The Pennine Way: Accommodation

Self catering bunkhouses & hostels
Pennine Way Forest View Inn and Spruce Cottage

The Pennine Way National Trail runs from Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District 268 miles up the “spine of England” to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. If walkers use the accommdation provided by Independent Hostels and bunkhouses and those in the YHA network they can walk the route using hostel accommodation for their overnight stops. The route takes in the Yorkshire Dales, parts of Lancashire, the North Pennines and Northumberland. Opened in 1965. the Pennine Way visits iconic areas such as the Bleaklow, Malham Cove, The Ribblesdale Viaduct, Hawes, Teesdale, Alston, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviots.

Accommodation on the Pennine Way
Click markers to view hostels and bunkhouses

Explore 268 Miles of Stunning Upland Countryside via the Pennine Way

Independent Hostels provide self catering accommdation with meals available on site or in nearby pubs and cafes.  They provide a great places to stay if you are planning a walk of the Pennine Way. We have hostels all the way along the route in the Independent hostels network and there are some well placed YHA hostels to. The maps above show the location of the independent hostels and bunkhouses along the route.  Below there are the names of each hostel with their distances from the Pennine Way.

Pennine Way in the Peak District – see more on our Peak District Map

Edale Barn Cotefield Farm (<1KM from path)


OLLERBROOK FARM BUNKHOUSES (<1KM from path).  Two bunkhouses welcoming groups and individual walkers,  a short walk from the start of the path.

JOHN HUNT BASE (4KM from path)


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 Yorkshire Dales National Park where walkers travel via Malham, Pen-y-ghent, Great Shunner Fell and Keld.

Upper Booth on the Pennine Way
Upper Booth on the Pennine Way

Pennine Way in West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales – See our Yorkshire and Lancashire Map

HEBDEN BRIDGE HOSTEL  About 2km from the original Pennine Way but less than 500m from the ‘Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way’.  Hosts Dave & Em are keen walkers and helped instigate the new path which was launched in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pennine Way. The Loop follows footpaths to the heart of Hebden Bridge (instead of the  ‘A’ road necessitated by the original route) and also takes in the historical village of Heptonstall en route.  

Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way
Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way


AIRTON BARN, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE (<1KM from path )   Between  Silverdale Road (after Airton Barn) and High Birkwith, the Pennine way climbs Pen-y-ghent.

Pennine Way at Pen-y-ghent
Pennine Way at Pen-y-ghent, the next independent hostel is Gauber Bunk Barn

GAUBER BUNK BARN.  Very comfortable self catering accommodation with a pre-order grocery service, used by Pennine Way walkers. A  diversion from the route of around 1½ to 1¾ miles.

pennine way where is crosses the Dales Way
Pennine way where is crosses the Dales Way not far from Gauber Bunkbarn

HARDRAW OLD SCHOOL BUNKHOUSE (on the 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 a pub 100m up the road.  Also by the pub is a stunning waterfall ideal for a short evening stroll.

hardraw old school bunkhouse on the pennine way
Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse on the Pennine Way

Earby Friends of Nature House  (2KM from path)

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.

Pennine Way in the North Pennines “Roof Of England” – See our North Pennines Map


ALSTON YOUTH HOSTEL (<1KM from path).  The most directly situated hostel on the Pennine Way in this area.


Accommodation at Alston
Alston Youth Hostel directly situated on the Pennine Way

SLACK HOUSE FARM (3KM from path)

gibbs hill bunkhouse  on the pennine way
Gibbs Hill Bunkhouse on the Pennine Way

After entering the  Northumberland National Park the 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.

the pennine way through the cheviots
The Cheviot Hills

Pennine Way in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland – See our Northumberland Map




SPRUCE COTTAGE BUNKHOUSE and  FOREST VIEW  Inn.  On the  path at Byrness, Forest View Walkers Inn and their walkers 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 (On the path)  The end of the walk.  

Kirk Yetholm Hostel
Kirk Yetholm Hostel in the Scottish Borders