A iconic hostel near London is reopening it’s doors

Gumber Bothy is a special kind of hostel, it has that traditional hostel charm reminiscent of days gone by. It provides simple, overnight accommodation or camping for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, just off the South Downs Way in West Sussex. There is no vehicular access to the site whatsoever for visitors, which makes Gumber Bothy the perfect tranquil place to escape to. Walk to Gumber Bothy, spend the night and then continue walking the next day. 

The hostel was forced to close in 2020 and is only just reopening again in 2023. This is a huge win for the hostelling community as it is such a classic hostel which has been welcoming hostellers for many decades.  It is a converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust’s Slindon Estate. If you are visiting for the first time, expect many, many sheep and beautiful views.

This hostel would make an excellent base for outdoor enthusiasts who want to escape London for the weekend and embrace nature. There are so many beautiful walks from the front door such as the South Downs Way. Gumber Bothy welcomes groups and individuals, they have 3 dorms that sleep 25 people in total as well as camping facilities.


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