Ex-YHA Camping Barns

Ex YHA Camping Barns in England & Wales

Would you like to go camping but want more than just a tent over your head?  Why not try an ex YHA 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.

Ex YHA Camping Barns in and around England and Wales

These simple camping barns have quietly provided shelter for walkers, cyclists and tourists over the years, supported with their marketing by the YHA.  The camping barn guests have brought income and new faces into what are often isolated rural communities.  It is great to know that for these ex YHA camping barns this is not the end of the story and they will continue to provide simple accommodation despite the removal of support by the YHA.

STOP PRESS:  Last minute extension by the YHA for five camping barns

Taddington, Alstonefield and Puttenham Camping Barns,and Dolgoch and Tyn Cornel Hostels have all received last minute extensions from the YHA, who will continue to market their accommodation until 30th May 2017. After 30th May these hostels and camping barns will remain open and welcoming guests as part of the Independent Hostels network.  All the barns and hostels listed on this page are open and welcoming guests now and into the future.  They are all part of the Independent Hostel network.

We have heard that the YHA are selling the iconic simple Hostel ” Woodys Top ” in the Lincolnshire Wolds. This gorgeous little hostels is surrounded by the quiet lanes and rolling landscape of the wolds. Wouldn’t it be great if someone bought it to run as an Independent Hostel ?

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 Outdoors shows.   A list of their member barns is shown below

Ex YHA Hostels and Ex SYHA Hostels in England, Wales and Scotland

Camping barns are not the only form of YHA accommodation which now operate independent of the YHA.   Many YHA bunkhouses and YHA hostels, no longer in the YHA network, are now operating as Independent Hostels.  In many cases these are youth hostels that the YHA put up for sale or terminated the lease of.  Individuals, families and local interest groups have taken on these properties and opened their doors once more as Independent Hostels.