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Spend New Year in the mountains

Pentre Bach Bunkhouse is still free over the New Year. Why not gather a group of friends together and see the New Year in surrounded by the mountains of Snowdonia? The bunkhouse sleeps 16 in alpine-style accommodation with sleeping platforms and (thick) mattresses. Just bring your own sleeping bags & pillows. You’ll be hard-pressed to find cheaper accommodation around over the New Year.

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Every memorable adventure begins with a great place to base yourself.

And that’s where Highland Basecamp comes in. Situated in Lochaline, one of the most remote places of the Scottish Highlands and on the shores of the Sound of Mull you are sure of an adventurous time when you stay here. Whatever your passion, be it diving, hiking, cycling or kayaking, Highland Basecamp offers you, your friends and your dog a warm, cosy & wallet-friendly stay. With under floor heating, large fluffy towels, sturdy wooden bunks, hotel quality bedding and hot showers you can’t help but be comfortable.

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Exterior or HIghlnad Basecamp in Lochaline with their sign

The perfect place for Walkers or Mountain Bikers

Stay Howgills has so much to offer walkers or mountain bikers. Tucked away in Ravonstonedale in the northern part of the Yorkshire Dales there are numerous walking and mountain biking routes close by. In fact Wainwright’s Pennine Journey literally passes the front door. A former stone barn, the accommodation has been carefully planned with guests comfort at the heart of the decision making. Underfloor heating, comfy sofas, a laundry, super fast fibre broadband await you after a day’s activity. Outside there’s a garden, patio, seating, a firepit, hammock and BBQ, plus ample parking and a secure bike shed. What more could you ask for??

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Exterior of stone Bunkbarn in glorious sunshine

Winter months in Shropshire

All Stretton Bunkhouse is nestled in the Batch Valley – part of the Long Mynd – in Shropshire. Shropshire is great county and easily accessible from most parts of the England and North Wales for those re-unions or family gatherings

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night sky showing stars over the long mynd and all stretton bunkhouse wild

Love cycling? Whether it be road, gravel or MTB, Capel Tanrallt has everything you need and is in the perfect location in North Wales.

We are situated on the edge of Eryri/ Snowdonia and within easy reach of the Llŷn Penisula. We have some of the best road biking in the UK on our doorstep, as well as amazing gravel routes straight from the front door. There is everything that you might need to make a cycling holiday easy and enjoyable. Rest happy knowing your bikes are stored securely indoors and enjoy warming up after a long ride next to our wood pellet stove.

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Pre-Christmas break

December in the West Allen Valley and moors above Carrshield can be an amazing time.. We still have vacancies, so come and enjoy a pre-Christmas break. We cannot promise snow, but you will get a warm welcome.

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Walkers accommodation on the South Downs Way, as it crosses the River Arun.

The South Downs Bunkhouse welcomes individual walkers, cyclists & runners for single-night stays or longer. A beautifully converted barn on a working farm with self-catering kitchen, clothes washing & drying, and secure bike storage & bike wash. There are pubs serving meals and cafes within walking distance. If you fancy even more luxury there are Bed and Breakfast rooms just across the courtyard.

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Pine dining table and chairs in front of log burner adn french windows at South Downs Bunkhouse near Arundel

Why make a detour to Wooler from the Ravenber Way?

The Ravenber Way Guidebook provides an alternative route to Wooler close to the last leg of the journey. This leaves the main route before Auchop Cairn and travels via The Cheviot, Broadstruthers, and across Wooler Common. Wooler Youth Hostel is great for walkers with en suite bedrooms, a chatty common room, drying facilities, self-catering kitchen and pubs and cafes nearby.  From Wooler head to Westnewton Bridge to pick up the next section of the route.

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Comfort at wooler hostel

Stonehenge Hostel is just over 3 miles from King Alfred’s Way

Three miles from Amesbury with the possibility of a route avoiding the busy A303 dual carriageway. We would love to hear about routes from anyone who has cycled from Amesbury to Stonehenge Hostel. This YHA-affiliated hostel has a mixture of private rooms and dorms. It has a self catering kitchen and on site cafe which is open for breakfast.

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door of stonehenge hostel with YHA and Independent Hostels signs

Cyclists accommodation worth a scenic detour

Puttenham Barn Bunkhouse is a 6 mile off-road detour from The King Alfreds Way. Leave King Alfreds Way at Farnham and follow the North Downs Way to the village of Puttenham. Puttenham Barn, is a converted historic barn offering simple accommodations for walkers & cyclists. There is a volunteer warden to welcome you, excellent pub food in the village and a secure cycle shed.

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cycling to Puttenham barn

Eco Lodge on King Alfred’s Way

Right on King Alfreds Way South Downs Eco Lodge, at the Sustainability Centre, provides private rooms with a shared self-catering kitchen, B&B rooms and a campsite with yurts & secluded pitches. The Sustainability Centre has a café and there are pubs, shops & take-aways 2 miles away.

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Celebrities on the doorstep

At lunch time today Vernon Kay and his entourage ran past our office as part of his Children in Need Ultra Marathon Challenge. Looking super relaxed, he gave us a big smile as we cheered him on his way. If you haven’t donated yet here’s a link: BBC Children in Need

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Vernon Kay running past The Pav for CHildren in Need Nov 23

Ridgeway hostel and camping on King Alfred’s Way

Often welcoming campers ,with hostel beds available at shorter notice, this hostel is only a few steps from the historic Ridgeway National Trail close to Wantage. The Court Hill Centre enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of the White Horse, right on the route of King Alfreds Way. Reclaimed barns provide a community cafe, camping and hostel accommodation in small private rooms with a self-catering kitchen and a beautiful common area which retains the impressive proportions and atmosphere of the old barn.

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Bike outside court Hill Hostel on King Alfreds Way

Large groups just love Boundless Outdoors Malvern Centre

And what is not to love? It’s in the beautiful Malvern Hills ANOB, yet is just a hop and a skip to the pretty sap town of Malvern. What’s more, it’s easily accessible from the M5 and Birmingham. The Centre sleeps up to 114, across three accommodation blocks. There’s a commercial kitchen and plenty of space for workshops etc. PLUS a whole range of outdoor activities can be provided if required.

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Exterior view of wooden buildings on the edge of woodland with golden autumnal colours