Shared dorms are out, but these private rooms are great value and a safe base from which to explore glorious beaches, walks and bike trails this autumn
The YHA hostel at the National Landscape Discovery Centre opened in 2017 after an extensive project to replace the former, 80-year-old hostel. It’s a five-minute walk to one of the best-preserved stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as access to the 267-mile Pennine Way. Short circular walks nearby include the four-mile Steel Rigg route, passing Sycamore Gap with its famous tree, and glacial lake Crag Lough. Takeaway meals are being served onsite and there are several communal outdoor spaces open, including the grassy roof terrace and stargazing hammocks.
• Double bunks from £29, dorms for four from £39, yha.org.uk