Hostel and Bunkhouse Accommodation on the Settle to Carlisle Railway
Settle to Carlisle is famous for the iconic 73 mile railway line which goes between these two northern towns. Crossing some of the most remote and scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, not only is it an eco-friendly means of transport for the locals but also a major tourist attraction for visitors from home and abroad.
Settle to Carlisle country is also a paradise for walkers with numerous walks from the various stations along the route. What fun to combine journeys on this stunning railway with a walking holiday or mini-break. There is also the annual Settle to Carlisle Ride2Stride Walking and Music Festival. Taking place each Spring, it is a week long festival of walks, talks and music along the Settle to Carlisle line. Growing in popularity with visitors from the far corners of the world, it was listed in the top 10 walking festivals by The Telegraph in 2017.
There are independent hostels and bunkhouses all along the route of the Settle to Carlisle line. The map below shows you where they all are and further down you will find each individual accommodation provider is listed with a brief description. Providing flexible and great value self-catering accommodation with no minimum length of stay, Independent Hostels have long been firm favourites with so many outdoor enthusiasts. From small and simple camping barns to large and very well appointed hostels there is something for everybody and every budget.
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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
Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn
At the foot of Souther Fell, within easy reach of Blencathra, Blakebeck Farm is set amidst the wildflower meadows of Mungrisdale. On the C2C cycle route and the Cumbrian Way. Perfect as a weekend break for walkers and families. The large upstairs room has bunkbeds for 10 people (BYO sleeping bags) and a large farmhouse table. The kitchen has all you need to cook a simple meal. DIY breakfast & pack lunches can be pre-booked. One dog welcome with sole use. Not suitable for parties.More details
Wayfarers Independent Hostel
Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for the C2C cycle route. Excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lake District National Park. Bike cleaning and maintenance facilities and bike hire on site. Full kitchen and dining facilities, en suite rooms with made up beds, lockers, bedside lights. Individuals, small parties and groups of up to 18 are welcome.More details
Gauber Bunk Barn
In 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 and garden with stunning views. Group bookings only at weekends. Book by the bed or bunk room Sun-Thurs (excludes B/Hs). Dogs and breakfast by arrangement. 4 bed annex also availableMore details
Yealand Old School
Yealand Old School Hostel, reopening in May 2019, is a stroll from Warton Crag for views across the sands of Morecambe Bay. In early summer hunt out a host of wild flowers on the limestone scenery at nearby Gaitbarrows NNR and Hutton Roofs crags. Kids will enjoy Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, a small zoo close by. The New Inn is only 300m away. Relax in the grounds of the adjacent Quaker Meeting House. Groups only at weekends, except when there's a last minute vacancyMore details
Carlisle City Hostel
Carlisle's only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace accommodating up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen, lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi in communal areas. Prices include basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, The Tuille House MuseumThe Eden Valley, Hadrien's Wall and more The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to hostel and the city.More details
Howgills Barn offers a beautifully renovated self-catering barn in Sedbergh Yorkshire. Breathtaking views, plenty to see and do on the doorstep & set in a private location where the children can enjoy some freedom. A five minute walk into Sedbergh to nearby pubs, cafés and restaurants. Dogs welcome too. Hot tub available. Five stars on trip advisor from over 100 reviews, gives a flavour of the quality of the accommodation.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
The White Horse Inn Bunkhouse
The White Horse Inn has 2 bunkhouses in the converted stables of this traditional Lake District inn at the foot of Blencathra. Guests are welcome in the Inn which has great pub food, open fires, local ales and is open from 11am to 11pm. Each bunkhouse has a basic kitchen, dining area and bunkrooms sleeping between 4 and 6. Paths to the mountains from the garden & the C2C route passes the door.More details
Located right on the Hadrian's Wall National Trail this newly converted bunkhouse is aimed at walkers or cyclists. With drying room and cycle storage this is the perfect stop over on the trail. Open for individuals from April to October, Florrie's provides a comfortable bed, breakfast and evening meals plus the opportunity to socialise with other guests at the bar. From October 2019 the bunkhouse will be open to groups in the winter season with self-cateringMore details
The Dalesbridge is just five miles from Ingleton and Settle in rural Yorkshire. In the grounds are cabins arranged around a camping field, with equipment storage, drying room, bar and conference rooms. Ideal for large groups. The Lodge B&B is furnished in a rustic mountain style with open fires. The bar, open at weekends, often serves breakfast and hosts a popular wood fired pizza night. Ideal for visiting the Yorkshire Dales & Forest of Bowland, whether you are a family, a group or an individual.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
A converted traditional barn on the edge of Morland in Cumbria's rolling Eden Valley. Close to the Lake District and handy for the M6. Great for gatherings of family or friends wanting to visit the Lake District, the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Borders. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen/dining room and a large, two-storey games room. On NCR 71 and Wiggo's Loop on C2C. Good local walking and easy access to lakes & fells. Local café and pub for meals & real ale.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
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone's throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 66 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and FREE WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.More details
Hornby Laithe Bunkhouse Barn
Simple, comfortable accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Hornby Laith Bunkhouse Barn occupies a secluded position within easy walking distance of the pretty village of Stainforth and the market town of Settle. It is within easy access of a wide variety of routes for walkers and climbers. Sleeping up to 5O, there is a separate barn containing a recreational area, extra camping and space for a marquee for events/weddings & ample parking. There's a self-catering kitchen but a full catering can be organised by arrangement.More details
The Old School Bunkhouse
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 30. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms and a drying room with washing machine. Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.More details
Rookin House Camping Barn
Rookin House Farm Camping Barn sleeps up to 24 with central heating, fully equipped kitchen and inside toilets & showers (BYO bedding). The centre also has luxury self catering group accommodation and provides outdoor activities. At the heart of the Lake District surrounded by some of the best walking country and close to C2C cycle route.More details
Birdoswald Bunkhouse is a 17th century farm house built into the remains of Birdoswald Roman Fort on the best preserved stretch of Hadrian's Wall. Set within an English Heritage estate overlooking the magnificent Irthing Gorge, the bunkhouse is an ideal base for wild walks with breath taking views and discovering the area's Roman heritage. The bunkhouses provides group accommodation for up 37 people, with seven bedrooms & bathrooms, a large farmhouse kitchen and a dining room with views over the fort.More details
Ingleton Yha Greta Tower
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls and mountains, Ingleton is dominated by Ingleborough, the best known of Yorkshire's Three Peaks (this is a great base for The Challenge). Known for its walking routes and waterfall trail, there is plenty here for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and cavers. Licensed and serving tasty meals there is also a self-catering kitchen. Perfect for families and school trips.More details
Bents Camping Barn
Bents Camping Barn, formerly a 17 century shepherd's cottage, is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are 2 bunkrooms sleeping 14 in total (BYO sleeping bags), a well equipped kitchen and a dining area. Please bring £1 coins for the electric metre. The Coast to Coast path is nearby and the Howgill Fells, Wild Boar Fell and Crosby Garrett Common offer great fell walking. Smardale Gill Nature Reserve and Sunbiggin Tarn are also easily accessible.More details
Broadrake Bunkbarn offers direct access to the Three Peaks Challenge Walk, Wainwright's Pennine Journey & The Dales Highway. This popular accommodation for 20 has an upstairs open-plan living space with excellent self-catering & communal facilities. It is perfect for special birthday celebrations, extended family reunions, cyclists, cavers and dark sky enthusiasts. Small groups welcome, especially mid-week.More details
The Rose Award winning Kettlewell Hostel is a stylish Independent Youth Hostel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Serving hearty, great value homemade meals & local beer in our large dining room. There's a cosy lounge with woodburner, a lovely garden, self-catering kitchen & big bike shed! Sleeps up to 42 in 11 bedrooms. Great walking and cycling routes on the doorstep.More details
With spectacular views of Wharfedale, Grassington Bunkbarn offers comfortable accommodation for individuals and groups. Featuring a well equipped kitchen and a lounge/games area with Freeview TV, WiFi, good mobile signal & a BBQ area. Walking, cycling, climbing, fishing, horse riding, archaeology, bird watching, geology, botany & golf nearby. There's something for everyone.More details
Hudscales Camping Barn
Hudscales Camping Barn perches at 1000ft on the northern-most flank of the Lakeland Fells. It overlooks the villages of Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket and is on the Cumbria Way. BYO sleeping bags, mats, stove & utensils. There is a separate toilet and wash basin and a metered shower. A wood-burning stove provides added comfort (logs extra), there is electric lighting plus metered power points, (electric heaters are provided if required). There's also a games room with pool table/dart board.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 campsite has tiered pitches to enhance the views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups available in the car park.More details
Hillside Farm Bunkbarn
A Georgian farmstead, still a working farm, right on Hadrian's Wall National Trail and Cycleway near the Solway Coast AONB. Stunning views over the Solway Firth marshes towards Scotland. Bunkbarn or B&B rooms available. The bunkbarn, in a converted stable block, has cooking facilities & hot showers. Towels and sleeping bags can be hired. The bunk barn is now heated with a bio mass boiler. Breakfast or bacon sandwiches available with notice. Walking, cycling and family groups are most welcome.More details
Kirkby Stephen Hostel
Former Methodist Church with a range of accommodation for individuals, families and groups amongst beautiful authentic features; stained glass, arches and panels. There's a large dining room & kitchen and a quiet lounge in the gallery. Kirkby Stephen is a market town in the upper Eden valley. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast path with easy access to the Pennine Journey, the W2W cycle route, the Howgill Hills, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.More details
Garrigill Village Hall
Perfect 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 some camp-beds are available. There is a well equipped kitchen, showers and drying room so the perfect long distance walk stop over.More details
New Ing Lodge
This 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom B&B & hostel offers comfortable, friendly, accommodation with delicious food. Shap is in the Eden Valley, just off the M6, on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The Howgills & the Pennine Fells are close by. On Wainwright's Coast to Coast, the Westmorland Way & the Miller's Way it's perfect for large groups or individuals.More details
Malham Tarn Bothies
Opening in April 2019 on the National Trust Malham Tarn estate in North Yorkshire, Ragged Robin Bothy and Meadowsweet Bothy will each sleeps 6 people on bunk bed platforms. Treat it like camping but without the tent, so you need to bring camping 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.More details
The Settle-Carlisle Walking & Music Festival
30th April to 6th May 2019
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.
It’s a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.
The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.
ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. With independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns all along the route there’s no reason not to treat yourself to a few days of great walking, wonderful music and stunning scenery in the company of like minded people. For more information go to the ride2stride website.