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
Ribblehead, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3JFIn the heart of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks country right on the route between Pen-y-ghent & Whernside and close to the Dales Way, Dales High Way, Pennine Way and 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 weekends. Book by the bed or bunk room Sun-Thurs (not bank holidays.). Dogs & breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also available
Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NTIn 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.
Demesne Farm, Bellingham, Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 2BSThis 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.
The Nook, Airton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AEA 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.
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 (which is 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.
9-11 Birch Hall Lane, Earby, Lancashire, BB18 6JXEarby's newly refurbished Independent Hostel, welcomes individuals, families and groups in a historic, cosy cottage with picturesque garden. A perfect stop for Pennine Way walkers and great base for local day hikes, cycling or discovering the countryside and local heritage. Featuring comfortable lounges, wood burning stove, a well equipped self catering kitchen with home cooked meals available and dining areas that seat 18. A self contained family unit is also available. Real ale pub and meals nearby.
Gibbs Hill Farm, Bardon Mill, Nr Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7APGibbs Hill Farm Hostel is on a working hill farm near Once Brewed and 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.
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.
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.
Firs Edge, The Firs, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3RWOn 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! The perfect stop-over for walkers and cyclists. You’ll receive a warm welcome (as warm as our large drying room!!) and hopefully see the resident red squirrels!
Upper Booth Farm, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZJNext to a small campsite alongside Crowden Clough in the Peak District. Hire the simple barn and additional pitches on the campsite. There is space for cooking (BYO equipment and beds) 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.
Slack House Farm, Gilsland Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DBSlack 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.
Mount Hooley, College Valley, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6TUNestled in the beautiful College Valley, North Northumberland, Mounthooly Bunkhouse is a perfect stop-off on the Pennine Way and St Cuthbert’s Way. Dogs are welcome by arrangement. There is 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.
Greenhead Hotel, Greenhead, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7HGSituated in the village of Greenhead on Hadrian’s Wall, the bunkhouse is ideal for walking the Pennine Way or The Wall 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.
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 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. Pubs serving meals are within walking distance.
Schoolhouse, Hardraw, near Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZNext 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.
The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8DGExpect 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.
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.
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 so the perfect long distance walk/C2C stop over.
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.
Malham Tarn Estate, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PTOpened April 2019 on the National Trust Malham Tarn Estate in North Yorkshire, Ragged Robin Bothy and Meadowsweet Bothy each sleeps 6 people on bunk bed platforms. Like camping but without the tent, you need to bring mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. There is one external toilet, cold water and no heating or lighting, so a perfect location for those who want to escape technology and enjoy dark skies. The bothys are right on the Pennine Way.
Friends of Nature House ,Waukford, Kirk Yetholm, Kelso,Roxburghshire, TD5 8PGKirk 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.
Ollerbrook Booth, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZGClose 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.