The Pennine Way: An interesting and varied route over 268 miles of stunning upland countryside…..just waiting for you to walk it!
The 21 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, independent hostels and bunkhouses offer today’s walkers a level of luxury more often associated with quality hotels. 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 Pennine Way adventures in front of a roaring fire. Some hostels have their own bar so you can enjoy your favourite tipple as you rest your aching bones! As well as your overnight accommodation, some hostels can provide a pick up or drop off service and a luggage transfer service.
Do check with each hostel or bunkhouse as to exactly what they are able to provide before you book.
You will find overnight accommodation in independent hostels or bunkhouses all along the Pennine Way. There are some well placed YHA hostels too (see the YHA website for more information). All the independent hostel and bunkhouse accommodation 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 hostel’s 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 Hostel 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.
Another perfect stopover for walkers on The Pennine Way is Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse.
Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse is perfectly positioned on the Pennine Way path. You can see the Pennine Way sign showing the path along the side of the bunkhouse! Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse welcomes individuals and groups of walkers. It has a drying room, good self catering facilitates and there is the bonus of a pub 100m up the road. What’s more just by the pub is a stunning waterfall, ideal for a short evening stroll.
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.
Accommodation on the Pennine Way
Demesne Farm, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BSDemesne Farm Bunkhouse welcomes individual, families and groups on a hill farm in Bellingham near the Northumberland National Park. Situated on the Pennine Way and Route 68, it is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags.
Dalehead Bunkhouse, Upper Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZJThe National Trusts Dalehead Bunkhouse is on a remote hill farm in magnificent scenery at the head of the Edale Valley. It provides comfortable self catering accommodation for groups with a log burner and plenty of parking. Edale is a popular destination for walkers, climbers & mountain bikers.
Ollerbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZGOllerbrook Farm Bunkhouses, Edale is close to the start of the Pennine Way with easy access to Kinder Scout and the village of Edale via a network of footpaths from the doorstep. Castleton, Buxton, Bakewell and Chatsworth House are all within 40 minutes' drive.
The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8DGHebden Bridge Hostel is in the Birchcliffe Centre at the heart Hebden Bridge's vibrant music & arts culture. Nestled into woodland only a short walk from the town centre, on the Hebden Bridge Loop of the Pennine Way. Expect a warm welcome, with comfy social areas, private rooms and dorm beds.
9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire, BB18 6JXEarby Youth Hostel, donated to the YHA by Katherine Bruce Glassier, is now the newly refurbished Independent Earby Hostel. A perfect stop for the Pennine Way Walker. Families and small groups are also welcome to stay in this historic cottage close to the Yorkshire Dales.
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 has an equipped kitchen, showers, efficient drying room and covered cycle store. There is a pub in the village which serves food and a post office shop. In the North Pennines.
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RWAlston Youth Hostel, on the eastern edge of Cumbria, nestled on the North Pennines in the historic town of Alston. Halfway point on the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route and right on the Pennine Way. Warm welcome and large drying room guaranteed and hopefully a sight of the resident red squirrels.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DBSlack House Farm provides walkers accommodation on an organic dairy farm overlooking Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. It is on the NCN 72 cycle route and is only a field from the Hadrian's Wall National Trail. Warm and cosy with farmhouse breakfasts, suppers and packed lunches.
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NTIn the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. Tarset Tors striking timber eco-buildings provide self catering accommodation for all, integrated into the natural surroundings. Enjoy this remarkable location for relaxing or outdoor adventures.
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JFGauber Bunk Barn is in Yorkshire's Three Peaks country on the path up Pen Y Ghent, close to the Dales Way and Dales High Way. Nearby is Ingleton with it's lido and waterfalls, Ribblehead Viaduct and the Settle to Carlisle railway. This warm comfortable bunkhouse welcomes cavers,cyclists & families.
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HGThe iconic Greenhead Youth Hostel, now privately, is in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian's Wall and the Pennine Way. Ideal for walkers and exploring the nearby Roman heritage sites. This flexible self catering accommodation can be booked by the bed, the room or for sole use by groups.
Upper Booth Farm, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZJUpper Booth Camping Barn, Edale, is on a working hill farm next to a small campsite alongside Crowden Clough. Perfect for a first/last night on the Pennine Way which passes through the farmyard. Great for walking and mountain biking right from the door as well as Peak District attractions.
Cotefield Farm Olllerbrook Edale Hope Valley Derbyshire S33 7ZGOverlooking Mam Tor and at the start of the Pennine Ways, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn with no hot water or electricity. Cotefield Farm also has self catering cottages and is an easy walk from Edale village. Close to the high moorland of Kinder and the wooded Derwent Valley.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJIn the High Peak between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir, The John Hunt Base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation. Ideal for sightseeing, climbing, hillwalking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits in the Peak District with onsite outdoor activities also available.
Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PGKirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the northern start/end of the Pennine Way. It is also close to St. Cuthbert's Way, the Borderloop Cycle Route and Sustrans Route 84. It's a great base too for local day hikes, ideal for individuals, families and small groups.
Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7APGibbs Hill Farm Hostel, Northumberland, is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian's Wall and close to the Pennine Way. Ideal for groups or families who can book a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome. Amazing views of the wall from the Farm and a feel of remoteness.
Mount Hooley, College Valley, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6TUMounthooly Bunkhouse nestled in the remote College Valley, North Northumberland, is a perfect stop on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert's Way. With bunkrooms, a well equipped kitchen and living area with log burner and bedding is supplied. A haven for wildlife, the perfect wild get away from it all.
The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AEAdjacent to a 17th century Friends Meeting House, Airton Barn is a simple bunkhouse sleeping up to 18 people. It provides a friendly welcome for walkers, cyclists and small group getaways. Located on popular walking and cycling routes and close to some of Yorkshire's finest tourist destinations.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJHagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre on Snake Road in the Peak District offers comfortable accommodation for large and small groups. Ideal self-catering or catered accommodation for groups of friends, families and clubs. Woodland walks from the door and Ladybower reservoir just over the hill.
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.
Schoolhouse, Hardraw, near Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZHardraw Old School Bunkhouse, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales, is next to the Pennine Way in the village of Hardraw. Friendly instruction in outdoor activities and practical accommodation with table tennis, piano, log burner & sofas. Close to the famous Hardraw Force waterfall and local pub.
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, Nentsbury, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LHHaggs Bank Bunkhouse & Campsite near Alston in the stunning North Pennines, England's last wilderness. A friendly welcome for everyone. Ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. On Isaac's Tea Trail and C2C cycle route. Self catering accommodation and tiered campsite with great views.