So many hostels have shining features in the new book, ‘Wild Guide – North East England’

If you’re an adventure-seeker looking to explore the wild and untamed landscapes of North East England, then Sarah Bank’s latest book, Wild Guide – North East England, is a must-read for you.

This comprehensive guidebook, set to release on May 1st, recommends over 1000 places to stay and things to do in Northumberland, North York Moors, Wolds, and North Pennines.

One of the highlights of the book is its recommendations for accommodations. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to stay. However, Sarah Banks has done the research for you and has handpicked the best accommodations in the region.  Below are all the fabulous independent hostels,  each offering you a wallet-friendly stay in a location to die for, that are mentioned in the book:

Cheviot Hills – Wooler Hostel

Located in the charming town of Wooler, this hostel offers comfortable and affordable accommodation for those looking to explore the nearby Cheviot Hills.

Northumberland National Park – Mounthooly Bunkhouse

Situated in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, Mounthooly offers stunning views and easy access to some of the region’s most scenic walking trails.

Northumberland Dark Sky Park – Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies

This eco-friendly camping and glamping site is located in the heart of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.

Hadrian’s Wall – Greencarts Bunkhouse and Camping

Situated on a working farm in the beautiful Tyne Valley, Greencarts Bunkhouses and Camping is the perfect location to explore Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park.

North Pennines – Haggs Bank Bunkhouse and Camping

Set in the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, often described as England’s last wilderness, Haggs Bank Bunkhouse is the perfect place to stay while exploring Cumbria and Northumberland.

North Pennines – Barrington Bunkhouse

On the C2C cycle route, The Pennine Journey & The Weardale Way, Barrington Bunkhouse is next to the village pub in the peaceful village of Rookhope.

North Pennines – Alston Youth Hostel

Nestled on the North Pennines in Cumbria, Alston Youth Hostel is the best accommodation in Alston! Perfect for families and groups

Alston Youth Hostel in the North Pennines

North Pennines – Ninebanks Youth Hostel

An 18th-century cottage in the North Pennines, Ninebanks Youth Hostel offers high-quality comfort close to the iconic Hadrian’s Wall.

Ninebanks exterior, the window frames are painted green and there are lots of flowers in their front garden.

Northumberland / County Durham Border – YHA Edmundbyers

Set in moorland close to the Northumberland/County Durham border, Edmundbyers YHA at Low House Haven is a 17th-century inn.

North York Moors – Bank House Farm Hostel

A luxury Bunk Barn and a simple Camping Barn on a working organic farm with a farmhouse B&B. Set in beautiful Glaisdale Dale, with stunning views of the North York Moors

North Pennines – Carrs Farm Bunkhouse

Situated in the heart of the North Pennines the bunkhouse is eco-friendly. It is fully self-sufficient on wind and solar power, with an eco wood burning stove for heating and a borehole water supply.


In addition to accommodations, the book also recommends various activities to do in the region. From hiking and cycling to wild swimming and foraging, the book has it all covered. You can explore hidden waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and stunning coastlines, all while staying in unique accommodations. You can learn more about the book and purchase it here. 

If we were to add our own entries to this list of fantastic hostels included in the Wild Guide, we would include Carrshield Camping Barn, Chartners Farm and Ilderton Dod Barns. Super remote and completely gorgeous!

North Pennines – Carrshield Camping Barn

Sympathetically converted from an 18th-century mine shop (a scheduled ancient monument),  Carrshield Camping Barn nestling in the Allen Valley. It is surrounded by the impressive fells and valleys of the North Pennines AONB, known as England’s last wilderness.

Stone camping barn nestling among the fells

Northumberland – Chartners Farm Off The Grid 

Hidden away in the heart of Harwood Forest, 20 miles north west of Morpeth, Chartners Farm is well and truly off the grid. It’s a five-mile drive along forest tracks from the nearest road. All electricity is generated by a wind turbine and solar panels, while a huge log burner heats the radiators and keeps the whole hostel cosy (even on the coldest of days).

Northumberland – lderton Dod Barns 

Ilderton Dod Barns is a luxury barn conversion in the Northumberland National Park. Deep in the Northumberland Dark Sky Park. Situated on a 1,800-acre working hill farm and down a 1.5 mile private farm track you can really escape from the pressures of modern life, (but there’s a 4G mobile signal if you need it). The former stables and cow byre have been lovingly restored to provide quality, cosy accommodation in two units.