Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel, Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AP
Call Valerie Gibson on 01434 344030
Hostel near Once Brewed on Hadrian's Wall.Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is a conversion of a barn on a traditional working hill farm near Once Brewed and Hadrian's Wall and close to the Pennine Way. The hostel is designed to reduce energy consumption and is centrally heated throughout. There are 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting and dining area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. The hostel has a drying room, lockers, laundry facilities and safe cycle storage. Ideal for families who may take a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome. Situated near Hadrian's Wall it is an excellent base for exploring the Roman sites, Hadrian's Wall Trail and Northumberland National Park.
Beds & Rooms:18: 3x6
Price per night:£20 adult, £14 child (under 12), including bedding (minimum of 8 people).
Booking:Advisable, groups require full payment 4 weeks before arrival.
Directions:From the A69, turn north at Bardon Mill, signed Once Brewed. Follow the signs towards Housesteads. At the B6318, turn right and then immediately left towards Steel Rigg. Follow for 1 mile, turn right to Gibbs Hill.
- Trains at Haltwhistle 6 miles. Regular bus service along A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle, and in summer the Hadrian's Wall bus runs between Haltwhistle and Hexham. Alight at Once Brewed Information Centre and walk north to farm. Last bus 5.30pm from Haltwhistle.
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Visit Gibbs Hill Farm on Hadrian’s Wall, the setting for centuries of peril and drama!
March 2nd 2022
Gibbs Hill Farm is a traditional working farm that dates back to the 17th century. The Anglo-Scottish boarder was a difficult place to run a farm 400 years ago due to the unrest between the Romans and the Scotts.
The farm had to constantly defend their livestock and themselves from the lawless Border Reivers who pledged alliegence to neither the English or the Scottish. They would killed mercilessly without regard for the victim’s nationality. Gibbs Hill was so named because the sheep stealers were hanged there on the gibbet as a warning to all!
If a Border Reiver was caught on a farm’s land in the act of stealing livestock or murdering, it was said that he had been “caught at the rede hand” which means pretty much what it sounds like; “caught with blood on your hands”. This is where the phrase “caught red handed” originates from. The outlaw would be murdered on the spot.
Nowadays there is much less murder, stealing and pillaging occuring on the farm. Rather, a beautiful place to stay while you navigate Hadrian’s Wall steeped with a long and rich history. The farm carries 50 suckler cows and calves and over 500 Swaledale cross ewes and lambs. There is also a small fold of Highland cattle to admire.
Hadrians Wall 1900, is a year long festival celebrating 1900 years since the Wall was built.
February 4th 2022
There is an exciting year ahead on the Wall at all the forts. Open for group bookings Gibbshill Farm Hostel is ideally placed to visit all the sites for the festival. Come and celebrate during 2022, 1900 years since the Wall was built by Emperor Hadrian and his troops.
Many events along the Wall at all the Forts including a play at Vindolanda on 25 and 26 June called ‘Gone to the Wall’
Find out more on the 1990 Festival Website.
Walking Hadrian’s Wall? There’s great accommodation at Gibbs Hill Farm near Once Brewed
March 26th 2021
Weary walkers will appreciate the warm welcome, the central heating, the drying room, the laundry facililities and the provision of bed linen.
Evening meals are available nearby and if you have a four legged walking friend, dogs are allowed in the hostel by arrangement. Sleeping 18 in 3 rooms of 6 beds (bunks) it is perfect of single walkers, couples, families or groups. Just be sure to book early on this very popular route.