation under the YHA licence.

YHA regional manager Dave Waugh said: "It is in a very remote location. It's at the head of a valley with very restricted access.

Need modernising

"It has to be said in many respects it is actually an idyllic location if you want to get away from it all.

"But our problem is that too many people are finding it difficult to get here and as a result our occupancy levels are now down to 25% which is far too low to sustain the operation."

Mr Waugh said it had always been a "lightly-used" hostel but the association was now facing the situation where it had to modernise its network.

He said: "We have got so many youth hostels in great locations but they do need maintaining, they do need modernising.

"And when we have got youth hostels with only that level of usage we have to ask ourselves 'Is that the best place to have our money invested?'."

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