Downham Camping Barn, Twiston Lane, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 4DF

Call Bookings Secretary on 01200 441667


Offering an unrivalled view across to Pendle Hill in the heart of the Trough of Bowland AONB, Downham Camping Barn is now being run by the Downham Estate rather than the YHA. It offers great value accommodation for many types of events and celebrations, as well as being very popular with walkers, cyclists and DofE groups.

The recently refurbished barn sleeps 12 upstairs. Guests will need to bring their own camp beds or roll mats. Below is a kitchen and sitting area with an adjoining gas heated shower and WC. Photovoltaic cells provide power for limited LED lighting (but not for phone charging) and there is a wood-burning stove with fuel available to purchase at time of booking. A gas cooker operated by a £1 coin meter is provided along with basic pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. Outside, there is space for additional tents – the number will depend on the tent size – as well as a gas barbeque and fire pit. There is parking for approximately four cars in a layby on the immediately adjacent lane.

The barn is situated just ¾ mile from the village itself so benefits from being both accessible to the facilities – popular pub, tearoom and ice cream shop - yet private for groups.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    12: 1x12
  • Open:

    All year.
  • Price per night:

    £12 pp.
  • Booking:

    Please e mail or phone the bookings secretary
  • Directions:

    From the A59 take the junction signposted for Chatburn, Rimington & Downham onto Sawley Road. Proceed to the centre of the village of Chatburn and turn onto Downham Road, follow this into Downham Village. At the Assheton Arms, turn left on to Twiston Lane and proceed 0.7 miles. The camping barn can be found close to the roadside on your right hand side.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest train station Clitheroe with direct trains from Manchester Victoria. Local buses go from Clitheroe to Downham Village Centre. From here, the camping barn is a short walk along Twiston Lane.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, a dark sky area, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the present or past youth hostel page, the Hostels with Camping map and the camping barn map.


aMixed dormitories
fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
kSelf catering facilities
ZDogs by arrangement


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News & Offers from Downham Camping Barn

Downham Camping Barn is taking bookings for Autumn and Winter breaks

July 21st 2020

Usage will depend on prevailing government guidelines at the time of the proposed booking. The normal additional cleaning fee of £30 has been temporarily increased to £55 to cover the cost of ‘deep cleans’ between hire periods, but the Barn still offers great value at £12 per person per night.

Downham Camping Barn ex YHA near Pendle Hill in the Trough of Bowland ANOB, Lancashire

Ex YHA Downham Camping Barn has joined Independent Hostels

June 18th 2019

Recently refurbished this gem of a camping barn was sadly missed by cyclists and walkers. The good news is that it is now up and running again providing dog friendly accommodation.

With unrivalled views of Pendle Hill in the Ribble Valley it has great walking and cycling on the doorstep.  It is close to the Witches Way and the Lancashire Cycleway, 2 miles from the Pendle Way and 2½ miles from the Ribble Way.  There is space for 12 inside (BYO mats and bedding) and an outside area for a few tents.   Dogs are also welcome.

Downham Camping Barn ex YHA near Pendle Hill in the Trough of Bowland ANOB, Lancashire
Downham Camping Barn ex YHA near Pendle Hill in the Trough of Bowland ANOB, Lancashire

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