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Barn to be wild

Lovers of the great outdoors looking for low-cost accommodation in unrivalled countryside locations should check out the new Camping Barns section on the YHA website.

A Government grant was received through the Rural Enterprise Scheme to improve the information offered on 50 different ‘no frills’ buildings, which can be found throughout England’s beauty spots.

The barns – also known as ‘stone tents’ – are hugely popular with walkers and cyclists and are ideal for family groups, friends, schools and clubs, who often hire out the entire property for their exclusive use.

“The money from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has enabled us to produce separate pages to promote each location and inform people about what they can expect when they arrived,” said YHA Head of Market Development Sarah Fussey.

“Our barns represent some of the cheapest accommodation around and offer
tremendous value so we’re hoping the new improved entries on our site
can raise their profile.”

Camping Barns are converted farm buildings and can cater for groups of
six to 30 visitors. They provide a roomy and dry place to sleep in a
stunning choice of locations including six different National Parks.

Choices include YHA Catbells close to Derwentwater in the picturesque
Newlands valley in the Lake District, YHA Richmond in North Yorkshire
with magnificent views across Swaledale – ideal for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park – and YHA Lose Hill, in the Peak District, National Park in the Hope Valley close to Castleton.

All Camping Barns have car-parking and some even come with bunk beds, hot showers and cooking facilities.

Go here to find information on the full range of YHA’s Camping Barn options


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