Shared dormitories and bathroom facilities will be a thing of the past at a youth hostel in one of the most visited villages in the country.

In their place will be state-of-the-art single rooms, en-suite facilities, more family accommodation and better services for disabled people.

It is all down to a £262,000 cash windfall to revamp and modernise Haworth Youth Hostel.

The money is a share of £13.5 million being pumped into the service across England and Wales.

Haworth is one of 37 hostels to be modernised and where more money will be invested into staff training.

A YHA spokesman said: "The aim is to improve facilities and where possible fit en-suite - that is what people are requiring, what they demand."

At Haworth the work would also involve constructing two family rooms and a "wheelchair friendly" room to make access easy for disabled people.

Improvements would also be made to fixtures and fittings.

It is aimed to start the project over the winter period later this year.

The cash boost comes two years after the association axed 32 of its hostels - but promised more investment in the future.

Chief executive Roger Clarke said: "It's all about improving the experience for guests who choose to stay with YHA and that means investing in our staff and our buildings.

"We've already started refurbishment projects and major training programmes and are ready to push ahead with the next batch of investments in places where people really want to stay. Some people were disappointed when we announced 32 closures two years ago but we promised at the time it was a means to an end."

He said Haworth was among schemes in excess of £250,000 and the improvement programme also included Arundel, in Sussex, Coalport, in Shropshire, Coverack, in Cornwall, Port Eynon, in South Wales, Salcombe, in Devon, and St Briavel's Castle, in Gloucestershire.

Among new hostels to be built would be a £4.3 million flagship service in Central London, which is due to open shortly.