The North Pennines is an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. Covering much of County Durham as well as large parts of Cumbria and Northumberland. Known as the Roof of England it is an area of undiscovered beauty, due to its elevated position and vast open skies, the area offers some of the best cycling and walking territory that the country has to offer. Nestled between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, the North Pennines is easily accessible for anyone wanting to explore the great outdoors.
North Pennine bunkhouses & hostels
This map shows the locations of bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in the North Pennines, an area known as the Roof of England.
The North Pennines is an area of upland wildness sandwiched between The Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, incorporating much of County Durham. Known as the roof of England it contains land in Cumbria, Northumberland and Yorkshire, but has a character all of its own. This an outstandingly beautiful landscape is just north of the Yorkshire Dales, ideal for outdoor pursuits combining wild and rugged fells with the gentler countryside of the lower slopes, home to bustling villages and working farms. Keen cyclists can test themselves on the highest roads in England, then wind down on the more relaxing routes. For mountain bikers, there are off-road opportunities in Blanchland, and in Hamsterley Forest, which lies between Weardale and Teesdale. Walkers have the choice of trails at every level, from riverside strolls to long distance paths such as the Weardale Way, a long distance path along the roof of England visiting High Bishop Seat and Hanging Wells, and the Pennine Way.
The village of Nenthead hold a gala with Victorian/Edwardian themes and mining activities. North Pennine real ales are brewed locally at the Allendale Brewery. You can explore and immerse yourself in this area by staying at one of the great independent hostels or bunkhouses which are scattered across the region. Barrington Bunkhouse is right on the Coast to Coast Route and the Weardale way offering easy access to the landscape and provides ideal accommodation for walkers and cyclists. Haggs Farm bunkhouse and campsite has a wild location and warm hearth, offering visitors the chance to get closer to nature. Alston Youth Hostels provides friendly self catering accommodation of Alston with its cobbled streets and many shops, pubs and cafes. Independent Hostels provide ideal accommodation in this paradise for outdoor activities and exploration.
Whether you want to conquer the mighty Cross Fell, spot rare birds, marvel at the dark skies, or just get a taste of true space and freedom, the Roof of England is an ideal destination.