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.
Explore North Pennines: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels by map
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Edmundbyers YHA at Low House Haven
Now owned by a local farming family this hostel is a former 17th century inn with wooden beams and a cosy open fire. It continues to offer friendly accommodation as part of the YHA and IHUK networks in the centre of the Edmundbyers. A self-catering kitchen is available and an in-house bar, serving locally brewed beer as well as a full range of drinks. Enjoy Friday “Pie Night” when a home made pie with something on the side
The Allendale Bunkhouse opened in October 2014 after being completely refurbished and thoroughly modernised. It sits on the market square in Allendale, overlooking the hustle and bustle of a small countryside town and the fells and river beyond. An oasis for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families, groups of friends and youth & school groups alike. Allendale is well served with tea rooms, the Forge art gallery & café, a quirky gift shop, pharmacy, Allendale medical practice and the library. Three
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is a conversion of a barn on a traditional working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall and close to the Pennine Way. The hostel is designed to reduce energy consumption and is centrally heated throughout. There are 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, comfortable sitting and dining area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. The hostel has a drying room, lockers, laundry facilities and
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse & Camping
Set in the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often described as England’s last wilderness, this location is ideal for anyone who loves the great outdoors - walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers . The 36 mile Isaac’s Tea Trail walk passes through the site; directly on the C2C and with bicycle hire (including electric bikes) available nearby.The bunkhouse sleeps up to 24 in 3 bunkrooms of 4/5, 9 and 10 and includes a relaxing lounge, self-catering kitchen, modern
Situated in the pleasant sleepy village of Rookhope in the stunning surroundings of Weardale. Next door is The Rookhope Inn for a welcome pint and substantial meals. The bunkhouse provides clean, comfortable accommodation with a self service continental breakfast ready for your day’s activities. There are kettles, toasters and a microwave with egg poacher. The breakfast bar is stocked with complimentary items for making hot drinks and snacks for breakfast. All welcome, especially cyclists on the Coast 2 Coast
Alston Youth Hostel
On the very eastern edge of Cumbria, nestled in the North Pennines and within the historic town of Alston, is Alston Youth Hostel. Not only are we about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route but we are also located directly on the Pennine Way! You’ll receive a warm welcome (as warm as our large drying room!!) and hopefully see our resident red squirrels!
Greenhead Hostel is a converted methodist chapel in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall. It is ideal for those walking the Pennine Way or The Wall and is in a great location for those exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. The church was built in 1886 to serve the village miners and gave its last service in 1972. It has been a hostel since 1978. Greenhead Hostel has a newly refurbished self-catering kitchen with a cooking range ideal
Slack House Farm
Slack House Farm is a working, organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. It is on the NCN 72 cycle route and is only 0.5km from the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is adjacent to The Scypen café and farm shop and Birdoswald cheese is made on the farm. Accommodation consists of 3 dorms; a 10 bed dorm, a 5 bedded room, and a 3 bed family room (+ child’s bed and travel cot). Sheets and
Houghton North Farm Accommodation
Houghton North Farm, partly built with stones from Hadrian’s Wall, has been in the Laws Family for five generations. It is situated in the beautiful Northumberland countryside right on the Heritage Trail and 15 miles from the start of the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Within the region walkers can enjoy marked woodland trails, rugged moorland & hills and some of the most beautiful deserted beaches in the UK. This newly built, spacious accommodation can take a group of up to 23
Mill Cottage Bunkhouse
Situated close to the historic Nenthead mines in the centre of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Mill Cottage Bunkhouse sleeps 6 in an upstairs bunkroom. Each “ship’s cabin” bunk has blinds for privacy and an internal light and shelf. Downstairs is a small well equipped kitchen and a sitting/dining room. A self-catering continental breakfast is provided and a full english cooked breakfast can be purchased for £4. The local Miner’s Arms pub is great
Ninebanks Youth Hostel
Book a bed, a room, or the whole hostel! Ninbanks hostel is a four-star rated 18th century cottage with en suite bedrooms, a sitting room with log-burner and spacious dining room forming a great social space. In a stunning rural location, it’s a great place to stay. You can also book one of the newly converted independent high-quality studio rooms in the Chalet.
This map shows the locations of bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in the North Pennines, an area known as the Roof of England.
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.