Peak District youth hostel sold to college

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A Peak District youth hostel has been sold to a college who will turn it into an outdoor education centre.

Gradbach Mill Youth Hostel, an 18th century mill, has been bought by Newcastle-Under-Lyme College.

Near to the Roaches and Flash and just off the A53 road between Buxton and Leek, the property was put on the market by the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) because its income was declining and profits from the sale were needed to invest in other YHA properties.

Craig Hodgson, Newcastle-Under-Lyme College’s Vice Principal, said: “Gradbach Mill will provide a beautiful setting for our students and youngsters from partner schools to enjoy experiential and outdoor learning.

“We also believe Gradbach will be a great asset to the wider community who can benefit from using the mill as a residential training centre.”

The college plans to renovate and refurbish the property, which includes the mill, a stone-built farmhouse and staff accommodation, in the first half of 2014.

Gradbach Mill Youth Hostel was advertised for sale by informal tender earlier this year with a guide price of £350,000.

The Youth Hostel Association’s investment plans for 2013, which were announced in April, confirmed Gradbach would be sold.