YOUTH hostels are to get a £50m revamp.

New sites will be built and £20m of the cash will be spent on improving existing sites, including Crowden Youth Hostel, in the Peak District National Park near Woodhead.

The investment is part of a 10-year plan to modernise the Youth Hostelling Association's budget accommodation.

There was a review of all 220 British YHA hostels and 32 of the less popular or unprofitable ones will close over the next three years.

YHA chief executive Roger Clarke said: "Our strategy is all about providing great experiences for our guests, with great accommodation in great locations.

"Now we are ready to deliver on that promise."

The YHA provides accommodation for 750,000 overnight stays by visitors every year. It is also popular with schools, colleges and youth groups.

A total of 500,000 overnight stays are made each year by foreign visitors from 80 different countries.

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