Town Head Barn, Buckden, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JA

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In Upper Wharfedale, in the small village of Buckden, Town Head Barn has been converted by the National Trust to sleep 13. The accommodation comprises a living room, kitchen, one ensuite bunkroom plus a single leader's room with en suite facilities on the first floor and two bunkrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor. Buckden Pike at 702m high is just waiting to be climbed for those with plenty of energy and enthusiasm and is accessible right from the door. There is a tea room and pub in the village and a couple of pubs within two miles of Buckden. Kettlewell is 3.5 miles away and Skipton is around 20 miles. There is plenty of space and storage for boots and coats in the entrance way and the communal lounge and dining area has an open fire. The kitchen is small but well equipped. There is a locked cycle store and drying room attached to the bunkhouse for guest's use. There are two parking spaces (not reserved) outside the front door and further car parking in the National Park car park in the village which is pay and display. The bunkhouse does not have its own garden, but there is a National Trust picnic area with a built in barbecue just 100m away. Photos ©Roger Coulam.

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


  • Beds & Rooms:

    13: 3x4,1x1
  • Open:

    All year. All day
  • Price per night:

    From £338 for two nights sole use. (Min booking 2 nights).
  • Booking:

    Book via National Trust Holidays. Minimum booking 2 nights
  • Directions:

    From Skipton follow the signs to Grassington on the B6265 . Continue along the road to Threshfield then follow the B6160, signposted Kettlewell. Continue through Kettlewell and Starbotton and enter Buckden. Town Head Barn is on the right just after you pass the village shop and just before the turning into the National Park Authority car park (Public car park - pay and display) From Richmond take the A6108 to Leyburn then follow the A684 towards Aylesgarth. About 1 mile after Swinithwaite take the B6160 on the left and follow this to Buckden. The National Park Authority car park (Public car park - pay and display) is on your left as you enter the village and Town Head Barn is on your left as you walk out of the car park just past the toilet block.
  • Public Transport:

    Skipton train station is 18 miles away. Buckden bus stop is 0.2 miles.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Yorkshire Three Peaks
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
\A National Trust Property
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Town Head Barn

Covid Secure measures ar Town Head Barn in the Yorkshire Dales

November 20th 2020

We are open this winter in line with the latest Government regulations. And we’re lowering the cost of our larger holiday cottages and bunkhouses to reflect the new limited group size.


A dog friendly, National Trust group accommodation.

August 11th 2019

This clean, cream toned bunk barn, has a warming oura stemming from it’s friendly roots, and of course the log burning stove!

Town Head Barn is adaptable to suit whatever holiday you’re planning. So as it’s within three miles of the NCN, you’ll be glad to notice it’s lockable bike/equipment store, drying room, showers and clothes washing facilities! In addition, there is a wide range of rooms available, so the barn’s sleeping area can mould to suit the dynamics of your group.


Town Head Barn

March 23rd 2018

Deep relaxing breaths.

Upper Wharfedale, which is where we’ll find Town Head Barn, is one of my absolute favourite places. The postal address says Skipton, but that charming castle-and-market town is miles off. That’s because here in the village of Buckden, we’re miles away from hustle and bustle.

Outside is the green hills and the limestone outcrops. Just down there is the clean bubble of the River Wharf.  Sheep, clear air, fabulous walking country, Aaahh. Deep relaxing breaths.

The Barn is a wonderful place to stay to explore the area. Like all the National Trust places, it is immaculately kept and charming. A converted stone barn that sleeps 13 in what my kids call ‘an upside down house’ configuration. The sleeping accommodation is on the ground floor and the living room and kitchen upstairs. Outside is the lovely village of Buckden with tea rooms and pubs. Beyond is Buckden Pike calling out to be climbed and beyond are the attractions of Malham and Goredale Scar. 



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