things to do

Local events, places to visit and more


The pennine way

If you’re a walker, you can’t come to Earby and not make your way along part of The Pennine Way. many of our guests are stopping for the night as they complete the full 268 miles!

The Pennine Way National Trail is a 268 mile (429 Km) walking route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. It crosses some of the finest upland landscapes in England, from the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviots.

It was the very first National Trail, opened on 24th April 1965, and remains one of the most famous.


the yorkshire three peaks

The ultimate Yorkshire hiking challenge. The Yorkshire Three peaks are Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and cover around 25 miles, with 1585m (5200ft) of ascent.

The challenge is to cover the distance in under 12 hours, and we’re under an hour away from the various starting points, so ideal if you need a place to stay before or after your challenge.

Looking for a more leisurely way to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks? Make a weekend of it! You could climb a peak a day, or 2 peaks one day and the 3rd peak the next.

Organised Challenges

You can join an organised challenge with Three Peaks Challenge. Find out more on their website.

Self-Organised Challenge

You can download a Yorkshire Three Peaks e-nook from Think Adventure if you want to organise your own challenge.

malham cove

Malham Cove is a curving ampitheatre shaped cliff formation made from limestone. It has been featured on many TV programmes and films. The walk is enjoyable with good footpaths, and there’s a couple of good pubs in Malham to enjoy a local ale in once you’ve finished.


The Pennine Bridleway
The Pennine Bridleway

The Pennine Bridleway offers cyclists the opportunity to explore 205 miles of the Pennines’ ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways.

Read this brilliant blog by Rob Lee who cycled the Pennine Bridleway out and back unsupported in just under 27 hours. Rob’s Blog

Gisburn Forest

Cycling and mountain biking trails at Gisburn Forest and Stocks: Whether you’ve just bought your first bike or you’re happy shredding through rock gardens, Gisburn Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

tour de yorkshire

The annual Tour De Yorkshire which has taken place every year since 2015, a year after the Tour De France started here in 2014. This year you can join the sportive on 5th May. Look at the route and sign up here:

The Great Tour of Pendle

View The Official Route PDF

The ‘Grand Tour of Pendle’ Cycle Route will take you through rugged Pennine
moorland, and on towards the rural splendour of the Ribble Valley before returning
amidst the industrial heritage of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Corridor.

Not for beginners!


thornton park 2
THORNTON HALL COUNTRY PARK “Experience hands on animal encounters on our traditional working farm, hitch a ride in our 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in our country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in our huge fun filled Wizzick Play Barn… a fun filled, informative family day out, RAIN OR SHINE!”
Raven tree top adventure

Raven Tree Top Adventure is a high ropes adventure course aimed at both adults and children over 7 years old (Please note this is an approximate age only and is dependent on the child and adult supervising). Use zip lines, suspended bridges, balance beams, high wires and lots of other features to complete the exhilarating woodland tour.

Hesketh Farm Park Logo

One of the region’s most popular visitor attractions. This working farm has diversified to become an open farm with a huge amount of interactive animal sessions such as guinea pig brushing, lamb and calf feeding, egg collecting and donkey brushing. There’s loads for kids to do inside and out, and you can take your own picnic!

billy bobs

Billy Bob’s is an American style diner with a great men; think fluffy pancakes, waffles, hot dogs and BBQ. The ice cream parlour has tons of flavours and there’s a large outdoor play area and play barns which are covered. If you’re an adults-only group then enjoy your meal in the 13+ restaurant.

craven leisure swimming pool inflatables

Every weekend and more often during the school holidays, a huge inflatable assault course lands in Craven Swimming Pool.  So much fun for the kids and adults too!

Bolton Abbey Estate

Join the Welly Walk, paddle in the river, picnic with the ducks or visit the Strid!

Seasonal themed walks and events, cafes and coffee shops all available.

Food and drink

humble pie cafe
humble pie cafe

Open Wednesday to Sunday 9-3, Humble Pie serves a comforting, home cooked breakfast, lunch, coffee and cakes. It’s an Earby Hostel favourite! Roast beef, onions, gravy and Yorkshire pudding wraps… It’s always a winner and only a 15 minute walk from the hostel. 


Musafir is an Indian which is also in walking distance of the hostel. It is perfect for date night or a special occasion. The food is really excellent, the staff are friendly and the prices are very reasonable. Win win win! They also do deliveries!

The Craven Arms

Craven Arms is a lovely pub a 5 minute drive away. They use locally sourced ingredients and cook everything from scratch. They serve cosy and comforting meals and do a great Sunday roast.

Cobble kitchen

Cobble Kitchen – offers free local delivery of their soulful, seasonal and local food. This is available Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays) within 7 miles of Skipton. Order via their Facebook page or our contact form at the bottom of their site. All orders require at least 24 hours’ notice and are subject to availability, so booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment!


The Hare and Hound

The Hare and Hound in Lotherdale is a 10 minute drive away. Alternatively walk to it via the Pennine Way. It is a village pub that will always give you a warm welcome. They have a great selection of real ales and a cosy atmosphere. A perfect pub after a big walk!


Palomino’s serves wood fired pizza from their pop up truck most Thursdays in Thornton Church lay-by. It is a real hidden gem. Check their Facebook to confirm times and pre-booking a slot is advisable as it often sells out – as a testament to how good it is!


Phoebe’s is a dog friendly bistro in nearby Skipton. Their food is beautifully plated, you’ll be snapping a quick photo before you tuck in. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so take your pick!

The tempest arms

The Tempest arms is a 10 minute drive away. It is a newly refurbished 17th Century dog-friendly Inn and restaurant. It is a charming building and the menu has lots of kid friendly choices. They use lots of seasonal produce and their Sunday lunch is particularly good.


Rani’s is an Indian takeaway in Earby. Their head chef has 44 years of experience in making incredible Indian food – and it shows! Their food is really yummy and can be delivered straight to the hostel. It is also in walking distance of the hostel, so you have the option of evening walk in preparation for devouring an Indian for dinner.

The Punch Bowl

The Punch Bowl is within walking distance of the hostel, it’s great to go for an evening meal, especially if you arrive at the hostel late in the evening and don’t want to cook! It serves classic “pub grub” from lunch to evening. There is also a large beer garden with a play area and parking. They also put on a variety of events, so you might catch some live music too! Dog friendly

The Red Lion

There is a Red Lion pub just a stones throw from Earby hostel that do an excellent selection of real ales. It’s a popular spot for beer lovers. It’s a “proper pub” with a cosy log burner, low beamed lounge and convivial tap room.


skipton castle

One of the best preserved medieval castles in England at over 900 years old. Open most days with several special events throughout the year, such as tournament re-enactments. Definitely worth a visit.

bolton abbey priory church & ruins

The ruins of the Augustinian Priory and the Priory Church itself offer an insight into the history of Bolton Abbey during the dissolution of the monasteries. Inside the church there are fine examples of stained glass windows and artwork.

clitheroe castle
clitheroe castle museum

Clitheroe Castle has dominated the skyline of Clitheroe for over 800 years. The museum is a fun place to explore for kids and offers a great insight into the history of the area for any history-lovers!