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
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Spruce Cottage Bunkhouse By Forest View
A former forestry worker's cottage in the centre of Byrness on the Pennine way and on the edge of Northumberland National Park. Ideal for exploring Northumberland, Kielder Forest and the Scottish Borders. It is perfect for groups, individuals and families accomoodated in full sized single beds (not bunks) plus a Z bed Both the large living and dining (seats 10) rooms have open fires. The kitchen is well equipped. The multi award winning Forest View Inn is opposite with real ale & food if booked in advance.More details
Earby Friends of Nature House
Earby's newly refurbished Independent Hostel (Friends of Nature House), welcomes individuals, families and small groups to this historic, cosy cottage with picturesque garden. A perfect stop for Pennine Way walkers and great base for local day hikes, cyclists or discovering the countryside and local heritage. Featuring comfortable lounges, wood burning stove, a well equipped kitchen and dining areas that seat 18. Real ale pub and meals nearby. Adults must accompany U16s.More details
Ollerbrook Farm Bunkhouses
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. There are 2 bunkhouses each with a fully equipped kitchen and available for sole use by groups. Bring your own sleeping bags.More details
Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse
Next to the Pennine Way, in the village of Hardraw, The Old School Bunkhouse offers well appointed, practical accommodation for up to 26. The large hall (with games, table tennis, piano, log burner & sofas) and grounds are perfect for group activities. Hardraw has a café, inn and the famous Hardraw Force waterfall. The market town of Hawes is a 1.5 mile walk across fields. Instruction available in many outdoor activities.More details
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 is the hostel about halfway on the very popular Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route but it is also located directly on the Pennine Way! You'll receive a warm welcome (as warm as our large drying room!!) and hopefully see the resident red squirrels!More details
Nestled in the beautiful College Valley, North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop off on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert's Way. With bunkrooms, a well equipped kitchen and living area with log burner. Bedding is supplied. Cars need a permit to access the private valley which is provided on arrival. A haven for wildlife with red squirrels, otters and a thriving population of feral goats in the valley. The perfect wild get away from it all.More details
Demesne Farm Bunkhouse
This bunkhouse is on a working hill farm in the centre of Bellingham and near to Northumberland National Park. Situated on the Pennine Way, Route 68, and the Reivers & Sandstone Way cycle routes, it is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Water and many climbing crags. The bunkhouse is very well appointed with quality bunks, a well equipped kitchen, a farmhouse table to seat 15 and a large comfortable communal area.More details
Dalehead 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.More details
Gauber Bunk Barn
In Yorkshire's Three Peaks country on the route down from Pen Y Ghent and in close proximity to the Dales Way and Dales High Way routes.Close to Ingleton with it's lido and waterfalls, Ribblehead Viaduct, White Scar Caves, Wensleydale Creamery, and the Settle to Carlisle railway. This warm comfortable bunkbarn sleeps up to 13 in three rooms. Walkers, cavers, cyclists & families all enjoy the Yorkshire Dales. Within easy driving distance of the coast and Lake District. Dogs welcome for sole use onlyMore details
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel
Gibbs Hill Farm Hostel is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed on Hadrian's Wall and close to the Pennine Way. Designed to reduce energy consumption it is centrally heated throughout. Comprising 3 bunkrooms, 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, a well equipped kitchen, a comfortable communal area and a large deck where you can enjoy the evening sun. Ideal for families who can book a whole room with private facilities. Study groups welcome.More details
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House
Kirk Yetholm Friends of Nature House is perfectly located at the 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. Recently upgraded, the house offers a comfortable, friendly and peaceful retreat. Evening meals and breakfast are available in the adjacent hotel.More details
Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies
In the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and close to the Pennine Way. These striking timber eco-buildings integrate into their natural surroundings making the most of this remarkable location and providing the perfect base for outdoor adventures. The bunkhouse and bothies provide stylish, modern, versatile & comfortable self catering accommodation which can be used for events, conferences & parties.More details
John Hunt Base
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm OEC. The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hillwalking, 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.More details
Edale Camping Barn Cotefield Farm
Overlooking Mam Tor and at the start of the Pennine Way - great for walking holidays, Edale Barn is a traditional camping barn or "stone tent" with a basic sleeping platform and a small communal living area. Within easy reach of the high moorland of Kinder and the wooded Derwent Valley. Adjoining the barn, but with external access, is a cooking area and separate toilet. There is no hot water or electricity. BYO sleeping & cooking equipment and torches. The Old Nags Head pub at Edale serves hot food within walking distance. 4 self-catering holiday cottages also available.More details
Slack House Farm
Slack House Farm is an 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 next to Gladje in the Scypen café and farm shop (Birdoswald cheese is made on-site). The bunkbarn is warm and cosy and has basic self-catering facilities. Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers and packed lunches can be provided.More details
Haggs Bank Bunkhouse & Camping
In 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 camp-site has tiered pitches to enhance the views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups available in the car park.More details
A friendly welcome awaits you in a unique setting at Airton Barn. Adjacent 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 up to 5 bicycles. Located on popular walking and cycling routes, and surrounded by some of Yorkshire's finest tourist destinations, the Barn is ideally placed for walkers and cyclists as well as small group getaways.More details
Hebden Bridge Hostel
Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, with private rooms and dorm beds from £15. Nestled into woodland only a short walk from the town centre, and less than 500m from the Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way, the hostel makes the perfect base for hiking, sight-seeing, relaxing or experiencing Hebden Bridge's vibrant café, music, arts & culture.More details
Upper Booth Camping Barn
Next to a small campsite alongside Crowden Clough. Hire the barn and additional pitches on the campsite if required. There is space for cooking (BYO equipment) and tables for eating. Toilets, sinks & showers are shared with the campsite. On a working hill-farm, the Pennine Way passes through the farmyard and there is great mountain biking locally.More details
Hagg Farm Outdoor Centre
Situated 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. Part of Nottinghamshire County Council's Environmental and Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups of friends, families, clubs and charitable organisations and can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.More details
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.
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.
After Pen-y-ghent 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 takes you to 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!