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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, twitter, pintrerest, Google plus and YouTube to keep in touch.

Skiddaw House : A snow odyssey

On Friday the 22nd of March, gale force winds started, combined with snowfalls, which were horizontal and relentless for 4 days over Skiddaw. The result was huge snowdrifts on the access track, making it impossible to get in and out of Skiddaw House hostel for 3 weeks.

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skiddaw wild at skiddaw house

Thorney How Hostel

When we woke the next morning we were amazed with the countryside views from our room! We couldn’t wait to get out and explore the area around Thorney How Hostel.

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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

Astronomy at Hardraw

I would recommend this trip to anyone. You see a delightful area of England, breathe real fresh air, hardly any road noise and, when the weather is kind, Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse is an excellent location for observing and make lots of new friends.

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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