Bothies & bunkhouses

Dalehead Bunkhouse in the Peak District © Backpackers Press

Dalehead Bunkhouse in the Peak District

Bunk up with us

We have 31 bunkhouses that provide simple self-catering accommodation, primarily for groups of volunteers who take part in practical conservation work for us.

Bunkhouses are also available for use by recreational, educational, corporate and other groups who want to take a break within easy reach of national parks, beautiful countryside, unspoilt coastlines, or landscape parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All bunkhouses have adequate cooking facilities, dormitories with bunk-beds, lounge area and modern sanitation. Most have fully equipped kitchens, showers, electricity and heating. Many also have a separate leaders' room, payphone, washing machine and adjacent parking. First aid and fire alert facilities are always provided.

Loweswater Reflections © Paul Delaney

Loweswater Reflections


We also have bothies, which offer basic accommodation - often in isolated locations, and are the perfect escape for those who really want to escape from modern life.

Bothies are only suitable if you find the idea of no electricity or heating, sleeping platforms without mattresses, water from hand-pumps, gas lighting and camp-fire cooking miles from anywhere exciting... or at least acceptable!

How much does it cost to use a bunkhouse or bothy?
Charges vary according to the type of accommodation, the type of group and the time of year. Free accommodation is usually offered to groups undertaking full-time conservation work for us.

Some of our bunkhouses

  • Beach Head bunkhouse

    5 miles south of Padstow, North Cornwall

    Beach Head is situated in a stunning location overlooking the sea near Bedruthan Steps. This converted barn sleeps up to 14 people and is perfect for those seeking a peaceful escape from everyday hustle and bustle with lovely coastal walks from the front door.

  • Big Mose Bunkhouse

    4 miles south east of Bridgnorth in the hamlet of Mose

    A beautiful Tudor building on the Dudmaston Estate, which has been cleverly converted to provide bunkhouse accommodation for up to 20 people.

  • Brecon Beacons (Dan y Gyrn)

    7 miles south west of Brecon, Powys, South Wales

    Purpose-built bunkhouse situated at Blaenglyn Farm a working Welsh hill-farm at the foot of the beautiful Brecon Beacons

  • Cragside Bunkhouse

    15 miles north west of Morpeth, Northumberland

    Converted from two adjoining stone-built single-storey cottages set against a steep wooded hillside overlooking Tumbleton Lake on the 405-hectare Cragside estate, near Rothbury.

  • Exmoor Bunkhouse

    1 mile east of Lynton and Lynmouth, north Devon

    Exmoor Bunkhouse sleeps up to 18 people. Whether you are a group of friends wanting to get away or a residential trip, this is a great value option. Two large dormitories and a leaders room, excellent hot showers, fully equiped kitchen and solar assisted heating make it a cosy place to stay to explore Exmoor.

  • Henman Bunkhouse (Leith Hill)

    5 miles south west of Dorking, Surrey

    A purpose-built chalet-style building situated on the wooded slopes of Leith Hill (the highest point in the south of England).

  • Octavia Hill bunkhouse, Kent

    6 miles from Sevenoaks

    Whether you're a group of friends wanting to get away or on a residential trip, this is a great value option. Two large dormitories and a large living/dining room, hot showers, fully equipped kitchen, large garden and barbeque area make it a cosy place to stay.

  • Penrose bunkhouse

    4 miles south of Helston, West Cornwall

    Situated on the South West Coastal path, this bunkhouse is perfect for beach visits, cycling and pub lunches.

  • Town Head Barn Bunkhouse

    Set in the village of Buckden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

    Town Head Barn is the perfect base for exploring this spectacular part of the Dales. Especially popular with walkers and cyclists, this is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy the glorious surrounding countryside.

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