North Pennines: Bunkhouses, camping barns & 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 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. The outstandingly beautiful landscape combines 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 and the Pennine Way. You can explore and immerse yourself in this area by staying at one of the great independent hostels and bunkhouses scattered across the Roof of England. Alston Youth Hostel provides friendly self- catering accommodation in the heart of Alston with its cobbled streets and many shops, pubs and cafes. Barrington Bunkhouse is right on the Coast to Coast cycle route and the Weardale Way, offering easy access to the landscape. Haggs Farm Bunkhouse and Campsite has a wild location and a warm hearth, offering visitors the chance to get closer to nature. 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.