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.
Accommodation in the UK's National Parks
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable block set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye & has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is nearby. The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups, with availability at weekends and during school holidays. There’s a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms, including some accessible rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities
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.
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 an easy walk away.
The Old School, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, North 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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Routen Cottage, 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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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.
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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Cwmfforest Farm, Pengenfford, Talgarth, Brecon, LD3 0EU
The Brecon Beacons National Park offers exceptional views and stunning landscape.
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Two Bridges Road, Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon, PL20 6QS
An ideal base for anyone wishing to spend time on Dartmoor whether it is to walk, climb, cycle, kayak or just relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Fox Tor Bunkhouse is situated near the centre of the village of Princetown. Guests can book packed lunches and breakfasts.The café has wood-burning stoves and provides lovely home-made food cooked to order. Guided walks & mountain biking are available as is mountain bike hire.
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 for groups of up to 18. It is 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.
Deshar Road, Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire, PH24 3BN
Run by outdoor fans who have hosted walkers, cyclists and families for over 20 years, Froach Lodge is more then just a place to stay. Andy and Rebecca will help you or your group organise a fantastic activity each day. The Lodge is warm and welcoming. Accommodation is in private twin/triple rooms, there is log burner in the lounge and space for drying and storing outdoor gear. A self catering kitchen is available or you can treat yourself to Rebecca’s delicious home cooking.
Beck Head Farm, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands. Cumbria, LA11 6SH
Between Grange Over Sands and Kendal on the northern shore of Morecambe Bay, within the beautiful Whitbarrow Nature Reserve in the southern Lake District. Built for cyclists and walkers with drying room, laundry, kitchen, diner, lounges, 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.
Ben Alder Road, Dalwhinnie, Highland, PH19 1AB
Dalwhinnie Old School Hostel is in the former village primary school, set in an acre of ground. Directly opposite the train station, it’s a perfect base to climb the many Munros in the area, as a stop over on the N7 cycle route, for mountain biking at nearby Laggan Wolftrax, or simply as a beautiful overnight stop when visiting Skye or the NC 500.Situated in the Cairngorms National Park it is across the field from the famous Dalwhinnie Distillery.
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.
34 - 38 Green Batt, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TU
The family friendly 4* hostel has private en suite rooms, dorms, lounge, games room & a spacious dining room. Located in town centre, so ideal for Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Garden, Lilidorei and Barter Books. Ideal for cyclists, bike storage in dedicated cycle hub. The coast, with glorious sandy beaches is just 15 mins drive, whilst inland the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall await.
Glenbeg, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, PH26 3NT
Glenbeg Bunkhouse & Bothy are part of the award-winning Cairngorms Activities Centre, situated just outside Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park. The well-equipped bunkhouse sleeps 25 in 3 bedrooms, while the cosy bothy sleeps 6 in one bunkroom.Outdoor activities are available. Aviemore, Speyside Way, Dava Way & the River Spey are all close by.
Chartners, Harwood Forest, Ewesley, Morpeth NE61 4LJ
Hidden away in Harwood Forest, near Rothbury, owned by Forestry England, Chartners Farm is definitely off the grid. It’s a 5 mile drive along forest tracks. Electricity is generated by a wind turbine & solar panels, a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the place cosy. The perfect spot to escape the rat race, relax, & recharge or get out into the countryside for walking or biking. Fully equipped for a self-catered break with LPG cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, radio CD and board games etc.
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 child, youth, adult and family/friend groups who seek to practice outdoor pursuits. BYO sleeping bags
The Sustainability Centre, 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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118-120 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel is situated close to Kendal’s town centre. It is available for exclusive hire only and provides comfortable and affordable accommodation for groups of outdoor enthusiasts, friends, and family.Kendal Hostel provides your group with 40 beds in eleven bedrooms, well-equipped self-catering facilities, a large comfy lounge with log burner, secure bike storage, and a drying room. At the gateway to the Lake District National Park, close to the Dales Way and LEJOG.
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.
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.
Grisedale Farm, Whinfell, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9EN
Excellant value group accommodation in the Lake District National Park
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Ballater Hostel, Bridge Square, Ballater, AB35 5QJ
With Cairngorms National Park, Balmoral Castle, and more!
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Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel 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.There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
Hawes Road, Chapel le Dale, Ingleton, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, The Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 26. 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.
Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 3LX
11-bedroom farmhouse offering exclusive use hire group accommodation. Shap is in the Eden Valley, 5 minutes drive from the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales and the Howgills. On Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller’s Way. With own bar that can be stocked with beers from local breweries.
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. Bike/canoe storage and tourist information are available. Local activities include fishing, hiking, white water rafting and mountain biking. Surf Snowdonia is within walking distance and Zip World is a short drive.
Bretton, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5QD
Bretton Hostel, in the heart of the Peak District near Eyam & Hathersage, feels remote on Bretton Edge. It’s a peaceful space with far-reaching views across the Peak. Excellent walks & cycle rides from the door. Perfect for winding down, for outdoor activities & for gatherings. Fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room, WiFi, secure cycle store & eco-studio. Bottom sheet & pillow provided, but bring your own bedding. Local pubs nearby.
Great Langdale Bunkhouse, Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JU
Great Langdale Bunkhouse is situated at the foot of the Langdale fells, amidst some of the finest mountain scenery in England. There’s direct access to mountain biking, road cycling, walking, fell running, wild swimming & climbing.The bunkhouse sleeps 18 across 5 simple but comfortable rooms. Each room has a kettle, double plug socket & free WiFi. The bunkhouse has biomass central heating throughout so it’s toasty warm with an endless supply of hot water & powerful showers. Secure bike storage available on request.
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.
There are comfortable dormitory style bunk beds and 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.
Craiglan, Betws-y-Coed, LL24 0AW
The Vagabond Bunkhouse/Hostel is in the heart of 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 & a bar. Catering is available & there is a Pizza restaurant on site (notice required).Outside there’s a climbing wall, a power wash & heated dog kennels!
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, DofE, students or climbers who wish to explore this popular area. There are no beds so BYO sleeping mat and bedding. The rooms are centrally heated, there’s a well equipped kitchen & hot showers.
Kirkstead, Tatterthorn Ln, Ingleton, Carnforth, North Yorkshire LA6 3DU
Dales Lodge offers luxury hostel style accommodation on the outskirts of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. Oozing quality with a Swiss chalet feel, the Lodge sleeps 28 across 6 rooms. With underfloor heating throughout. A small meeting room with climbing wall, whiteboard and TV is available to hire and outdoor activities can be organised. Book a bed, a room or the whole place. It’s perfect for a family holiday, a weekend away or a gathering of friends.
Cardrona, Peebles EH45 9HT
Kailzie BIG Lodge, offers state-of-the-art bunkhouse accommodation. Situated in the heart of the Tweed Valley, just outside the vibrant town of Peebles and within easy access of Edinburgh & Glasgow. It is perfect for an adventurous escape. Sleeping 27 across 6 lovely rooms each with a dedicated bathroom. Book by the room or book sole use of the whole lodge for outdoor groups and extended family and friends get-togethers. Close to famous Mountain bike areas of Glentress and Innerleithen.
Ashbourne Methodist Church, Church Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1AE
CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT. RE-OPENING IN 2025.Ashbourne Gateway Centre, in the pretty market town of Ashbourne, is a perfect base for exploring the landscape & attractions of the Peak District.The Tissington trail off-road cycle/walking route starts opposite. Carsington Water,The Roaches & Alton Towers make great days out and are all close by.
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.
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 is a former golf club recently converted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups. Attractions nearby include Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Bounce Below, Zip World, Antur Stiniog, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Go Below Adventures, Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre, Portmeirion Italian Village, White Water Rafting, Harlech Castle and Black Rock Sands.
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 large campsite.
Gumber Farm, Slindon, West Sussex, BN18 0RN
Gumber Bothy Camping Barn & Campsite is now open. A converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust’s Slindon Estate, Gumber Bothy 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 5 mins’ walk from Stane Street, the Roman Road that crosses the South Downs Way at Bignor Hill. NO CARS.
Mount Hooly, 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, WiFi and car permit (to access this private valley) are provided. 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.
Bron-y-Gader 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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Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is the Highland Edge retreat for hikers, families, friends & mountain bikers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The eco-lodge offers beautiful en suite rooms with king-size beds, lots of wood & natural touches. Together with a barn, courtyard & wild places it is also available for sole use & weddings. On-site facilities include a field-to-fork café, bike shop & hire, lots of bike trails & farm shop. A footpath takes you to the village of Comrie & to stunning glens and mountains.
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 as a tradition youth hostel, 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.
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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Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LS
Mount Cook, a fantastic purpose built centre, offers groups of 8 - 180 the perfect base for an exciting weekend or holiday in the Peak District. A whole range of outside activities can be organised on- or off-site for a min of 8 people. Popular with schools, clubs, corporate team building, weddings and gatherings of friends and families. B&B, full or half board. Self-catering with sole use bookings.
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 welcome (on a lead as there are ducks, hens and geese.)
Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4QX
The highest hostel in Britain! Escape the crowds at this remote mountain hostel. Hire the whole place for a small group of friends or family. No roads, no other buildings, no phone signal: just uninterrupted beautiful mountain views. An easy walk or mountain bike ride from Keswick or Threlkeld. Rustic but comfortable with a wood burning stove, hot showers, a well-stocked shop/bar and full bedding provided.
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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The Brookfield, 45 South Street, Braunton EX33 2AN
The Rafters is a luxury small hostel in the bustling village of Braunton just off the North Devon Coast. It sleeps 6 in 2 twin rooms & one double. Book a bed, a room or the whole place. Situated directly on the South West Coast Path, the Tarka Trail and Devon Coast to Coast cycle route, NCN 27 the accommodation is perfect for walkers and cyclists.All bedding & towels are provided. Breakfast packs and pack lunches can be ordered in advance.
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.
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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Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
The Star Bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons National Park is opposite the New Inn (Brecknockshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020), well known for its real ales, great food & friendly atmosphere.
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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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Caldbeck, Lake District, Cumbria, CA7 8EA
Caldbeck Glamping accommodation is in the centre of Caldbeck Village close to Wainwright’s Northern Fells. Opposite The Odd Fellows pub and close to the village store. The self contained barns sleep 6 and 4. Three people can sleep in the Bothy and there is space for a small tent or two. Caldbeck is a 25 minute drive from M6 and right on The Cumbria Way and The Reivers Cycle route. Sit back and enjoy everything this hidden Lake District village has to offer.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 147-bed, Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, schools, & outdoor activities. Close to wild woodlands & stunning beaches. It comprises four large group houses, 2 of which are dog friendly. Book by the house or book the whole centre for your sole use.
Laggan Bridge by Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, PH20 1AN. Scotland
This beautifully maintained village hall offers it’s main hall for low cost accommodation for up to 25. BYO sleeping mat and bedding. There’s a well equipped kitchen, showers/WCs, games rooms & free Wi-Fi.Situated in the sleepy village of Laggan, it is ideal for mountain biking (Laggan Wolftrax mountain bike centre is down the road), walking, mountaineering, wildlife and much more. On the Scottish National Trail and close to the Great North Trail and the LEJOG cycle route.
Fryup Gill Farm, Great Fryup Dale, Whitby, North Yorkshire Y021 2AP
The perfect bunkhouse for cyclists, walkers and lovers of the outdoors.This stylish purpose-built bunk house has a bike shop, repair centre, cafe & bike hire.Situated away from the crowds in the stunningly beautiful North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Cyclehub Bunkhouse sleeps up to 26 guests across 6 ensuite rooms.Book by the bed, the room or book sole use of the whole place.
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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The Dinas Castle Inn is a pub with B&B, camping & 2 bunkrooms in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkhouse rooms are fully carpeted and centrally heated with en-suite wet rooms. Stag/hen do's are very welcome. Free WiFi throughout. Full cooked breakfast included in the price. Glamping is available in the Shepherds Hut (please enquire prior to booking).
Upper Neeston Farm, Dale Road, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, SA73 3RY
Staying within the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
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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 Coastal Path passes the end of the lane.
Fountain Square, Church Street, Youlgreave, near Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1UR
At the centre of the pretty village of Youlgreave in the heart of the White Peak, this youth hostel has been given a contemporary upgrade under private management. The hostel has an on-site cafe, artisan bakery and a pre-loved bookshop. There is a self-catering kitchen, a patio with picnic tables, cycle storage and nine private bedrooms (some en suite). Individual travellers are always welcome.
Chapel House, Glasbury-On-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5NP
This 5 star luxury Bunkhouse sleeps up to 18 guests. Located in Glasbury, only 3 miles from Hay-on-Wye, the world famous town of books.Situated in the midst of the Upper Wye Valley with the famous River Wye running outside the front door. Talk to Wye Valley Canoes next door and organise a canoeing adventure. The Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains, the waterfalls of the Elan Valley and Offas Dyke are all close by.
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.
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.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of Blaenavon World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation & camping on eleven ‘remote’ pitches with fine views over the Vale of Usk. Sympathetically renovated to retain its rustic charm, the 400-year-old bunkhouse provides self-catering accommodation for 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, towels & pillowcases. The electric heating may be cool for some in winter.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
In the untouched Ennerdale Valley of the Lake District, Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre beckons. At the base of Pillar and Red Pike, this eco-friendly centre offers spacious communal areas, a classroom, and a sprawling meadow for relaxation or activities. Ideally located for self-led adventures, with connections to outdoor providers, you are sure of a memorable stay for all ages, especially schools and universities.
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/diner 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.
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 opening onto a patio with great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire.All groups staying in the bunkhouse need to be doing an organised activity.
Snowdon House, Nant Peris, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4UL
Ideal group accommodation for up to 10 people, Snowdon House Bunkhouse lies in the iconic Llanberis Pass at the foot of Snowdon and now has a brand new 7 person hot tub. Surrounded by stunning Snowdonia landscape, it is the perfect base for walkers, climbers, cyclists & families wanting to explore Snowdonia.With walks, scrambling & climbing on the doorstep & a short drive to beaches, castles, steam trains and the famous Zip Wire, there is something for everybody.
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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Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5XJ
High House has a large open common room, great for relaxing in front of the nice warm stove.
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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 kitchen and sitting/dining area below. A separate toilet and shower are within the building. A wood-burning stove makes it nice and cosy. Outside there is a BBQ area. The star-filled night skies are magical. Self catering hayloft is also available (sleeping up to 4 - 2 adults and 2 children).
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 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.
Whernside House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5QU
The multi award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value home-made meals & local beer in the 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
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.
19a and 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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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.
Houghton Farm, Houghton, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LW
Perfect for walkers, cyclists, runners etc wanting to stay in the South Downs National Park. This beautifully converted barn on a working farm is on the South Downs Way. Equipped with 2 ovens, microwave, fridge/freezer toasters, kettles, dishwasher, washing machine & tumble dryers. Courtyard with BBQ. Pubs & cafes within walking distance. Secure bike storage & bike wash.
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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Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a stunning Georgian mansion, standing in its own spacious grounds between the Falls & the Lake, 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, and groups of all types. Book a bed, a room, a camping pod or take over the hostel.
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.
In secluded, ancient woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, Blytheswood offers two cosy & peaceful self-catering spaces. The Nest sleeps two in a double bed & The Cabin sleeps two in a double bed + 1 child (2 at a squeeze) for two+ nights. Walk straight from the door to Heltor & Blackingstone Rock or along the River Teign valley to Fingle Bridge & Castle Drogo. Cross stepping stones to Dunsford village. Near Moretonhampstead & Exeter, 30 minutes from beaches & the open moor.
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre in the Lake District sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater. Guests enjoy easy access to Keswick and the mountains beyond 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 groups or large families.Outdoor activities can be arranged.
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 underfloor heating, comfortable beds and a drying room guests invariably return. On Snowdonia Slate Trail & Lon Las Cymru .
Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX
Rydal Hall Bunkhouse provides group accommodation for up to 28 in four rooms at the heart of the Lake District. There’s a large common room, drying room & a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen. En-suite rooms for up to 50 people are available in The Hall and there is a quiet campsite and eco-pods for individuals/families in the grounds. Dogs welcome by arrangement.
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.
Close by are the High Peak Trail for walking & cycling, and Black Rocks for bouldering & climbing. Nearby Cromford has Arkwright’s mills, a World Heritage Site, & Cromford Canal. Suitable for self-catering groups, the accommodation includes a spacious multi-purpose hall.
The Dod, Powburn, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 4JL
At Ilderton Dod Barns, sheep farming is our main enterprise and the annual cycle seems to come around faster each year. The rams have been out with the ewes since November and within the next month the ewes will be pregnancy scanned, with lambing starting mid-April. Our Scottish Blackface sheep are ideally suited to the wild hills surrounding the holiday accommodation, but for lambing time most ewes are brought closer in so it's impossible not to see our lambs during this time.
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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.
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.
Middle Lane, Kettlewell, Skipton, BD23 5QX
In the village of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Wharfeside house provides self-catering accommodation for groups. It has a well equipped kitchen with Aga and fridge freezer, showers with male and female toilets, a large communal space, drying area and large indoor bike/equipment store. Onsite parking for 4 vehicles.
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. Snowdon is a 30 minute drive away. 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.
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.
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 CC’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.
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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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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Gateham Grange, Alstonefield, Ashbourne, Derbys. DE6 2FT
Close to Dovedale, the Manifold Cycle Trail, Carsington Water, Alton Towers & the Roaches Rocks (great for climbers). Ideal for quiet group get-togethers, families, cyclists, walkers, DofE, scouts, schools and team building. Camping in the comfort of a remote cosy barn with log burning stove, toilet & water. No electric and no distractions. Stands in a meadow, off the beaten track with great views. BYO camping equipment.
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.
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 8 dormitories vary in size from 1 to 10 beds, complete with duvets & linen. The Centre is centrally heated & has a common room, large kitchen, drying room, hot showers and outdoor seating. Located in Betws-y-Coed, the Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
Dinorwig, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3EY
Escape to Snowdonia at Lodge Dinorwig. With a 14 bed bunk room and all catering provided it's the perfect base for your adventures exploring the beauty of North Wales.From cosy sofas to large tables, this Hostel is a great place to plan and get ready for those adrenaline-fueled activities in Eryri (Snowdonia) while soaking in the stunning vistas of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and Llanberis.
Glenprosen, 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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Blue Peris Mountain Centre, Dinorwic, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. LL55 3ET
White Peris Lodge is part of Blue Peris Mountain Centre in the heart of Snowdonia. The Lodge sleeps 13 across 4 rooms. Well equipped, there’s a self catering kitchen, central heating, hot showers, bike storage, drying rooms, picnic tables & parking.While the Lodge is perfect for families & small groups, the main Centre sleeps 60 & is ideal for large groups & schools. Outdoor activities available.
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.
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.
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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Almond Lodge Helvellyn, Greenside Road, Glenridding. CA11 0QR
Almond Lodge is a newly refurbished luxury group hostel perched 1/3 of the way up Helvellyn in the Lake District. Sleeping up to 28 across 4 rooms with breathtaking views from every window, the Lodge is perfect for groups of walkers, climbers, cyclists, runners, swimmers or friends and families in need of some mountain therapy. The village of Glenridding with local shops, nice pubs and restaurants and the southern end of Ullswater is just over 1 mile away.
Lawrence House, Church Street, Tremadog, Nr Porthmadog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, LL49 9PS
Snowdon Lodge, the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia, offers sole use for a get-together with friends & family. An ideal self-catering group base in Snowdonia. Large Victorian property set in 4-acre grounds in a pretty village. Pet friendly. Well-equipped kitchen. Spacious dining room. Modern lounge. BBQ area. Private parking. Games room. Additional lecture/seminar/prayer room for hire. En-suite bedrooms including 1 ground floor accessible bedroom.
19 Brunswick Square, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7LR
Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for the C2C cycle route. Excellent value accommodation for visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley & the North Lake District.Bike storage, cleaning, and maintenance facilities on site. Kitchen & dining, en suite rooms with beds made up, lockers, bedside lights & USB points. Individuals, small parties & groups welcome.
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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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.
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.
Lower House Farm, Pantygelli, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7HR
Smithy’s Bunkhouse accommodates groups of up to 24 in two dormitories of 12 bunks.Located on a working farm just outside Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons, there are great walking/running and cycling routes from the doorstep.A range of outdoor activities can be organised if required. There’s a traditional pub serving bar snacks and meals at the end of the drive for the times you don’t want to self-cater.
The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AE
A friendly welcome awaits at Airton Barn. Next to the 17th century Friends Meeting House, Airton Barn offers simple bunkhouse accommodation for up to 12 people & storage for 5 bikes. Near popular walking & cycling routes & some of Yorkshire’s finest tourist destinations,Perfect for walkers, cyclists & small groups & for basic family holiday accommodation.
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn Farm offers exclusive use of the Bunkhouse for group accommodation, sleeping 19. Minutes away from waterfalls & the best walking in the Brecon Beacons. New fully equipped kitchen, big lounge, wifi and central heating provides the perfect year round stay. 3 bedrooms, 14 single beds and two sets of bunks. Outside fire pit & undercover BBQ area. Catering available & organised outdoor activities if required. Camping facilities.
Islawrdref, Dolgellau, LL40 1TB
Kings Hostel offers groups a uniquely private and affordable place to stay amidst the mountains of Snowdonia. With fabulous walking and cycle routes on the doorstep, a short drive to the coast and all the attractions on the National Park close by, there is something for everyone. Sleeping groups of up to 42 on a sole use basis, this historic hostel is ever popular with schools, clubs and family and friend get-togethers
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 bunkbarn is warm & well appointed with one dorm of mostly single beds. The camping barn provides simple, single-night shelter for walkers and cyclists.
Old School, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9TQ
Perfect for schools, education groups, family celebrations and groups of all kinds, 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.
The Old Shippon, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire. BD24 0JE
Luxury accommodation for 6 + 3 kids in the centre of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Hawks Barn sits in a sleepy hamlet just a 10 min walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale.With easy access to the Pennine Way, the Pennine Bridleway, the 3 Peaks Challenge and other routes it makes a fantastic base for an adventure in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Run on the lines of a ski chalet you can opt for catered meals or self-cater.
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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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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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.
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 BlencathraGuests 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.
Burtersett Road, Hawes, North Yorks, DL8 3NP
Situated in the market town of Hawes in Wensleydale, Chapel Gallery Bunkhouse offers comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests. Book a bed in a dorm, a private room (sleeps 5) or the whole bunkhouse.With The Pennine Way on the doorstep, and easy access to footpaths, bridleways as well as the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks, the bunkhouse is perfect for walkers, cyclists and runners.
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.
6 Bridgend, Callander, FK17 8AH
Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, CYP Holidays is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this accommodation 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
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HG
Situated in the village of Greenhead on both the Pennine Way & Hadrian’s Wall, this bunkhouse is ideal for walkers or for exploring the Roman heritage sites. It has a self-catering kitchen big enough for large groups. Book by the bed, the room or for sole use. Run by Greenhead Hotel just over the road. Separate flat also available
Tanrallt Terrace, Llanllyfni, Caearnarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 6RR
With the mountains of Snowdonia on the doorstep, The Snowdonia Slate Trail and Lon Las Cymru passing very close by, Capel Tantrallt is the perfect base for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Choose from 2 self contained units; The Chapel sleeping 12 or the Hideaway sleeping 4-6.
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Station Road, Askrigg, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 3HZ
Low Mill Outdoor Centre, a not-for-profit charity, lies on the edge of the pretty village of Askrigg in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales.With good access to many walks, cycle routes, rivers, climbs and caves it is the perfect base for all types of groups; schools, clubs and friend & family get-togethers.
Ash Road, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4HH
The Roost's cosy wooden cabins are tucked away in a leafy corner of a village just south of Merthyr Tyfil and on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. There are 5 cabins; 4 sleep 2 adults & 2 children and share 3 well equipped inside-outside kitchens, indoor & outdoor dining areas & a shower block. The other larger cabin sleeps 2 adults & 1 child & has it's own en suite shower room & kitchenette. Book by the cabin or book the whole site.
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. Six self-catering/self-contained rooms sleeping 8 or 10 people in the Barn. A self-catering unit sleeping 8 people in The Engine House. Plus an AA 3 Pennant campsite. Perfect for D of E expeditions and many outdoor activities. Instruction is available.
Greenlee Farm, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AS
Tastefully converted from a stone cowshed, Loughviews Bunkroom, offers comfortable & affordable accommodation for up to 4 guests with a kettle and fridge. Book by the bed or sole use. Occupying an idyllic, secluded position, 2.5 miles along a private track. With Hadrians Wall, the Pennine Journey & the Pennine Way close by it is perfect for walkers. For families it’s great for exploring Northumberland National Park.
Kentmere, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 9JP
You’ll find Maggs Howe Camping Barn in the quiet, unspoilt valley of Kentmere. It’s a ramblers’ paradise with woods, fields, lanes, a scattering of traditional farms & the fells covered with Wainwright walks.There is plenty to do including biking, riding & fishing, as well as quiet enjoyment. Maggs Howe provides B&B in 3 farmhouse rooms and a camping barn (BYO sleeping bag). Breakfast (£8) and suppers (from £14) are available with notice. Dogs need prior permission.
The Living Energy, Lower Cwmcadarn Farm, Velindre, LD30TB
The Living Energy Barn (formally Cadarn Bunkhouse) is uniquely located in the National Park with 360 degree panoramic views from the Black Mountains to Wye Valley. Direct access to the Black Mountains & 26 acres of garden & pasture to roam. Remote but close to Hay on Wye & Talgarth.
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 and personal towels.
Balmaha, Loch Lomond, G63 0JQ
Set on the banks of Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way, Balmaha Bunkhouse offers quality assured accommodation for up to 13 at an affordable price, with bedding, WiFi, and a self service simple breakfast provided.The bunkhouse is ideal for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, family get-togethers, corporate away-days, meetings, conferences or as a base to explore the wider area. Welcome to the romantic, adventurous and beautiful experience of Loch Lomond.
Pentre Bach, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 7AJ
Situated between Waunfawr and Betws Garmon, Pentre Bach Bunkhouse provides alpine style, dog friendly accommodation 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.
Ffordd Gerlan, Gerlan, Bethesda, Bangor, LL57 3ST
Caban Cysgu, run by Gerlan community, offers purpose-built accommodation at the foot of the Carneddau. Perfect for walking in Snowdonia, Tryfan 10 mins away and Wyddfa (Snowdon) 25 mins drive. A great base for the ‘Welsh 3,000’. Convenient for Snowdonia & Cambrian Ways & Slate Trail. Just 5 mins from Zip World; the longest & fastest zip line in Europe. Plenty of mountain bike trails on the doorstep & road cyclists have Sustrans ‘Lôn Las Ogwen’ route a mile away. For climbers, Idwal is nearby, for canoeists Afon Ogwen is popular.
Golan, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd, LL51 9AQ
Formerly Cwm Pennant Hostel, Brynkir Coach House offers welcoming & relaxed accommodation for groups of 6-66 across dorms, en suite family/private rooms & a self contained flat. Set within stunning grounds in the Snowdonia National Park with fantastic views of the Cwm Pennant valley & Moel Hebog. Local caterers are available. The area is ideal for hill walking, rock climbing, canoeing. For cyclists Lon Las Cymru is on the door step!
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Visitors to this iconic national park will be immersed in the landscape
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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 4-12. 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.
Kilnsey, North Yorkshire. BD23 5PT
Nestling in the Yorkshire Dales, Wharfedale Lodge offers luxury, hotel quality, accommodation to groups of 6-20 in 8 comfortable twin rooms and a further 4 bed family room (2 x bunks).
Groups of friends, families and corporates will enjoy the stunning location and the top quality facilities. With the famous Kilnsey Crag close by, the beautiful market town of Skipton a short drive away, the Dales Way on the doorstep and fishing, golf and pony trekking nearby there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.
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.
Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HB
Situated in Horton in Ribblesdale, the 3 Peaks Bunkbarns are perfect for walking on the Pennine Way and the 3 Peaks.The main barn has 4 rooms each sleeping up to 8. The second barn has 4 rooms each sleeping up to 6, with en-suite shower rooms. Both have a kitchen/dining room.
Lion Street, Dolgellau, LL40 1DG
There are endless options to explore our beautiful part of Snowdonia National Park by foot.
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Lower Station Rd, Tyndrum, FK20 8RY
By The Way Hostel & Campsite is in Loch Lomond National Park. There’s excellent walking, climbing & white water rafting in the area. 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 & great self-catering facilities. For more comfort still there are 2 chalets; one 3-bed, the other 2-bed.
Fisherhead, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, Yorkshire. YO22 4ST
The Old School House welcomes schools, groups, walkers and families to the picturesque village of Robins Hood’s Bay. Home to one of the best beaches on Yorkshire’s east coast. At the end of Wainright’s Coast to Coast walk and on The Cleveland Way. Ideal for groups of families and friends to book exclusively and also available to individual families looking for an affordable holiday by the sea.
Gwastad Agnes Off Panorama Road, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1DX
Whether cycling or walking you will love this cosy, clean and comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of Cader Idris and Cardigan Bay. Handy for Cycle Route 8, Cambrian Way & Mawddach Trail. Bunkorama is an ideal place to stopover for a few days exploring the mountains, rivers and beaches of the Cambrian Coast. There is also a camping pod and camp site.
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 nearby. The accommodation sleeps 8 in 4 private bedrooms with small shared self-catering kitchen & single shower room. There are no bunks & no shared dormitories. Above the owners family home with a flat garden for camping and a small workshop for bike repair/storage.
Park Square, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AD
After a long day of adventures, why not rest your weary head in a former Edwardian police house, now a delightful self contained hostel?
Conveniently located in the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This self contained unit is perfect for family or friends get togethers. It’s an ideal location for adventures such as Zip World, Go Below, mountain and beach walks or mountain biking. CellB is the perfect place to recover, recuperate, and soak up the vibrant landscape.
Rookhow, Rusland, nr Grizedale, Ulverston, South Lakeland, LA12 8LA
Escape to the heart of the Lake District, leaving the crowds behind. Rookhow is a secluded haven of tranquility, with 12 acres of private ancient woodland nestled between Coniston and Lake Windermere. Stay in the cosy self-catering barn with its log fires and snug sitting room and make use of the campfire, outdoor seating area and yurt in the woods. Hire the historic Quaker Meeting House for extra group space.
Hostels and Bunkhouses in National Parks
The spectacular National Parks in 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.
Bunkhouse in the Peak District National Park
If you go to the map 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, 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 to clubs and big family/friend get-togethers. Others are much more cozy 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 and are often little more than a ‘stone tent’. You will most likely need to bring all your own sleeping and cooking equipment. However, they are some of the cheapest forms of accommodation you can find.
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. Which has hugely benefitted 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 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. Who knows where could be next?
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 to them. Now there are hundreds of hostels and bunkhouses in our network 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 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. This is because 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 recognize: 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.