Slack House Farm, Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DB

Call Denise and Iain Canning on 0781 800 2074

Restful Bunk Barn overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall

Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Bordering the dark-skies area of the Northumberland National Park, it is on the NCN 72, Hadrians' cycle route, and is only a field away from Hadrian's Wall National Trail.

Adjacent to the dairy, the bunk barn is a restful, cosy place to base your Hadrian's Wall stay. You can book a private en suite bedroom, individual shared dorm with shared use of the kitchen and lounge. Or you can book sole use of the whole barn for your group.

There are 3 en suite rooms sleeping 8, 5 and 3 in single beds. Each room has its own shower, toilet, hot water and heated towel rail. The beds are made up with fresh duvets and towels are provided.

The common area has a wood pellet-fired stove which gives a warm heart to the room and provides under-floor heating throughout the barn. It has sofas, a dining table and a kitchen area with fridge, kettle, oven, hob and microwave. There is a separate laundry with drying room.

The farm's organic produce (eggs, cheese, yoghurt, home-cooked ready made meals) and a small selection of local products can be purchased from the farm shop.

Self served continental breakfast is included in the overnight fee.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    16: 3 rooms. (1x3,1x5, 1x8)
  • Open:

    All year
  • Price per night:

    £35pp including continental breakfast, bedding and towels. Private rooms from £70 (2 person).
  • Booking:

    Pre booking is essential. Pre payment is necessary to secure a booking.
  • Directions:

    On B6318, GR NY670613. From A69, from the west take turning for Gilsland & Spadeadam.(shortly after Northumberland county boundery sign) From east take right turn signed Greenhead. Follow Hadrian's Wall signs to Birdoswald. Do not turn left to the fort but continue a further 200 metres. If using GPS it will take you to the neighboring farm at Kilnhill.
  • Public Transport :

    Carlisle-Newcastle train line 9km. Bus 5km. AD122/185 bus request stop 200m. (Kiln Hill junction).
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Hadrians Wall Path Hadrians Cycleway Pennine Way Pennine Journey Land's End to John O Groats on foot Cathedral Cycle Route Trans Euro Trail
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available New Year 2023 / 2024 Available February Half Term 2024 Available Easter 2024 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2024 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Half Term 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
hSome areas heated
mMeals available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
9Best Price Guarantee


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Slack House Farm is a gem of a hostel on Hadrian’s Wall

August 3rd 2023

Welcome to Slack House Farm, a haven of respite for cyclists and long-distance walkers tracing the ancient Hadrian’s Wall. This welcoming refuge, nestled on a working organic dairy farm, beckons weary travelers with its unique blend of rustic charm and modern comforts.

As you tread the path of history, Slack House Farm stands as an affordable sanctuary, perfectly attuned to the needs of Hadrian’s Wall walkers. With the capacity to sleep 16 individuals, each room comes with a shower, toilet, hot water, and heated towel rail.  The beds are freshly made up and towels are provided.  The continetal breakfast and dedicated laundry and drying room ensure you’re ready for the next leg of your journey.

A shared common room invites camaraderie among fellow travellers, while the self-catering kitchen allows you to whip up a warm meal or heat up one of our homemade frozen ready made meals. The wood pellet-fired stove warms both body and soul, providing a cosy ambience and gentle under-floor heating throughout the communal space.

Hadrian's Wall AD122 bus

Slack House Farm boasts the breathtaking backdrop of Birdoswald Roman Fort, offering a unique connection to the history of Hadrian’s Wall. Whether you seek solace, shared stories, or a place to rejuvenate, Slack House Farm extends its open arms to bikers, cyclists and walkers exploring Hadrian’s Wall, promising a tranquil haven in the heart of your historic journey. You can book your stay at Slack House Farm here. 

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0.5km from the Wall, overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort

April 5th 2022

Slack House Farm near Gilsland is all geared up for the needs of wall walkers. The on-site cheese shop sells meals and provisions, there are laundry facilities and bedding can be hired.

Slack House Farm, is just a field away from the Birdoswald Roman Fort which is well worth a visit. It is home to some of the best preserved parts for the wall. Hadrian’s Wall will spread as far as the eye can see. There is also a Roman fort, a turret and milecastle to explore. This organic dairy farm is home to a herd of beautiful Ayrshire cows and the Birdoswald Organic Cheese Dairy as well as a farm shop, so you can sample the great things the farm has to offer.

Three people walking along hadrian's wall path
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Running Hadrian’s Wall

November 28th 2021

Maria from Uruguay suggested running Hadrian’s Wall when we were at 4000m in Nepal. It had never entered my head. Anyway, as it was a chance for a reunion and 50th birthday celebrations with some runners we’d met in Nepal, I offered to organise it.

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