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Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) is a network of 350 hostels, bunkhouses, camping barns and bothies across England, Wales and Scotland. IHUK's handbook The Independent Hostel Guide is printed annually and this website give details of all the accommodation in the network and holiday ideas as weekly blogs. Follow our facebook, instagram and twitter to keep in touch.
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Outdoor education centres are closed and hostels are missing out on a significant client in schools.  These closures are due to the Government preventing schools from undertaking any overnight trips now and throughout the current academic year.

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Save Outdoor Education Centres & Support Hostels

National Trust Basecamp

A National Trust Basecamp is a bunkhouse offering simple self catering accommodation, not only for groups of volunteers taking part in conservation work but also for other groups looking to escape to the country.

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National Trust Basecamp

Group Hostels

Groups seeking value accommodation will find a huge variety of places to stay with the Independent Hostels UK network (IHUK) of over 300 houses, cottages, camping barns and bunkhouses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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accommodation at group hostels

Isle of Purbeck Reunion of Old Friends

We started our walk, straight from the David Donaldson Field Studies Base out along the coast path of the Isle of Purbeck. As soon as we reached the sea at Deadmans Bay we got held up by the hundreds of fossils set in the mud stone. The weather was so hot that the children swam and everyone waded out into the water to see the fossils set in the seabed.

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Lake District Camping Barns

The Lake District has been a popular holiday destination for over 100 years and as a National Park is protected from over-development. However you can still stay in some of the most isolate and protected locations by using the Lake District camping barns.

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Lake district camping barns view

Bird Watching breaks

Independent Hostels, Bunk Houses and Camping Barns are useful resources for bird watching breaks – not only do they offer great value, but are also in many of the quieter remote areas and they particularly welcome bird watchers.

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Bird Watching breaks