things to do

Local events, places to visit and more


pennine way signpost
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

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 skipton
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 inflatables
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!

Family Cycle Zone 2019 Bolton Abbey Estate
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 – earby

Humble Pie is a great little cafe in Earby serving fresh homemade savoury and sweet food, hot chocolates, tea and coffee and more.


Really good restaurant serving fantastic Indian food and does a great take away if you would prefer to eat at the hostel.

The Craven heifer – kelbrook

Located a short drive or a nice walk from Earby Hostel, the Craven heifer offers delicious food and local drinks.

Jade Palace Cantonese restaurant – earby

Jade Palace is an Earby institute and has been serving traditional Cantonese food since 1983. We can contact them to book you a table if you are a large group, or want to be guaranteed a table.

red lion pub earby
The red lion pub – earby

Located in the heart of Earby, the Red Lion is a friendly pub, the perfect place to enjoy a pint of local ale, or to watch some sport on the big screens. There’s often live music too.

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.


We love Elsworth Kitchen in Skipton for their platters, beautiful breakfasts, healthy options and fine dining on a weekend evening.


Skipton Castle
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 ruins
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!