Featuring Hostels, YHA Hostels & Bunkhouses in England, Scotland & Wales

Independent Hostels offer ideal accommodation for groups, families and individuals involved in outdoor activities and independent travel.

Camping Barns: simple stone tents

Would you like to go camping but want more than just a tent over your head?  Why not try a camping barn?  These brick & mortar tent alternatives offer simple accommodation with a communal area to prepare your meals, relax and sleep. Even the simplest camping barns offer running water and a flush toilet.  There is a sleeping platform to lay your sleeping roll, tables and chairs, and a safe area for you to use your camping stove.  Many barns have a wood burning stove to gather around in the evening.  The more developed barns have mattresses or bunks, showers and cooking facilities. You’ll need to remember to bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes, walking boots and a torch.

Camping Barns in & around England & Wales

These simple barns, created to provided shelter for walkers and cyclists, were originally the idea of the YHA, although they were owned and run independently.   In 2017 the YHA stopped supporting all the camping barns.  This was part of a wider closure of hostels, here are details of other Ex-YHA accommodation. These barns which have quietly provided shelter for many guests over the years, had brought income and new faces into what were often isolated rural communities.  It is great to know that for many of them this is not the end of the story and they are continuing  to provide simple accommodation to enable everyone to enjoy the countryside.

Lakeland Camping Barns

Around 10 years ago a group of YHA camping barns in the Lake District joined together to form a local marketing group, Lakeland Camping Barns. Moving away from the services provided by the YHA, Lakeland Barns produced their own marketing and online booking system.  It has been a story of great success. Lakeland Barns have worked with the Independent Hostels network for many years, sometimes sharing stands at shows and festivals. A list of their member barns is shown below