Airton Barn, The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AE

Call Cindy Metcalfe- Volunteer Resident Friend on 01729 900018

Self-catering bunkhouse in the Yorkshire Dales

Airton Barn offers overnight accommodation for up to 8 people. Situated in the quiet village of Airton in central Malhamdale, the Barn is on the Pennine Way and the Way of the Roses cycle route. It is an easy walk from Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss. The Three Peaks and Brontë Country are a short drive away.

The historic Friends Meeting House on site has been used by Quakers since the mid-17th century, being located in the region known by Quakers as '1652 Country'. The Lower Barn sleeps 1 or 2 in a single bed & sofa bed. It has a private kitchen and a WC/shower room. The Upper Barn (on the first floor) has a comfortable seating area and floor space for six throw-down mattresses (provided). It also has it’s own equipped kitchen and WC/ shower room .

Book either barn separately or book both together. Every booking has sole use of the building. Bookings for up to 3 guests in either barn have bed linen and towels included. Larger groups in the Upper Barn should BYO linen or hire.

Additionally tent space in the enclosed garden for up to 2 medium tents can be hired.

Up to 5 adult bicycles may be stored on site.

Food supplies can be ordered in advance and collected from the village farm shop or other local stores.

Bring your own sleeping bags or hire bed linen and towels £7.50 per set.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Yorkshire and Lancashire and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    12: 1x6 (bunks), 1x6 (floor mattresses)
  • Open:

    Open year round for singles/ couples. Min two night stay Nov-April
  • Price per night:

    Singles/couples £40/£60. Groups up to 6 £120; up to twelve £180.
  • Booking:

    Groups fewer than 6 may book up to 3 months in advance; groups 6 or larger may book at any time.
  • Directions:

    Approaching Airton from Gargrave take the first right. The Barn is attached to the Friends Meeting House at the bottom of the village green. From Pennine Way, turn left into the village at Airton Mill. Go to the first building on the left and knock on the white door. GR SD 904592
  • Public Transport :

    Trains at Skipton (9 miles) and Gargrave (5 miles by road, 4 miles by Pennine Way). Limited buses from Skipton (via Gargrave) and Malham.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Pennine Way Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Dales Highway Yorkshire Three Peaks Settle to Carlisle
This accommodation is featured on the following pages
Individuals welcome Village Halls Retreats Accommodation for Cyclists Walking Festivals


aMixed dormitories
dBedding provided
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
tWithin 1 mile of NCN


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News & Offers from Airton Barn

This historic Quaker meeting house and accommodation is back open for business!

March 7th 2023

After being closed for nearly 3 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airton Barn is reopening its doors on April 1st, and it’s an exciting moment for travellers and backpackers alike. This hostel, located in the beautiful village of Airton in North Yorkshire, England, has been a popular destination for budget travellers for many years. What makes this hostel even more special is that it is run by the Quakers who are known for their commitment to social justice and community service. The historic Friends Meeting House on site has been used by Quakers since the mid-17th century, being located in the region known by Quakers as ‘1652 Country’. 

Airton Barn is not just any hostel; it’s an ethical hostel that provides rest for travellers while promoting sustainable tourism practices.  Airton Barn is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all guests, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or religion.

A historic venue in its own right, Airton Friends Meeting House has a fascinating story to tell about the origins of Quakerism in this region. With so many other ancient religious sites in the area, the Barn makes an ideal base for pilgrimages and journeys of architectural discovery. They host retreats of various kinds, faith-based or otherwise, as well as creative courses and workshops.

One of the great things about Airton Barn is that it’s located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The village of Airton is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and it’s a perfect base for exploring the area. Guests can enjoy hiking, cycling, and other outdoor activities while admiring the stunning scenery of the Dales. The hostel is also within easy reach of several historic sites, including Bolton Abbey and Skipton Castle.

Overall, the reopening of Airton Barn is an exciting moment for travellers who are looking for a unique and ethical place to stay.  So, whether you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller, or a family looking for an affordable and ethical accommodation, Airton Barn should be added to your 2023 bucket list.

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Spend your Easter break in Malhamdale, staying at the historic Airton Barn.

February 19th 2023

Located in the quiet town of Airton this friends meeting house serves as a calm place to unwind.  Being on major walking and cycling routes means that there’s always opportunity to explore the Yorkshire Dales. Perhaps a trip out to Brontë county see where the classic authors garnered inspiration for their novels.  Give yourself a break this Easter with a relaxing trip to Airton Barn.

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