Bents Camping Barn, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4NX

Call Dorothy Ousby on 01768 371760


CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT (NEW FITTED KITCHEN & SHOWER ROOM). REOPENING SPRING 2020. Bents Camping Barn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, was formerly a shepherds' cottage in the 1600s. Remote and peaceful it is down a farm track, half a mile from the nearest road. There are 2 bunk rooms upstairs sleeping 15. On the ground floor there is a kitchen, a dining area and a WC with washbasins. Other facilities include electric lighting and power points throughout (£1 coin meter), crockery, cutlery, toaster, fridge, microwave, 3 electric cooking rings, 2 electric kettles, 2 electric convector heaters and parking. You will need sleeping bags, walking boots and warm clothes. Pillows, sheets and towels are provided. The barn is accessible from the Coast to Coast path and the Dales High Way and there is good fell walking in the Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Crosby Garrett Common. Smardale Gill Nature Reserve and Sunbiggin Tarn are nearby. The area is also ideal for mountain biking and the Settle to Carlisle Railway is five miles away at Kirkby Stephen. There is fishing in the village one mile away and the nearest pub for meals is 2 miles away. Easily accessed from all parts of the country, Bents Camping Barn is just 3 miles from the M6 at Tebay. This accommodation is featured on our map of Yorkshire and Lancashire and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    15: 1x9, 1x6
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    £12pp. Full barn £180
  • Booking:

    Booking is essential for groups in advance with full payment. Individuals are advised to phone first.
  • Directions:

    GR NY 708 065 OS map 91. From Junction 38 of the M6 take the A685 to Newbiggin-on-Lune. Take Great Asby Road on left then first right through tall gate. Follow tarmac road past Tower House and follow signs to Bents Farm up the track.
  • Public Transport:

    Train station at Kirkby Stephen (5 miles).
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation is in a National Park and is available to individuals. It is on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the Dales High Way, the or near to the Settle to Carlisle railway, the Hostels with Camping map, the camping barn map and the Coast to Coast Walk.

It has availability at Christmas and New Year.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
5Very basic accommodation


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Duke of Edinburgh groups love Bents Camping Barn

November 2nd 2019

Remote, isolated, half a mile from the nearest road and with views across to the Howgills, Bents Camping Barn is a perfect place for DofE groups to stay.

The basic accommodation, in remote Cumbria,  sleeps 14 in two rooms of bunk beds,  (pillows and bottom sheets provided, BYO sleeping bags).    There’s a simple kitchen with seating.  The beauty of this place it its location. With direct access to the fells, it’s close to the Coast to Coast and the Dales High Way walking routes and many local footpaths.

D of E groups welcome at Bents Camping Barn

Blow away the cobwebs this New Year with a night at Bent’s Camping Barn

October 7th 2019

Spend New Year’s Eve away from it all, on this remote camping barn in The Howgills.

Gather up to 14 hardy souls for a New Year to remember.  There’s fantastic walking, running and mountain biking in every direction and wonderful dark skies to entertain you at night.  There are two rooms of bunk beds, (pillows and bottom sheets provided, BYO sleeping bag) and a simple kitchen. Metered electricity provides lighting, sockets and heating.  Bring warm clothes!

New Year at Bents Camping Barn

Bents Camping Barn

March 17th 2018

…an embarrassment of countryside riches. …

Bents Camping Barn is in an enviable position. This bit of the Lune Valley is in the newly extended bit of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Meanwhile its postcode says Cumbria and it is part of the Lakeland Camping Barns network and clearly feels itself affiliated to the Lake District. The North Pennines AONB is equally close and with Smardale Gill and Great Asby Scar Nature Reserves on the doorstep and the Howgill Fells across the valley, clearly Bents has an embarrassment of countryside riches. 

It was formerly a shepherds’ cottage dating back to the 1600s and is now a charming stone-built bunkhouse. Upstairs there are 2 sleeping rooms with 14 bunk beds – not sleeping platforms. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with cooking area which is well provided with facilities, a dining area with tables and benches and a toilet with washbasins.

What a great base to set out from and to explore this rugged and delightful landscape.


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