Hostels and bunkhouses provide friendly, flexible accommodation along the Pennine Way.
Designed for walkers, they have drying rooms, cosy communal areas and self catering kitchens.
Many have private rooms, some en suite.
Many hostels can provide breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals on request.
Others are close to pubs.
Some offer pick up/drop off/luggage transfer.
Check with each hostel before you book.
Accommodation on the Pennine Way
Ilderton, Wooler, Northumberland NE66 4JL
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJThe John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm (also in this guide). The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HGSituated in the village of Greenhead on both the Pennine Way and Hadrian’s Wall, the bunkhouse is ideal for walking the Pennine Way Trail or The Wall Path or for exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. It has a self-catering kitchen big enough for large groups. The flexible accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use. Greenhead hostel/ bunkhouse is run by Greenhead Hotel just over the road.
The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AEA friendly welcome awaits you Airton Barn. Next to the 17th century Friends Meeting House, Airton Barn is a simple bunkhouse sleeping up to 18 people over two floors, with storage space for 5 bicycles. On popular walking & cycling routes & surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s finest tourist destinations, the Barn is perfect for walkers, cyclists & small group getaways.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DBSlack House Farm is a working, organic farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. On the NCN 72 cycle trail and bordering the dark-skies of Kielder and the Northumberland National Park. Half a km from Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. The bunkbarn is adjacent to the farm’s cheese dairy. It is heated and has basic self-catering facilities and an outdoor cooking/barbecue cabin. Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers, ready meals and packed lunches available.
Pindale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6RNA mile from Castleton in the Peak District, Pindale Farm offers a range of accommodation: B&B in the farmhouse. The Barn has 6 self-catering units. The Engine House is a self-catering unit & The Powder House is a small camping barn. Plus a campsite. Perfect for many outdoor activities. Instruction is available.
Cotefield Farm Olllerbrook Edale Hope Valley Derbyshire S33 7ZGOverlooking Mam Tor, at the start of the Pennine Way, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn, a stone tent with a wooden sleeping platform. Close to Kinder Scout, Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Downfall & Hollins Cross. Adjoining the barn, but with external access, is a cooking area with a mains water tap and a chemical toilet. There is no heating or electricity. BYO sleeping mats/bags, cooking equipment and torches. Pubs serving meals are as easy walk away.
Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PG
Malham Tarn Estate, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PT
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Garrigill Village Hall, Garrigill, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3DSPerfect for the Pennine Way or C2C cycle route. In the lovely village of Garrigill, the bunkroom above the village hall sleeps 8 with bedding hire available. Larger groups can BYO bedding and use the hall itself where 12 camp beds are available. There is free WiFi, a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room. It makes the ideal long distance walk/C2C stop over.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJSituated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley, Hagg Farm offers comfortable accommodation for up to 44 people with an additional 18 beds in the John Hunt Base next door (also in this Guide). Part of Nottinghamshire C.C’s Environmental & Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups, families, clubs & charitable organisations. It can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LHIn the stunning North Pennines AONB, England’s last wilderness, perfect for lovers of the great outdoors such as walkers and cyclists. Isaac’s Tea Trail passes through the site, directly on the C2C and with bicycle hire (including electric bikes) available nearby. Pre-booked breakfast and evening meals can be provided for larger groups. The campsite has tiered pitches to enhance the views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups available in the car park.
Brown Rigg, Bellingham, Northumberland. NE48 2HRBrown Rigg Guest Rooms offer luxury hostel accommodation in the Northumberland National Park. Close to Bellingham, for Kielder Water & Forest Park, it is also directly on the Pennine Way & 400m to the Sandstone Way, Reviers Route & Pennine Cycleway. The 6 double guest rooms can be booked alongside the 4 lodges. A function hall & outdoor activities are available on site.
The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8DG
Demesne Farm, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BS
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RW
Dalehead Bunkhouse, Upper Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZJDalehead Bunkhouse is on a working hill farm at the remote head of Edale Valley. Providing basic but comfortable accommodation heated by log burner & infrared radiant heat. There is a kitchen with fridge/freezer, a lounge, dining room and plenty of parking. Please bring sleeping bags, pillows and towels. Edale is a very popular destination for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, hang-gliders or for enjoying the magnificent scenery.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JFIn the heart of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country right on the route between Pen-y-ghent & Whernside & close to the Dales Way, Dales High Way, Pennine Way & Pennine Bridleway. This warm comfortable bunk barn sleeps up to 13 in three bunk rooms. Living room with cosy wood burner, spacious well equipped kitchen & garden with stunning views. Group bookings only at w/ends. Book by the bed or room Sun-Thurs (not b/hols). Dogs & breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also available.
The Pennine Way: An interesting and varied route over 268 miles of stunning upland countryside…..just waiting for you to walk it!
The Independent hostels and bunkhouses listed above provide ideal accommodation along the Pennine Way. All with self catering facilities, many provide meals and packed lunches on site or in nearby cafes and pubs.
No longer the basic accommodation of former times, much of this accommodation offers walkers a level of comfort and service ideal after a long days walk. They are warm, cosy, comfortable and well appointed with a choice of private or bunk rooms often with an en suite option. Bed linen and towels are provided.
Designed with walkers in mind, you’ll find drying rooms, storage for muddy boots and friendly communal areas where you can relax and share tales of your day’s adventures in front of a roaring fire. Some places have their own bar so you can enjoy your favourite tipple as you rest your aching bones! As well as your overnight accommodation, some accommodation provides a pick up or drop off service and a luggage transfer service.
Do check with each place as to exactly what they are able to provide before you book.
You will find overnight accommodation all along the Pennine Way. There are also some well placed YHA hostels too (see the YHA website for more information). All the independent hostel and bunkhouses on the Pennine Way is shown on the map at the top of this page. Enlarge it as you wish and click on the red flags for the link to the individual accommodation details. For full details of the progress of the route and other resources look on the LDWA website.
The Pennine Way in the Peak District.
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Beginning in the quiet village of Edale, the Pennine Way crosses the moorlands of the Kinder Plateau, meanders up into Bronte country and the limestone of the Yorkshire Dales National Park where walkers travel via Malham, Pen-y-ghent, Great Shunner Fell and Keld.
You have a choice of bunkhouse and hostel accommodation in or around Edale at the start of the Pennine Way.
Edale Barn Cotefield Farm (<1KM from The Pennine Way path)
Upper Booth Camping Barn (<1KM from The Pennine Way path).
Ollerbrook Farm Bunkhouses (<1KM from The Pennine Way path). Two bunkhouses welcoming groups and individual walkers, a short walk from the start of the path.
John Hunt Base (4KM from The Pennine Way path)
Dalehead Bunkhouse (4KM from The Pennine Way path)
Hagg Farm Outdoor Centre (4KM from The Pennine Way path)
The Pennine Way in West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales
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One of our hostels, the Hebden Bridge Hostel has been involved in creating the new and much improved ‘Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way’.
Hebden Bridge hosts Em and Dave are keen walkers and helped instigate the new path which was launched in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pennine Way. The new Loop follows footpaths to the heart of the picturesque market town of Hebden Bridge (instead of the ‘A’ road necessitated by the original route) and also takes in the historical village of Heptonstall en route.
Other independent hostels and bunkhouses offering accommodation along The Pennine Way include:
Earby Friends of Nature House (2KM from The Pennine Way path)
Airton Barn, Friends Meeting House (<1KM from The Pennine Way path). After Airton Barn between Silverdale Road and High Birkwith, the Pennine way climbs Pen-y-ghent. At 2227ft it is the smallest of Yorkshire’s three peaks.
Malham Tarn Bothies, two National Trust Camping barns a minutes walk from the Pennine way as it passes though the Malham Tarn National Trust Estate. You need your own sleeping roll and cooking equipment to stay in these stone shelters.
The next independent hostel along the Pennine Way is Gauber Bunk Barn. Gauber Bunk Barn offers very comfortable self catering accommodation with a pre-order grocery service, used by many Pennine Way walkers. A diversion from the Pennine Way route of around 1½ to 1¾ miles is required to reach Gauber Bunk Barn.
The path descends to the River Tees and follows the river up past High Force and Cauldron Snout waterfalls before rising up and crossing the fells to High Cup, Great Dunfell and Cross Fell. This climb is followed by another descent into Alston, which shares the title of England’s highest market town with Buxton, close to Edale at the southern end of the Way.
The Pennine Way in the North Pennines, the “Roof Of England”
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Hostel and bunkhouse accommodation along the Pennine Way in the North Pennines includes:
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse & Camping (4KM from The Pennine Way path)
Alston Youth Hostel (<1KM from path). The most directly situated hostel on The Pennine Way in this area.
Slack House Farm (3KM from The Pennine Way path)
Gibbs Hill Bunkhouse (2KM from The pennine Way path)
After entering the Northumberland National Park the Pennine Way path follows Hadrian’s Wall to Housesteads Fort before veering north again. The last section takes in the Kielder Forest, Redesdale and the uplands of the stunning and isolated Cheviot Hills. Here the path runs along the border with Scotland before crossing it and gradually heading down to Kirk Yetholm. There are a number of loops can be taken off the main trail and it also links to the Coast to Coast and St Cuthbert’s Way.
Pennine Way in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland
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Hostel and bunkhouse accommodation along the Pennine Way in the North Pennines includes:
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies (<1KM from path)
Demesne Bunkhouse (<1KM from path)
Mounthooly Bunkhouse (1KM from path)
Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse and Forest View Inn. On the path at Byrness, the walkers inn, Forest View Inn and their bunkhouses “Spruce Cottage” specialise in 2 night stays enabling you to split the last 28 miles of the walk to Kirk Yetholm, into two more manageable sections. They have a dedicated mini bus that is able to pick up guests (by arrangement) near the halfway point and bring you back to Byrness for a second night. With a return the next morning to complete your walk.
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is situated directly on path at the end/start of The Pennine Way. The classic stop over!
This article shows the location and details of the hostels and bunkhouses along the trail. Full details of the route and other resources can be found on the LDWA website.