The spectacular National Parks in England, Scotland and Wales boast a wonderful selection of hostels and bunkhouses. These stunningly located buildings offer great value, flexible, accommodation to the many and varied visitors to the National Parks. Walkers, couples, families, groups of friends or families, clubs etc all enjoy the friendly atmosphere and communal ethos that hostels and bunkhouses offer.
Designate, 6 Rutland Street, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3GN
Set in the heart of the historic spar town of Matlock, these newly renovated ‘Glamping Rooms’ ooze style and comfort.
On site and available to guests, by prior arrangement, is Designate’s cosy bar with open fires, home cooked food and a fully licensed party venue complete with beach garden. The two rooms are self contained, each with a shower room, kitchenette and beds for up to 6 guests.
Thorney How, Off Helm Close & Easedale Rd, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QW
The Lake District became a World Heritage Site announced on 10th July 2017. Joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.
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Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HG
Situated in the village of Greenhead on both the Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall, the bunkhouse is ideal for walking the Pennine Way Trail or The Wall Path or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It has a self-catering kitchen big enough for large groups. The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. Greenhead hostel/ bunkhouse is run by Greenhead Hotel just over the road.
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Northumberland. NE48 2HR
Brown Rigg Guest Rooms near Bellingham in Northumberland National Park were opened in 2018 and offer a modern twist on the traditional hostel.
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Lawrenny Millennium Hostel, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0PW
Once a Victorian village school, the Lawrenny Hostel is superbly placed for exploring South Pembrokeshire. Warm, clean and comfortable, with modern facilities, the accommodation is ideal for individuals or groups, training courses or events. The adjoining village hall is also available to rent and there is a community shop, pub and an award-winning tearoom nearby.
Lion Street, Dolgellau, LL40 1DG
Just another good reason to take you and your loved ones to Dolgellau, with the majesty of Snowdonia on the doorstep and the stunning beauty of Barmouth just 9 miles away.
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Grange, Keswick, CA12 5XA
Bowderstone Bunkhouse is situated along the Borrowdale Valley by the famous Bowderstone – a massive boulder that has lain precariously on one side for the last 10,000 years! It has a kitchen, accessible shower room and communal area, plus running water, electricity and drainage, but linen and mattresses not provided. Please note, Bowderstone Bunkhouse is only for use by clubs, educational groups or other organisations such as the Scouts, as it is on National Trust land and has certain restrictions to its use.
Stybeck Farm, Thirlmere, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TN
Situated in Thirlmere at the foot of the Helvellyn mountains, close to Sticks Pass & the spectacular Fisher-Gill waterfall, the barn has direct access to numerous walks, hill & rock climbing. It is just off the A591 with local & national bus stops at the end of the lane. Accommodation consists of two rooms; a kitchen/diner with all the basic equipment & a 10 bed bunkroom (BYO sleeping bag). A pub serving meals is a short walk away. Perfect for quiet country retreats, but not suitable for noisy groups. No mobile phone signal or WiFi.
32 Tegid Street, Bala, LL23 7EL
Bala boasts the largest natural lake in Wales and lies within the Snowdonia National Park, which boasts the largest mountain in all of England and Wales.
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Parks Barn, Fremington, Richmond, Yorkshire Dales DL11 6AW
Dales Bike Centre, Swaledale, is the centre of cycling in Yorkshire! Home of the Ard Rock Enduro, en-route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart, the 2019 World Road Race Championship’s route, the Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way and loads of great cycling & mountain biking. On-site café, bike shop, MTB, road & e-bike hire, bike wash, workshop, drying room & lots of friendly advice. Close to 4 pubs & Reeth village.
Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA
Town Head Barn is a converted barn, located in Upper Wharfedale, in the small village of Buckden. The accommodation sleeps 13 in 4 rooms including a single leader’s room with en suite facilities.
Close (just 3.5 miles) to the village of Kettlewell with pubs and shops and with easy access to Buckden Pike which at 702m high is just waiting to be climbed. This is the perfect location for groups or families wanting to get away from it all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Owned and managed by the National Trust, Exmoor Bunkhouse is the perfect base for groups or families visiting Exmoor National Park. Located at Countisbury, the bunkhouse is close to the Watersmeet Valleys and the picturesque North Devon coastal villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.
Enjoy walking, horse riding or surfing on nearby Atlantic coast beaches. Larger groups can holiday together at nearby Butter Hill Barn, (also in this guide).
Chitcombe Farm, Huish Champflower, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 2EL
A small family farm in West Somerset on the edge of Exmoor, Chitcombe Farm provides inexpensive, basic, warm & dry accommodation. Perfect after a day hiking on Exmoor, or event training.
The Hay Barn, is a dormitory style open plan barn whilst The Cart Shed is an open plan chalet. Both have well equipped kitchens, bathroom with showers, seating areas and central heating. BYO pillows and sleeping bag.
Ramsgill, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 5RH
Exclusive hire in the stunning Nidderdale Valley overlooking Gouthwaite reservoir. The bunkhouse has a well equipped, open plan kitchen, beautiful dining & seating areas with great views. The Nidderdale Way goes right past the house. The Yorke Arms, Michelin star restaurant, is nearby. The award winning village of Pateley Bridge has pubs, cafés and festivities throughout the year. Perfect for walkers and wildlife lovers or to explore Yorkshire. Up to 2 dogs welcome by arrangement.
34 - 38 Green Batt, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TU
This family friendly 4* hostel has en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a spacious dining room. Located in the centre of town, it is ideal for Alnwick Castle, (of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame) and Alnwick Garden. The coast, with castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, Farne Isles, magical Holy Island and glorious sandy beaches is just a 15 minute drive. While inland the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall await you.
The Leonard Wills Field Centre, Williton, Taunton, Somerset. TA4 4HT
FSC Nettlecombe Court is a Field Studies Council centre in the Exmoor National Park. A Tudor and Georgian country mansion set in extensive grounds, it sleeps groups up to 120 in spacious dorms, twin and single rooms (many en suite). Ideally suited to schools, clubs, groups of friends/family and weddings, there are plenty of communal areas, a magnificent dining hall and classrooms. Available on a sole use basis with self catering or full board. A whole range of outdoor activities can be arranged on and off site.
24 Richmond Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 7HE
Located on a small working farm, just 3 miles east of Richmond, Yorkshire. Brompton on Swale Bunkbarn offers a welcome break from walking or cycling the Coast to Coast. A pot of tea for weary walkers upon arrival and safe storage for bikes makes this bunkhouse especially welcoming. Close to the Yorkshire Dales, Swaledale, Wensleydale, Easby Abbey, Richmond Castle & Ellerton Lakes. Dogs are welcome to stay but must be kept on a lead around the yard as there are ducks, hens and geese.
Snowdonia Mountain Hostel, Tai Newyddion, Nant Ffrancon, Bangor LL57 3DQ
In the heart of the Ogwen Valley and surrounded by the Welsh 3000s, this hostel is the perfect base for walkers, climbers and cyclists with the best routes straight from the door. For adventure seekers Zip World is within walking distance and the Anglesey Beaches are a short drive. Newly refurbished, Snowdonia Mountain Hostel has comfy beds with linen & a superb kitchen diner.
Sorry no stag or hen parties.
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5EZ
FSC Orielton is a Field Studies Council centre set in a Georgian mansion close to Pembroke. Accommodating groups of all sizes up to 130, the centre is perfect for schools, clubs, conferences and family celebrations. It sits in 48 hectares of private grounds, including woodlands, meadows, ponds and streams. A wide range of outdoor activities can be provided both on and off site. The stunning Pembrokshire coastline with its beautiful beaches is just a short drive away.
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn 4* Bunkhouse sits in the Brecon Beacons, only minutes away from the waterfalls and caves of Ystradfellte and Sgwd Yr Eira.
Your ideal base for a wide range of outdoor activities. The bunkhouse sleeps up to 19, plus camping, three double B&B rooms and a romantic shepherd’s hut in it’s own private meadow.
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
Star Bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons National Park is situated alongside The Beacons Way long-distance footpath and is across the road from the New Inn (Brecknockshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019) that is well known for its real ales, great food and friendly atmosphere (booking advised).
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Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumbria, CA12 5UW
Watendlath Bothy sits next to the tarn in the quiet, picturesque hamlet that shares its name. High in a beautiful valley, it offers superb access to the surrounding fells. Visitors should treat the Bothy as a stone tent, BYO equipment as for camping, such as cutlery, plates, sleeping bags & mats, matches.
The perfect choice for people looking to escape to one of the most remote-feeling places in the Lake District.
Pyllau Gloewon Farm, Tal-y-Bont, Conwy, Gwynedd, LL32 8YX
Conwy Valley Backpackers is situated on a peaceful organic farm in the heart of the beautiful Conwy Valley, with excellent access to Snowdonia. Centrally heated with a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, log fires and hot showers. Secure bike/canoe storage. Grazing for horses and tourist information are available. Local activities range from fishing and hiking to white water rafting and mountain biking. Surf Snowdonia is within walking distance and Zip World is a short drive away.
Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales LL25 0EJ
Situated in the beautiful Lledr Valley between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia National Park, Elens Castle Hotel Bunkroom offers budget accommodation within a cosy hotel setting. The 4 bed en suite bunkroom can be booked by the bed or the room. Lacking a kitchen, bunkroom guests are invited to socialise and eat in the hotel. Your ideal base for exploring all that Snowdonia has to offer. BYO bedding & towels.
Capel Saron, Tyn Y Maes, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3LX
In Snowdonia National Park, just over a mile from the small town of Bethesda, Ogwen Valley Bunkhouse provides spacious, eco friendly accommodation for individuals, couples, families and groups. The large open plan communal area has a well equipped kitchen, a large dining table and plenty of comfy chairs. With a log burning stove, underfloor heating, comfortable beds and a drying room guests invariably return. It is on the Snowdonia Slate Trail and the Lon Las Cymru cycling route.
Bron-y-Gader Outdoor Centre, Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Conwy, LL32 8UT
50 years ago, when mankind made its journey to the moon, the founding trustees of our charity journeyed to Snowdonia and found what was to become Bron-y-Gader Outdoor Pursuits Centre and Bunkhouse.
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Lawrence House, Church Street, Tremadog, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, LL49 9PS
Stay in the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia! Snowdon Lodge provides self-catering group accommodation. Located in the village of Tremadog, Snowdon Lodge is perfect for family reunions or groups wanting to explore Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. It has 10 rooms (twins, doubles and small dormitories), an additional lecture room and a large car park leading to woodland walks.
Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick.
High House has a large open common room, great for relaxing in front of the nice warm stove.
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Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the Lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. A variety of outdoor activities can be arranged on site. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
Malham Tarn Estate, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PT
On the National Trust Malham Tarn Estate in North Yorkshire, Ragged Robin Bothy & Meadowsweet Bothy each sleep 6 people on bunk bed platforms. Like camping but without the tent, you need to bring mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is one external toilet, cold water and no heating or lighting.
A perfect location for those who want to escape technology, enjoy dark skies or walk the Pennine Way.
19a Hamilton St, Fishguard SA65 9HL
James John Hamilton House is a new conversion of the first free school in Fishguard, built in 1850 by James John Hamilton. The house provides comfortable, characterful self-catering accommodation for 12 people in five private rooms. Across the garden is Hamilton House Backpackers with an extra 9 beds. It's close to the centre of Fishguard with pubs & cafes. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the town and communities of grey seals and dolphins are regularly seen in the local harbours.
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Visitors to this iconic national park will be immersed in the landscape
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National Trust Ysbyty Estate Office, Dinas, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0HF
This converted Grade 2 stone farm building is the perfect base for enjoying the Snowdonia National Park. Part of the 8,000 hectare Ysbyty Estate, it offers spacious, well appointed group accommodation.
Local attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Course at Betws-y-Coed, Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda, Zip World and Bounce Below at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre.
Preseli Venture, Parc-y-nole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN
Situated just a short walk to a stunning beach, this 5* Eco Lodge offers catered accommodation & a range of outdoor activities to individuals, families & groups of all sizes. Popular with schools, clubs & hen/stag groups it boasts great communal areas including a bar, outside picnic area, fire pit & games field. Just 1 mile from the Wales Coast Path & right on the Sustrans Celtic Trail.
Dinorwig, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3EY
On the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Lodge Dinorwig, a former school, has a 14 bed bunkroom. Breakfast is included and evening meals can be booked but there is no self-catering. Perfectly located for all the high adrenaline activities Snowdonia has to offer and with easy access to attractions such as Zip World as well as Snowdon and Llanberis. The on-site café will provide tea and cake after a day in the mountains.
Kettlewell Rd, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire, BD23 5PT
Skirfare Barn, with its stunning backdrop of Upper Wharfedale & Littondale, nestles in the Yorkshire Dales with the climbers' challenge, Kilnsey Crag, on the doorstep. The area is famous for walking & cycling with many footpaths, including the Dales Way, close by. At nearby Kilnsey you can book day fishing & food at The Kilnsey Park, or bar snacks at The Tennant Arms Hotel. Pony & Llama trekking & many other activities are also nearby. The barn provides warm, comfortable accommodation for walking, cycling, friends or family groups.
45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
Experience the haunting beauty of Dartmoor National Park in this friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Morehampstead.
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Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AD
This large Victorian property has been specially adapted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 33. The eight dormitories vary in size from one to ten beds, complete with duvets and linen. The Centre is centrally heated and has a common room, games room, large kitchen, drying room and hot showers. Located in Betws-y-Coed, Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
Ffridd Llwyn Gwerfyl, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2TW
Remote & peaceful, surrounded by the rugged splendour of Snowdonia, Ffridd Bunkhouse offers budget accommodation. Harlech with its beach, pubs, cafes & castle is just 2.5 miles away. This basic accommodation is in 2 units, one sleeps 12 & the other 4/5. Both have kitchen/dining areas & some heating. Each has a separate outside WC, but the shower is shared.
Walkers, climbers & mountain bikers alike return annually to this hidden gem of a bunkhouse. BYO bedding.
6 Bridgend, Callander, FK17 8AH
Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Callander Hostel is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this Visit Scotland 5* Hostel has comfortable beds, en suite rooms and a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. Everything you need for the perfect retreat. On the Rob Roy Way, Heart200 and NCR 7.
Snake Pass, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0BJ
Group accommodation close to the Derwent Hope Valley. A comfortable centre with large secure drying room to stash your bikes and gear. Large social space with log burner and sheltered courtyard - perfect for your BBQ overlooking Ladybower reservoir.
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The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AE
A friendly welcome awaits you Airton Barn. Next to the 17th century Friends Meeting House, Airton Barn is a simple bunkhouse sleeping up to 18 people over two floors, with storage space for 5 bicycles. On popular walking & cycling routes & surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s finest tourist destinations, the Barn is perfect for walkers, cyclists & small group getaways.
Week Farm, Bridgetown, Dulverton TA22 9JP
Formerly a granary on a working farm, this eco-friendly bunkbarn is close to Winsford Hill and Wimbleball lake. Perfect for exploring Exmoor on foot, bike or canoe. Hot water, central heating & WiFi included in price. Well equipped, open-plan kitchen/dinning with seating for all. Large drying room. Outside BBQ area and small field with campfire. BYO bedding & towels. Sleeps max 25 - sole use only. Free logs for the stove and camp fire. Enjoy Exmoor’s dark skies.
Coed Owen Farm, Cwmtaff, Merthyr Tydfil , CF48 2HY
Peaceful and tucked away on an idyllic Welsh hill farm in the heart of the Breacon Beacons National Park. A pub at the foot of the drive. Lovely walks. What more could you ask for?
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Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU
The Rose Award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value homemade meals & local beer in our large dining room. There's a cosy lounge with woodburner, a lovely garden, self-catering kitchen & big bike shed! Sleeps up to 42 in 11 bedrooms. Great walking and cycling routes on the doorstep.
Bank House Farm, Glaisdale, Whitby YO21 2QA
Luxury bunkbarn, camping barn and B&B on an organic farm in beautiful Glaisdale Dale. Stunning views of the North York Moors and just 1 mile from the Coast to Coast route. The newly converted bunkbarn is warm & well appointed with one dorm of mostly single beds. The camping barn provides simple, single-night shelter for walkers and cyclists.
The Farm, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BL
Treat your family and friends to a stay on a real working farm. Wake up surrounded by the sounds of the farmyard at Homestead and Cheesehouse hostels in Bamford in the Peak District .
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2-3 Heol y Bont (Bridge St), Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1AU
HyB Bunkhouse is in Dolgellau (Lon Las, Sustrans 82), Mid Wales, at the foot of Cader Idris. Centrally located above Medi Gifts, with free parking at rear for up to four cars, there are shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep. HyB backs onto the Mawddach trail near the river Wnion and it is 10 minutes’ drive to Coed y Brenin mountain biking centre. This quirky listed building has original features such as oak floors, beams and paneling and offers a good night’s sleep. No stag weekends or parties in this quiet bunkhouse.
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale, it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in & out for you to use and relax in. Home-made food is available.
Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU
Great Langdale Bunkhouse is situated amidst some of the finest mountain scenery in England with access to mountain biking, cycling, walking, fell running and climbing.
The bunkhouse has 18 single beds divided into 3 twin rooms and 2 rooms of six (all bunk beds). The rooms are simple but comfortable and each room has a double plug socket. The bunkhouse has biomass central heating throughout so its toasty warm with an endless supply of hot water and powerful showers.
Railway Terrace, Doll St, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8BH
Toad Hall sits beside the River Dovey, close to Snowdonia National Park in the market town of Machynlleth. NCN Cycle Route 8 & Glyndwrs Way pass near by. The hostel consists of a three bed-roomed self contained unit above the owner's family home. The small flat garden is ideal for camping and there's a small workshop for bike repair/storage.
Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QQ
A great location for exploring the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Moors and Northumberland National Parks.
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Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston water(4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire. River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Group and family packages include activities in the price.
Noran Bank Farm, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0NR
Noran Bank Farm is near Ullswater just through Patterdale in Cumbria, just 5 minutes' walk away from the Coast to Coast route and The Westmorland Way. Shepherd's Crook Bunkhouse is a barn converted to a very high standard and sleeps 8. Duvets, linen and towels are provided. DIY breakfast and packed lunches can be pre-booked. It is very popular with Coast to Coasters, walkers, cyclists and for family/friends get-togethers.
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater with easy access to Keswick via launch or lakeside walk. The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller group, families and individuals. For the more adventurous there are two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing. Catering & outdoor activities with instruction can be booked in advance.
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BA
Howgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self-catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk into Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub available. Five stars on Trip Advisor from over 100 reviews gives a flavour of the quality of the accommodation.
30 Cheviot Street, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6LW
Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts are on the edge of the town and offer an ideal base for exploring the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills, local castles and fine sandy beaches. For walkers there’s St Cuthbert’s Way and for cyclists, Wooler cycle hub routes, Pennine Cycleway and the Sandstone Way. There are bridleways perfect for mountain biking and lots of bouldering and climbing.
Gumber Campsite and Camping Barn, Gumber Farm, Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0RN
A converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust’s Slindon Estate, Gumber Camping Barn provides simple overnight accommodation & camping for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, just off the South Downs Way. A tranquil and remote location for you to get away from it all. Just five minutes’ walk from Stane Street, the Roman Road that crosses the South Downs Way at Bignor Hill. NO CARS. Not suitable for under fives.
Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QT
Upper Booth Farm, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZJ
Next to a small campsite alongside Crowden Clough in the Peak District. Hire the simple barn and additional pitches on the campsite. There is space for cooking (BYO equipment and beds) and tables for eating. Toilets, sinks & showers are shared with the campsite. On a working hill-farm, the Pennine Way passes through the farmyard and there is great mountain biking locally.
Greta Tower, Sammy Lane, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3EG
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls and mountains, Ingleton is dominated by Ingleborough, the best known of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks (this is a great base for The Challenge). Known for its walking routes and waterfall trail, the area has plenty for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and cavers. Licensed and serving tasty meals there is also a self-catering kitchen. Perfect for families and school trips.
Low Bridge End Farm, St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, CA12 4TS
St John’s-in-the-Vale Camping Barn is an 18th century stable on a peaceful hill farm, with stunning views to Blencathra, Helvellyn and Castle Rock.
The Barn has a sleeping area upstairs (mattresses provided) and a sitting/dining area below. A separate toilet, shower and cooking area (BYO equipment) are within the building. A wood-burning stove makes it nice and cosy. Outside there is a BBQ area. As there is no light pollution, the star-filled night skies are magical.
Mandale Farm, Haddon Grove, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1JF
This comfortable little bunkhouse sleeping up to 12 people is available for your own private use for only £95 per night.
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Princetown, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6SL
Set in a beautiful secluded valley in Dartmoor National Park, Bachelors Hall offers groups of all kind the chance to experience the freedom of the moor and the vastness of the landscape. Formerly run by the YHA, it was completely refurbished in 2019. Sleeping 60 across 6 rooms and 2 pods it is centrally heated with a commercial kitchen and large separate dining room/classroom. Outdoor activities can be organised if required.
Lower Station Rd, Tyndrum, FK20 8RY
By The Way Hostel & Campsite lies in the Loch Lomond National Park, between Arrochar's peaks & Glencoe. There's excellent walking, climbing and white water rafting. The accommodation includes camping, various huts: hobbit houses, posh pods, glamping & trekker huts, camping cabins & a purpose built 4* hostel with twin, double & dormitory rooms, with great self-catering facilities. For more comfort still there are 2 chalets; one with three bedrooms, one with two.
Prosen Hostel, Balnaboth, Kirriemuir, Angus, DD8 4SA
Prosen Hostel is an 18 bed bunkhouse in Glen Prosen on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, perfect for group get-togethers, parties and social events, and of course hiking groups making the most of our incredible surrounding landscape.
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Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Situated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley, Hagg Farm offers comfortable accommodation for up to 44 people with an additional 18 beds in the John Hunt Base next door (also in this Guide). Part of Nottinghamshire C.C’s Environmental & Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups, families, clubs & charitable organisations. It can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.
Spring Croft, Moor Lane, Grassington, BD23 5BD
With spectacular views of Wharfedale, Grassington Bunkbarn offers comfortable accommodation for individuals and groups. Featuring a well equipped kitchen and a lounge/games area with Freeview TV, WiFi, good mobile signal & a BBQ area. Walking, cycling, climbing, fishing, horse riding, archaeology, bird watching, geology, botany & golf nearby. There's something for everyone.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JF
In the heart of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country right on the route between Pen-y-ghent & Whernside & close to the Dales Way, Dales High Way, Pennine Way & Pennine Bridleway. This warm comfortable bunk barn sleeps up to 13 in three bunk rooms. Living room with cosy wood burner, spacious well equipped kitchen & garden with stunning views. Group bookings only at w/ends. Book by the bed or room Sun-Thurs (not b/hols). Dogs & breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also available.
23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
A great place for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
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Punch Bowl Hotel, Eskew Lane, Low Bentham, North Yorkshire LA2 7DD
Nestling between the 3 National Parks of Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District The Punch Bowl Hotel in Bentham provides B&B and camping.
Glamping tents and glamping pods will be also available early in 2020 and by the end of the year a new 20 bed bunkhouse will be open.
Golan, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd, LL51 9AQ
Cwm Pennant Hostel is in the perfect location for a range of outdoor activities. You can walk out of the building directly onto the back of the Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog. Rock climbing at Tremadog is just a couple of miles away, and the stunning beaches of the Llyn Peninsula are only a short drive.
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16 The Parks, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8BS
Base Lodge is your perfect base for exploring Exmoor, the Quantocks and North Devon. The South West Coast Path starts in Minehead and there is excellent mountain biking. Guided biking, navigational training, climbing, surfing, pony trekking and natural history walks can all be arranged. Base Lodge is clean, comfortable with self-catering and a cosy log burner.
The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
With all of the Peak District National Park within easy access, the centre is an ideal location for activities and tourism and it welcomes a wide range of groups. 31 or 52 bed configurations can be booked.
The spacious centre includes; a large lounge with library, TV and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchens & dining areas. An extensive network of paths give access to the countryside. Adventure activities available, great for team building & courses.
Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7AJ
Situated between Waunfawr and Betws Garmon, Pentre Bach Bunkhouse provides dog friendly accommodation, outdoor activities and a campsite. The ground floor of the bunkhouse has a dining/cooking area while upstairs there are alpine sleeping platforms with mattresses for 16. Showers, toilets and washing/drying facilities, shared with the campsite, are just across the yard.
Redmire, Leyburn. North Yorkshire, DL8 4EW
Twelve Scandinavian styled self-catering log cabins located at the heart of Wensleydale in the tranquil beauty of the Yorkshire Dales,. Nine lodges are located in Elm Wood away from the main complex & the other three are located near to Granary Barn, which has a shop, two lounges a meeting room and a kitchen for group use. The varied use of the centre means that facilities are comfortable rather than luxurious.
Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AP
Delve over 2000 years into the past, to discover the stories, secrets and legends of 400 years of ingenious roman empire.
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Bretton, near Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QD
Bretton Hostel, near historic Eyam in the heart of the Peak District, feels remote surrounded by fields on Bretton Edge. With glorious far-reaching views across the Dark and White Peak and excellent walks and cycle rides from the door. Sleeps 17; bedding provided; kitchen; sitting room; wood burner; Studio.
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. SA62 3RD
FSC Dale Fort is a Field Studies Council centre on a cliff top on the Pembrokeshire Coast, within walking distance of beaches & the Wales Coastal Path. Built in 1856 as a defensive fort, it now accommodates individuals, families & groups of all sizes up to a max of 139. Ideally suited to schools, clubs, conferences and private groups, facilities include 3 accommodation blocks with single, twin, family & dormitory rooms (many en suite), meeting rooms, a large library which can easily seat 100 & plenty of communal areas. Outside there a several games areas. Self catering is possible with sole use, otherwise meals are provided. Outdoor activities are available.
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is a perfect rural retreat for mountain bikers, hikers, families & backpackers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The 4* hostel offers cosy, home style rooms which are also available for sole use & weddings. On-site facilities include café, bike shop, lots of mountain bike trails, family-friendly valley routes and a farm shop. A footpath takes you to the vibrant village of Comrie & gives access to stunning glens and mountains.
Watergate Farm, Loweswater, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0RU
Holme Wood Bothy offers basic accommodation in a spectacular secluded location, right on the shore of Loweswater. This stone tent provides a roof, kitchen area and sleeping platform. Visitors must bring all camping equipment including plates, matches, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, food and water.
If you are looking for a remote and basic getaway with easy access to the lake, this bothy is your perfect choice. Great for canoeing on Loweswater.
The Dragons Back (formerly The Castle Inn) is a pub with B&B, camping & 3 bunkrooms in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkrooms are fully carpeted and centrally heated with en suite wet rooms, self-catering, drying facilities and secure storage. Stag/hens welcome. Dogs £5 pn in the bunkhouse. Meals in the pub. Glamping is available in our Shepherds Hut and the Tardis!
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 150-bed, platinum eco-award-winning. Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, special interest breaks and outdoor activities. It comprises four large houses, three cottages and a manor house. Close to wild woodlands and stunning beaches.
Chapel Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4FF
The Glenorchy Centre is on the edge of the Peak District National Park in the historic market town of Wirksworth. The High Peak Trail for walking, pony trekking & cycling, as well as Black Rocks for bouldering & climbing are within two miles. Nearby Cromford has Arkwright’s mills, a World Heritage Site, & Cromford Canal. Suitable for self-catering groups, the accommodation is well appointed with a spacious multi-purpose room & separate dining room.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm (also in this guide).
The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NT
Discover this magnificent and National Park at the striking timber eco-buildings of Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies. Ideal for groups and families.
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Y Cefn, Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4PS
Treks 4* Bunkhouse is in the mountains on the edge of the village of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Ideal for enjoying the rugged beauty of Snowdonia, it’s a former golf club recently converted to provide self-catering accommodation for individuals & groups. Numerous attractions nearby include, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bounce Below, Zip World Titan, Antur Stiniog, Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Go Below Adventures, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, Portmeirion Italian Village, Bala White Water Rafting, Harlech Castle, Black Rock Sands. And many more!!
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
A traditional conversion of Victorian workers’ cottages in the centre of the National Trust Cragside Estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake.
Cragside bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 5 rooms with a well equipped self-catering kitchen, making it the perfect base for families or other groups wanting to explore this stunning part of the UK. Located in the heart of Northumberland, an hour’s drive to the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
Whether you’re a lone cyclist or a group of walkers you will love discovering this cosy, clean and comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of Cader Idris and Cardigan Bay.
Handy for Cycle Route 8, the Cambrian Way & Mawddach Trail and at only £15 per night Bunkorama is an ideal place to make a stopover or spend a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast.
19 Brunswick Square, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7LR
Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for the C2C cycle route.
Excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lake District National Park. Bike cleaning and maintenance facilities and bike hire on site. Full kitchen and dining facilities, en suite rooms with made up beds, lockers, bedside lights. Individuals, small parties and groups welcome.
Craiglan, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AW
The Vagabond Bunkhouse/Hostel is in the village of Betws-y-Coed, in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. This unique bunkhouse has been specifically designed for individuals, families or groups. Very well appointed, it has ready made up beds, free hot drinks, seriously hot showers, a well equipped kitchen and a bar. Catering is available and there is a Pizza restaurant onsite (notice required). Outside there’s a climbing wall, a power wash and heated dog kennels!
Cragg House Farm, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA
Cragg Camping Barn, with stunning views of the Buttermere Fells, is a great base for all outdoor enthusiasts with great walking, climbing and mountain biking close by. Sleeps 8 with a kitchen and seating area, hot shower on a meter and toilet/ washbasin with hot and cold water. BYO sleeping bag and stove/eating utensils if you wish to self-cater. Under-5’s and dogs welcome (sole occupancy only). Cragg House Farm also has a holiday cottage sleeping two.
Platts Farm Bunkhouse, Aber Road, Llanfairfechan, Conwy, LL33 0HL
Platt’s Farm Campsite and 3* Bunkhouse is situated in a range of Victorian farm buildings, in the charming village of Llanfairfechan. Close to the A55, the Bunkhouse lies at the start/end of the 14 Welsh 3000 Peaks walks in the Snowdonia National Park, within a 10 min walk of the Wales Coastal Path and on the NCN 5 Cycle Route. Shops, pubs and cafés are within 5 mins’ walk. Just 15 mins from Zipworld, Bethesda & 20 mins from Surf Snowdonia.
Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Ilderton Dod Barns are a luxury bunkhouse & a self-contained cottage in the Northumberland National Park. On a working hill farm down a 1.5 mile private track, the former stables have been restored to provide quality, cosy accommodation. Ideally located close to The Pennine Way, The Sandstone Way & with many other footpaths & bridleways on the doorstep. The perfect base for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders (paddocks available).
High Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AF
In the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafés and pubs, 2 minutes from the train & bus station and opposite the TIC and tour offices. Easy access to the National Park by the 555 bus, 25 minute walk to the lake with steamer trips and boat hire and access to the fells from the door. Maps and guides available in this friendly, cosy hostel.
Busk Lane, Marsett Lane, Stalling Busk, Leyburn, North Yorks DL8 3DH
Raydale Barn is an off-grid camping barn nr Lake Semerwater in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Matresses for 16 inside plus camping outside in the barn’s own field.
The barn is tucked away about 0.3 miles from the nearest road. It has a gas cooker, a wood burner, toilets and showers, but no electricity. BYO bedding, torch & candles. Pefect for groups of walkers, cyclists, runners and families wanting to explore the Dales.
Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6RT
On a National Trust estate one mile from Llandeilo, Dinefwr Bunkhouse sits in the heart of an 18th century park enclosing a medieval deer park, next to the historic Newton House. Quite the perfect holiday location for groups or families who enjoy walking or other outdoor activities.
This beautifully presented, characterful bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in a 7 bed dorm and 2, 3 & 4 bedded rooms. It has a well equipped kitchen for self-catering.
Beck Head Farm, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands. Cumbria, LA11 6SH
Located between Grange Over Sands and Kendal on the northern shore of Morecambe Bay. The bunkhouse is within the beautiful Whitbarrow Nature Reserve in the southern Lake District. Built for cyclists and walkers with drying room, laundry, communal kitchen, diner, lounges, secure cycle storage, workshop and bike wash. Perfect for groups, families and individuals. Just 500m from the Morecambe ‘Bay Cycle Way’, the Lakes & Dales Loop and NCN 700 & 70 E-bike hire is available on site.
Fenns Farm, Wetton Road, Butterton, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7ST
Fenns Farm Accommodation can offer guests accommodation to suit all budgets. It consists of four properties, Waterslacks Camping barn sleeping 15, Wills ‘Glamping’ Barn sleeping 6 and two holiday cottages, Fenns & Foggs’ Barn both sleeping 7.
All the accommodation is situated on the edge of the Peak District village of Butterton, in walking distance of the local pub and the Manifold Valley.
Caldbeck, Lake District, Cumbria, CA7 8DZ
Opening Summer 2020, Caldbeck Glamping accommodation is in the centre of Caldbeck Village close to Wainwright's Northern Fells. Step back in time with these newly renovated grade 2 listed barns dating back to 1666. Opposite The Odd Fellows pub and close to the village store. The self contained barns and cottage sleep 8, 6 and 4,with overspill of 4 beds in the Bothy and space for 2 tents. Caldbeck is a 25 minute drive from M6 and right on The Cumbria Way walk and The Reivers Cycle route.
Greencarts Farm, Humshaugh, Northumberland. NE46 4BW
Greencarts Bunkhouses & Camping are on a working farm in Northumberland National Park. Right next to Hadrian’s Wall, they are perfect for walkers or cyclists. There are two accommodation units; The Bunkhouse sleeps 10 in two rooms, while the Barn sleeps 13 in one open plan room. All bedding is provided and continental breakfast is available. There is also a campsite.
Routen Farm Cot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
The Wild Wool Barn is offering Luxury bunk house accommodation for groups of up to 6 with extra space for camping.
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New Ing Lodge, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
This 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom B&B & hostel offers comfortable, friendly, accommodation with delicious food. Shap is in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The Howgills & the Pennine Fells are close by. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller's Way it's perfect for large groups or individuals.
3 Boarshurst Lane, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7EA
The Boarshurst Centre is situated on the north western edge of the Peak District yet with easy road and rail links to Manchester (12 miles away). With 32 beds across 2 dorms and 2 leaders rooms the centre provides well appointed self catering accommodation for affiliated child, youth and adult groups from registered charities and organisations who seek to practice outdoor pursuits.BYO sheets and sleeping bags
Dolgun Uchaf, Nr Dolgellau, Snowdonia, Gwynedd LL40 2AB
Torrent Walk Bunkhouse is ideal for exploring Snowdonia. Newly refurbished, it sleeps 36 in 6 rooms. Centrally heated, there’s a well equipped kitchen/diner & a power shower block by the door.
There are lots of walks on the doorstep & for mountain bikers Coed-y-Brenin & Mawddach are close by as is the seaside town of Barmouth.
Apartments, B&B & camping on site. BYO bedding or hire. No under 16s.
The White Horse Inn, Scales, Nr Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SY
The White Horse Inn has 2 bunkhouses in the converted stables of this traditional Lake District inn at the foot of Blencathra. Guests are welcome in the Inn which has great pub food, open fires, local ales and is open from 11am to 11pm. Each bunkhouse has a basic kitchen, dining area and bunkrooms sleeping between 4 and 6. Paths to the mountains from the garden & the C2C route passes the door.
Old School, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9TQ
Perfect for group & family celebrations, Corris hostel is a haven from the stresses of the outside world with its caring staff & cosy wood fires. Enjoy the gardens with BBQ & campfire areas.
Situated in Snowdonia National Park close to Cadair Idris, the Centre for Alternative Technology and just 3 miles from the new Dyfi Bike Park, a mecca for trail bikers. A real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. CAMRA pub close by.
Blaenglyn Farm, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8NF
Dan y Gyrn bunkhouse is the perfect base for walkers, cyclists, families or groups. Located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons it provides the ideal base to explore this National Park.
This comfortable, modern bunkhouse with amazing views is close to Pont ar Daf, the main access route to climb Pen Y Fan, so is great for walking groups. Ideal for families with a large garden for children to explore. Sleeping 15 in 2 rooms this well equipped bunkhouse is perfect for groups.
Hacche Mill, South Molton, EX36 3NA
Perfect for an adventurous or relaxing break. The Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre offers activities such as climbing (climbing wall on site for lessons or use by experienced climbers) coasteering, raft building and canoeing. The bunkhouse can be rented out for sole use, or an activity package can be put together for your group. This can vary from a few activities to a full programme, including food.
Just 20 mins from the North Devon coastline. Hen and stags welcome as are family and school groups.
Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Lower Cwmcadarn Farm, Felindre, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys, Wales LD3 0TB
On a small hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Cadarn Bunkhouse is surrounded by views of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley. With easy access to the mountains it is perfect for walking, mountain biking and horse riding whist the River Wye is great for canoeing. Self-catered bunkhouse, with the pub in Felindre half a mile away. Close to Hay on Wye and Brecon. Pony trekking available on-site, plus bike and canoe hire available locally.
School Road, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, CA12 4QJ
Refurbished to a very high standard, the Parish Room is a great base for outdoors enthusiasts to explore Skiddaw, the Northern Lakes, Keswick and the Cumbrian coast. There is a modern well-equipped kitchen, large hall, meeting room with sofa and large Freeview TV. There is also disabled access throughout. Separate male/female toilets and two shower rooms. Bring your own beds, bedding and towels. Free WiFi. Sorry no stag/hen parties.
Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Cote Ghyll Mill (YHA) offers affordable, modern, fresh youth hostel accommodation adjacent to major walks in the North York Moors National Park. In a beautiful and secluded valley this converted Linen Mill contains 14 newly refurbished bedrooms, sleeps up to 61 people and is perfect for schools and groups.
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West End, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4BA
Amidst stunning landscape overlooking Thruscross Reservoir on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this self-catering centre offers excellent facilities in bunkrooms plus an en suite leader’s room. Well equipped kitchen, dining, lounge & shower/toilet areas. Ideal for team building, youth groups & family parties. 12 miles from Harrogate & Skipton. No stag or hen groups.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
In the Ennerdale Valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest in the Lake District, Low GIllerthwaite Field Centre sits at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups it is the perfect base for fell walking, rock climbing, bird & wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing. The centre generates its own hydro-electricit. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.
The Old Post Office, Logierait PH9 0LH
Tay Bunkhouse, on the banks of the river Tay in Highland Perthshire, is a stone cottage stylishly renovated to provide comfotable accommodation for groups up to 12. It has a fully equipped self catering kitchen, a comfy lounge and dining area, freshly laundered beds and free WiFi. The garden has a BBQ, fire pit and outdoor seating, with riverside access for canoes. Dogs are welcome by arrangement.
The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Nr Buxton, SK17 9QJ
Next to an award winning Peak District country pub, The Royal Oak Bunkbarn is perfectly situated with direct access onto the High Peak and Tissington Trails (disused railways for easy off-road cycling). The area is also very popular with climbers and walkers with limestone gorges and stone circles to explore. The bunkbarn offers comfortable, clean bunk bed style rooms ideal for groups of 1 to 34. The five separate bunk rooms are all heated and lockable. Campsite and holiday cottages also available.
Great Longstone, Bakewell, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors offers excellent flexible group accommodation. With its superb location in the heart of the Peak District you have access to wonderful countryside, quaint villages, stately homes, and the traffic free Monsal Trail, popular with walkers and cyclists.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Ardenbeg Hostel is run by Craggan Outdoors, an award winning activity provider in the Cairngorms National Park.
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Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
This centre & bunkhouse provides group accommodation and outdoor activities at the foot of Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park
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Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
Discover the Peak District National Park with your dog. Let the limestone hills and gorges invite you into their land. Dance between stepping stones through the valley of Dovedale, and return home to Ilam Park, which provides bunkhouse accommodation for groups.
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Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the start/end of the Pennine Way. It is also close to St. Cuthbert's Way, the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84. It's a great base too for local day hikes, ideal for individuals, families and small groups. Recently upgraded, the house offers a comfortable, friendly and peaceful retreat. Evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent hotel.
Lowside Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0SX
Nestling at the foot of Blencathra, with paths to the mountains from the doorstep Lowside Farm Camping Barn & Pods are your perfect Lake District base.
Sleeping groups of up to 14, the newly converted camping barn is modern & comfortable, The six, 4 berth luxury camping pods, provide extra accommodation for larger groups, older family members and those with small chilldren. All bedding is provided.
Pindale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6RN
A mile from Castleton in the Peak District, Pindale Farm offers a range of accommodation: B&B in the farmhouse. The Barn has 6 self-catering units. The Engine House is a self-catering unit & The Powder House is a small camping barn. Plus a campsite. Perfect for many outdoor activities. Instruction is available.
High Wallabarrow, Ulpha, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6EA
High Wallabarrow is a traditional hill farm in the Duddon Valley, the Lake District’s quiet corner. The well equipped camping barn, an old farmhouse, sleeps 10 upstairs. Downstairs there’s a large living area with woodburning stove and fully equipped kitchen. Mattresses provided BYO sleeping bags/pillows. Toilet just outside and shower nearby. 15 mins’ walk to pub, 10 mins to climbing crag. Not suitable for rowdy groups.
Rydal Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Situated next to Rydal Beck in the heart of the Lake District, Rydal Hall Bunkhouse provides accommodation for groups of up to 29 in four dormitories plus a large common room, drying room & a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen. There is also a quiet campsite for individuals and families, eco-pods in the grounds and en suite accommodation for up to 50 in the main hall and a tea shop.
Peakstones, Sheen, Derbys, SK17 0ES
Sheen Bunkhouse is in a quiet corner of the Peak District, close to the beautiful Dove and Manifold valleys. It has a well equipped self-catering kitchen, lounge, two bunkrooms and separate toilets & showers.
The Manifold Track, Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail give easy access to beautiful countryside, ideal for families and cyclists. Dovedale and the moors offer stunning walking. Buxton, Leek and Bakewell are within 12 miles and Alton Towers is 20 minutes away by car.
Upper Neeston Farm, Dale Road, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, SA73 3RY
Staying within the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
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Mount Hooley, College Valley, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6TU
Nestled in the beautiful College Valley, North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop-off on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. Dogs are welcome by arrangement. There is a well equipped kitchen and living area with log burner. Bedding and Wifi is supplied. Cars need a permit to access the private valley which is provided on arrival. A haven for wildlife with red squirrels, otters and a thriving population of feral goats in the valley. The perfect wild get away from it all.
West Combeshead, Harford, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 0JG
...within the Dartmoor National Park and in striking distance of the Tamar Valley and South Devon AONBs...
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Lighthouse Road, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Foreland Bothy on the National Trust Foreland Point Estate on the Exmoor coast offers very basic accommodation, but rewards you with a fantastic location right on the South West Coast Path.
Treat it like camping but without the tent, so you need to bring camping mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is a composting loo but no hot water. The perfect location for a night or two for those who want to escape technology in this wilderness under some stunning dark skies.
Brecon Bunkhouse, Cwmfforest Farm, Pengenfford, Talgarth, Brecon, LD3 0EU
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers exceptional views and stunning landscape.
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Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping on eleven ‘remote’ pitches and hands-on training in coracle making and willow sculpture. Sympathetically renovated to retain the rustic charm with fine views over the Usk Valley, the bunkhouse provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, & pillowcases.
Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4AP
Set right in heart of Snowdonia National Park. The Arete Centre can welcome up to 77 people! We can also have up to 200 participating on activities off site at once, we have the facilities and expertise to provide to a diverse range of groups.
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Broadrake, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AX
This is a top class modern barn conversion, respecting the vintage features of the building. There are 20 beds in 5 rooms downstairs while the upstairs is open plan, airy and calm. Exceptional Wifi. High standard of facilities in the back of beyond.
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Gilfach Wen, Brechfa, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7QL
A 7 family room bunkhouse for individuals, extended families or groups on a working farm. The large social area is ideal for reunions or celebrations. Perfect for exploring Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Cambrian Mountains and the Gower.
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118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone’s throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 65 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and free WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.
Gateham Grange, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Derbys. DE6 2FT
Close to Dovedale, the Manifold Valley Cycle Trail, Carsington Water, AltonTowers and the Roaches Rocks (great for climbers). Ideal for quiet group get-togethers/parties, families, cyclists, walkers, DofE, Scouts, school groups and team building. Camping in the comfort of a remote cosy barn with log burning stove, fully plumbed in toilet and hand wash basin. No electric and no distractions, it is the perfect place to switch off from the hassles of a hectic life. BYO all camping equipment.
Hollinsclough, Longnor, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0RF
A 300-year-old farmhouse set 1200 feet up in the beautiful Derbyshire/Staffordshire Peak District National Park. Five miles from historic Buxton and a perfect base for all the Peak District has to offer. The 2 sleeping areas sleep 14 and 6 - perfect for a small group or family. A 3 course breakfast and optional packed lunch / substantial evening meal are provided. Vegetarians catered for. Hot drinks can be made in the small kitchen. No self catering facilities. Ample parking space.
Chatton Park Farm, Chatton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5RA
Sit around the blacksmith’s fire or enjoy the evening sun in the secluded garden.
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Steps Bridge, Dunsford, Devon, EX6 7EQ
In secluded, native woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, the cabin has been a hostel since the 1930s. Friendly and peaceful, with a homely living room, wood burner, self-catering kitchen, picnic tables, BBQ and fire pit. Walk straight from the door to Heltor and Blackingstone Rock or along the river to Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Cross stepping stones to Dunsford village. Near Moretonhampstead and Exeter. On the LEJOG cycling route.
Hollam, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9JH
A mile outside the town of Dulverton on Exmoor, Northcombe Camping Barns nestle in the Barle river valley with good canoeing, walking and bridleways. A perfect base for groups on Exmoor. The barns sleep 16 and 28 in partitioned dormitories. Smaller groups can be catered for. Heated by wood-burning stoves with a well equipped kitchen, you just need to bring your own pillows, sleeping bags or duvets.
Court Farm, Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN
This VisitWales quality assured accommodation loves animals- so there's no need to leave your doggies at home!
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The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1HR
Whether as a stop-over for those walking the South Downs Way or a venue for families and friends reunions, the Lodge offers simple but comfortable accommodation.
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Warren Farm, Warren, near Castlemartin, SA71 5HS
Beautiful big bell tents & a cosy bunkhouse, right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Between Barafundle/Broadhaven South & Freshwater West, and the closest you can stay to the Green Bridge of Wales. Perfect for family holidays or a quick surfing or climbing trip with friends. Simple, comfortable accommodation and private pitches with kitchens, loos & wetrooms for the bell tents. Don’t delay, come glamping!
Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, North Wales, LL25 0DQ
Lledr House nestles in Snowdonia National Park. Once YHA and now newly refurbished, guests delight in the luxury mattresses, modern bathrooms, well equipped kitchen and extended car park. Individuals, groups and families enjoy the clean, comfortable accommodation.
Betws-y-Coed, Llyn Elsi and Zip World high rope course close by.
Countisbury Hill, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6NE
This cosy National Trust bunkhouse with woodburning stove & electric radiators, sits on the A39 at Countisbury, close to Lynton & Lynmouth on the North Devon Coast. Surrounded by the dramatic Watersmeet Valleys & Exmoor, it is close to the South West Coastal Path & Atlantic surf beaches. Perfect for families, groups & walkers, the barn is just along the road from Exmoor Bunkhouse (also in this guide), so it can be used as an overspill for larger groups. The Blue Ball, an old coaching inn, is opposite.
Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ
With Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle, and more!
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Austwick, Nr Settle, LA2 8AZ
In the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales, The Dalesbridge has 8 stylish B&B rooms, 8 cabins with bunks, 4 glamping pods & over 100 camping pitches. There’s a cosy bar with log burner & wood fired pizzas at weekends. Two large conference rooms, catering services & a unique event tent makes Dalesbridge ideal for many events and conferences. The stunning local area is perfect for walking, caving & climbing.
Dalehead Bunkhouse, Upper Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZJ
Dalehead Bunkhouse is on a working hill farm at the remote head of Edale Valley. Providing basic but comfortable accommodation heated by log burner & infrared radiant heat. There is a kitchen with fridge/freezer, a lounge, dining room and plenty of parking. Please bring sleeping bags, pillows and towels. Edale is a very popular destination for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, hang-gliders or for enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
The highest hostel in Britain! Escape the crowds at this remote mountain hostel.
No roads, no other buildings, no phone signal, just uninterrupted beautiful mountain views. But there’s no need to compromise on comfort, with wood burning stoves, hot showers, a well-stocked bar and full bedding provided. An easy walk or mountain bike ride from Keswick or Threlkeld.
The Drapers Field Centre, Betws-y-coed, Conwy. LL24 0HB
FSC Rhyd-y-creuau is a Field Studies Council centre set in Snowdonia National Park. The 2.2 hectare estate includes a football pitch, woodland, biodiversity garden, campfire area, teambuilding challenges, stream and ponds. The centre accommodates groups of between 30 and 100 and is ideal for schools, clubs and large gathering of friends and family. Both full board and self catering options are possible. Outdoor activities can be provided and Zip World Fforest is half a mile down the road.
Felen Rhyd Fach, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 4HY
Maentwrog bunkhouse is a newly converted cowshed on a working farm. It has a fully equipped kitchen, underfloor heating, TV/DVD, BBQ area, laundry facilities, power washer and bike lockup. Local activities include hill walking (Moelwyn and Cnicht 10 mins away), white water rafting, Coed y Brenin cycling centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog down hill cycle track, RopeWorks & canyoning. Ffestiniog railway and beautiful beaches are within 15-20 mins’ drive. The Welsh costal path passes the end of the lane.
Dalehead Farm, Dalehead, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4TS
Dale House Barn is in the heart of Gisburn Forest in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Sympathetically restored it offers simple, practical accommodation for groups of 4-14. Mattresses provided, BYO bedding. Well equipped kitchen. Free WiFi . Close to the Three Peaks, Pendle Hill, Malham Tarn & the Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for walking, climbing, fishing, cycling, family gatherings and activity groups. Meals available. B&B in the adjoining farmhouse.
Cantref, Brecon Powys. LD3 8LR
Groups wanting to visit the Brecon Beacons need look no further than the 2 top quality bunkhouses at Cantref Farm, just 5 miles south of the town of Brecon. With a riding centre and an adventure farm on site and the many attractions of the Brecon Beacons on the doorstep. There is something for everybody.
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Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, The Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 28. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms & a drying room with washing machine. Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9EN
Excellant value group accommodation in the Lake District National Park
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Thorpe Farm, Hathersage, Peak District, Via Sheffield, S32 1BQ
Close to Hathersage and 2 miles west of Stanage Edge, the bunkhouses are on a family-run dairy farm. Popular areas for climbing, walking from meadows to moorland with fantastic views & mountain biking. Each bunkhouse is heated and has a living room, kitchen, bathrooms with toilets, showers and washbasins. Sleep in dorms with bunks or the Hayloft has mattresses on the gallery floor. Camping is available. Secure bike storage and free parking.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Penycae, Powys, SA9 1GL
Craig Y Nos Castle sits in the Brecon Beacons. The Nurses Block can be booked on a daily or a room basis. It can also be booked sole use as group accommodation. Offering B&B or self-catering, the choice is yours. The castle provides hearty meals, cosy evenings by the wood burning stoves and a free history tour. Superior B&B rooms are available in the castle.
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu, run by the community of Gerlan, offers purpose-built accommodation at the foot of the Carneddau. Perfect for walking in Snowdonia, it’s a great base for the ‘Fourteen 3000ft Peaks’ long-distance challenge & The Slate Trail. Just 5 mins from Zip World; the longest and fastest zip line in Europe. There are also plenty of mountain bike trails on the doorstep while road cyclists have the Sustrans route ‘Lôn Las Ogwen’ just a mile away. For climbers, Idwal is close by, while Afon Ogwen is popular with canoeists.
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye and has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is near by.
The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups. There's a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities.
Main Street, Tomintoul, AB37 9EX
Welcome to the highest hostel in the Scottish Highlands. Located in the picturesque village of Tomintoul on the Cairgorm circular MTB route. This 4star 24 bed hostel is a mecca for mountainbikers roadbikers and walkers. There is free WiFi, a fully equipped self catering kitchen & dining area, dorms and ensuite private/family rooms and a small walled campsite. Drying room, bike wash & storage. All bedding provided.
Main Road, Hathersage, S32 1BB
St Michael’s Centre, located in the village of Hathersage, provides high quality family friendly group accommodation, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park. The centre has comfortable dormitory style accommodation with bunk beds. There is a lovely central hall which provides a fantastic communal kitchen, dining and lounge area for enjoyable shared living. Attached cottage also available, separately or for larger groups.
FSC Blencathra, Blease Road, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria. CA12 4SG
Beautifully situated on the south facing slopes of Blencathra just 1 mile out of the Lakeland village of Threlkeld, Lonscale is a new hostel offering group accommodation at the FSC Blencathra Centre. Groups of 14-26 can have sole use of this award winning eco-friendly accommodation. There are also 4 self catering cottages and a 110 bed educational centre on this site.
Cotefield Farm Olllerbrook Edale Hope Valley Derbyshire S33 7ZG
Overlooking Mam Tor, at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn, a stone tent with a wooden sleeping platform. Close to Kinder Scout, Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Downfall & Hollins Cross. Adjoining the barn, but with external access, is a cooking area with a mains water tap and a chemical toilet. There is no heating or electricity. BYO sleeping mats/bags, cooking equipment and torches. Pubs serving meals are as easy walk away.
Spittal of Glenshee, By Blairgowrie, PH10 7QE
Gulabin Lodge nestles in Glenshee at the foot of Beinn Gulabin and is the nearest accommodation to the Glenshee ski slopes. The 4* lodge offers excellent accommodation for groups and families. Ideal for school residentials, gatherings of families and outdoor groups. On-site there are many outdoor activities including mountain bike hire and a ski school with equipment hire. Meals & transport to and from airports /stations available for groups. A 12/14 bed house is also available.
Ollerbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZG
Close to the start of the Pennine Way with easy access to Kinder Scout and the village of Edale via a network of footpaths from the doorstep. Castleton, Buxton, Bakewell and Chatsworth House are all within 40 minutes' drive. There are 2 bunkhouses each with a fully equipped kitchen and available for sole use by groups. Bring your own sleeping bags.
Balmaha, Loch Lomond, G63 0JQ
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On the banks of Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way, Balmaha Bunkhouse offered quality accommodation with breakfast, bedding, WiFi, tea & coffee included. Ideal for walkers and family get-togethers. A private self-catering chalet slept 4 and there was B&B (en suite) in the main house. Kayaks and Canadian canoes were available for hire on site.
Harwood Forest, Ewesley, Morpeth NE61 4LJ
Hidden away in the heart of Harwood Forest, 20 miles NW of Morpeth, Chartners Farm is definitely off the grid. It’s a 5 mile drive along forest tracks from the road. All electricity is generated by wind turbines & solar panels, while a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the place at a cosy 20 degrees. The perfect spot to escape the rat race, unwind & recharge. With no Wifi you can really switch off! Nature surrounds you. Come & enjoy complete peace and tranquility.
High Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, Lake District. LA22 0JE
Situated in the heart of South Lakeland, in secluded woodland, just 4 miles from the popular tourist village of Ambleside, High Wray Basecamp provides an ideal base for groups wishing to explore the Lake District. Local attractions include rambling, fell walking, climbing and water sports. The Basecamp ranger will happily assist with information on local walks and activities. The Longland block has two dormitories each sleeping 8, while the Acland block has two dormitories sleeping 10 each.
Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA12 8LA
Set in 12 acres of its own ancient woodland, Rookhow provides a simple and comfortable retreat for families, friends and groups. A small, cosy hostel converted from stables of the nearby Quaker Meeting House (available as an extra space for group activities).
Near Coniston, Windermere & Grizedale Forest. Rookhow is the perfect base for walking, mountain biking or for workshops or training events.
Ffordd-yr-Afon, Trefin, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5AU
Escape to this wonderful rugged corner of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Old School Hostel is in Trefin, a pretty village which has a pub and a café, just a quarter of a mile from the world famous coast path. Circular walks from the door take you to stunning wild beaches & harbours. The cathedral city of St. Davids and the popular Whitesands Bay are 20 minutes by car.
6 Glenshee Rd, Braemar, AB35 5YQ
Surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of Deeside, Braemar Lodge Hotel and Bunkhouse are just a two minute walk from the village. Braemar Lodge Hotel, a former Victorian shooting lodge, is set in extensive grounds. The great value bunkhouse provides comfortable accommodation for up to 12 people within the hotel grounds. The bunkhouse is equipped with two shower rooms, one of which is suitable for wheelchairs. There's a generous, fully equipped, self-catering kitchen, but you are welcome to sample the excellent hotel meals. All bed linen and towels are supplied.
Netherside, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 9HJ
Bradwell War Memorial Hall is in the pretty village of Bradwell in the heart of the Peak District. This community run hall offers low cost self-catering accommodation to groups of 6-42.
An ideal base for walkers, bikers, D0fE students or climbers who wish to explore this popular area. There are no beds so BYO sleeping mat and bedding, but the rooms are centrally heated, there’s a well equipped kitchen & hot showers.
Demesne Farm, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BS
This bunkhouse is on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham and near to Northumberland National Park. Situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68, and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes, it is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. The bunkhouse is very well appointed with quality bunks, a well equipped kitchen, a farmhouse table to seat 15 and a large comfortable communal area.
Slindon Estate Yard, Top Road, Slindon, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0RG
Great group accommodation in the heart of the South Downs National Park
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Exmoor Camping Barn, Drapers Way, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, Somerset TA24 7ED
Situated on a small farm in the heart of Exmoor National Park Exmoor Camping Barn, a recent conversion of a 19th century stone barn, offers quality accommodation for 10 on a sole use basis. The Coleridge Way runs through the farm leading to miles of footpaths & bridleways. The nearest beach is 7 miles & the local pub is 3/4 mile away.
Llanrhian, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5BD
Situated between the famous cathedral city of St Davids and the Irish ferry port of Fishguard, the 4* Lodge overlooks the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline. Within walking distance of the Sloop Inn at Porthgain and the internationally renowned Coastal Path. An ideal stopover for cyclists with The Celtic Trail cycle route passing the bottom of the drive. The lodge sleeps 23 in 5 separate rooms, all en suite with great showers. Dogs welcome by arrangement.
Church Lane, Privett, Hampshire, GU34 3PE
In glorious East Hampshire countryside (AONB), The Privett Centre offers low cost, comfortable, short-stay accommodation in a unique rural setting. It has been designed to accommodate small to medium-sized groups who like to have the place to themselves. Outside a large paddock and asphalt playground provide secure and spacious recreational and parking space. It is available for weekday, weekend and day use all year. The Privett Centre is an ideal residential setting for family & friends’ get-togethers.
Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD
After a long day of adventures, why not rest your weary head in an Edwardian police house hostel?
Conveniently located in the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog. There is a self-catering kitchen, a drying room and secure bike / climbing gear storage.
CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.
Hostels and Bunkhouses in National Parks
The spectacular National Parks in the England, Scotland and Wales boast a wonderful selection of hostels and bunkhouses.
These hostels and bunkhouses offer great value, flexible, self-catering accommodation to the many and varied visitors to the National Parks. Singles, couples, families, groups of friends or families, clubs etc all enjoy the friendly atmosphere and communal ethos that hostels and bunkhouses offer.
Dalehead Bunkhouse in the Peak District National Park
If you go to the map above (enlarge it as necessary) you will see all the hostels and bunkhouses in the National Park you want to visit. Click on the red marker and again on the hostel name and you will get all the key information about that hostel or bunkhouse; the number of rooms, the facilities, the price etc. Scroll further down for contact details and the link to the hostel’s own website.
To help your search you can use the ‘Find by’ tool at the top of any hostel’s page. Search by your preferred ‘location’, the hostel’s ‘facilities’, ‘activities’ in the area and/or ‘availability’. Don’t forget, unlike most other types of self catering accommodation, hostels and bunkhouses allow guests to stay for as short a period as one night. Of course you are most welcome to stay for much longer!
What is the difference between a hostel and a bunkhouse?
Each hostel and bunkhouse is unique so it is important to explore our database. Some are very large and can cater for clubs and big family/friend get-togethers. Others are much more cosy with just a few beds. Some have just dormitory style rooms whereas others also have private or family rooms with either bunk or conventional beds. The difference between a hostel and a bunkhouse is very woolly. Often the name is historic and while the accommodation has evolved over the years, the name has not. You may also come across a number of camping barns in some of the National Parks. These are much more basic, (which is reflected in the price) and are often little more than a ‘stone tent’ where you need to bring all your own sleeping and cooking equipment.
Yorkshire Dales National Park The history of National Parks and the history of hostels and bunkhouses.
There are now 15 National Parks in the UK. The newest, the South Downs, was established in 2010. But the first National Park to be designated was the Peak District in 1951.
The history of the National Parks is fascinating. The impetus to form National Parks started some 20 years earlier with The Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932. In the years that followed organisations such as the Rambler’s Association, the Youth Hostels’ Association (YHA), the Council for the Preservation for Rural England (CPRE) and the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) rallied together to lobby the government for measures to protect, and allow access to the countryside, for the benefit of the nation.
Walkers in Exmoor National Park
But it wasn’t until the 1950’s that 10 National Parks were designated. In addition to the Peak District there were; The Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, Pembrokeshire Coast, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Northumberland and the Brecon Beacons. There was a long wait until the 1989 for the next new National Park, The Broads to be designated. Then in the 21st century Loch Lomand and the Trossachs, Cairngorms, The New Forest and The South Downs were all established.
The history of hostels and hostelling is closely bound with the history of the National Parks and the desire by many in the population to gain access to the countryside. As a result some of the earliest hostels and bunkhouses were set up in the first National Parks. As the number of visitors to the National Parks increased more and more hostels and bunkhouses were set up to cater for them. Now there are over 160 hostels and bunkhouses in our network of independent hostels which are located in the UK’s National Parks.
Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Peak District.
As well as being the first National Park, the Peak District is one of the most popular, with over 10 million visitors each year. Not surprisingly there is a wide selection of hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns offering visitors great value, self-catering accommodation. Go to the map above (enlarge it as necessary) to see exactly where these hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns are located. You will find them conveniently situated for all the Peak District attractions; the 1,600 miles of public rights of way, the 65 miles of off-road dedicated cycling and walking trails including the disused railways; High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail and Monsal Trail. There are bunkhouses and camping barns in Edale, the starting point of Pennine Way, Britain’s oldest long-distance national walking trail and the gateway to Kinderscout, which at 636 metres (2086 ft) is the highest point in the Peak District. As well as walkers, cyclists, and mountain bikers, frequent guests at the Peak District hostels and bunkhouses are climbers, as the Peak District is the training ground for some world class climbers.
Snowdonia National Park
For the less active there is a wonderful selection of beautiful country houses and stately homes to visit. Such is their charm that they are often used as film sets. You might recognise: Chatsworth (Pride and Prejudice), Haddon Hall (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, Henry VIII, Moll Flanders), North Lees Hall (Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Other Boleyn Girl). And once again you’ll find a hostel or bunkhouse just a short drive away.
Don’t delay, search our database for the perfect hostel for your next visit to one of the UK’s National Parks.