Where To Stay

After the route to be taken on a walk like this, the next important thing to sort out is your accommodation. Early on in the planning of the walk I decided that camping was definitely out of the question. The thought of carrying all the extra gear, of setting up a tent at the end of every day and then dealing with it all every morning, aching all over, well I think you can see why I didn’t think that was a very good idea? Besides, I like my creature comforts far too much and I knew I’d be needing a proper bed at the end of every day.

That decision made it was clear that a good list of places to stay, with a number of alternatives for each stop-off if possible, was in need. I’ll admit that before I headed off to Land’s End I didn’t actually have a list for the entire walk sorted out. My brother – Matt – was helping with the list (one less thing for me to worry about on the run-up to the walk) and he’d sorted out the first month of stops for me with a promise of emailing me updates as I made my way up the country.

I’ll also admit that for the first few weeks of the walk I took a very relaxed approach to sorting out my accommodation, normally phoning around during my breaks for a bed for the night. This worked quite well to start with but I fell foul of that approach when I hit Painswick and ended up staying in a very expensive hotel for the night. Don’t get me wrong the room and hotel were wonderful, but I’d been taught a valuable lesson and from then on I tried to book up to the next rest day. I’d then book the next week’s worth of stops and so on and so forth. I didn’t want to book too many stops ahead as you didn’t know what was around the corner – an accident or need for additional days off for example – and I didn’t relish the thought of phoning around explaining the situation, cancelling rooms and trying to get deposits back.

Having my iPhone and netbook with me made researching hotels and B & Bs a lot easier, some times without which I would have been stuck but knowing that Matt was just a phone call away and there to do a lot of the sorting out for me was a real weight lifted, especially on those really tough days where he sorted out rooms for me and let me know where I had to head to. Thanks!

In Bath I stayed at a friends place but there are so many places to stay in Bath I don’t think it would be difficult to find somewhere if you were following my route.

I haven’t got a listing for Horton-in-Ribblesdale as my older brother – Russ – came and picked me up and took me back to his place in Knaresborough for a few days well-earned rest. One word of warning though. I did try and sort out somewhere to stay in Horton-in-Ribblesdale but had to change my plans, bringing forward my break at Russ’ place by a few days, as I couldn’t get anywhere to stay.

There are only about 30 beds available to stay in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the weekend I was due to get there just happened to fall on a massive charity event – the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – meaning there was nothing available. If you’re thinking about taking a similar route to mine I’d be sure to check that you won’t fall foul of this ahead of time to make sure you don’t end up homeless for the night.

There’s no listing for John O’Groats either as I decided that John O’Groats wasn’t going to be a nice place to stay for the night before heading home. I booked the room in Wick for two nights instead, getting a lift back after my final day’s walk from my good friend Dave who came up to see me over the finish line.

So with all that said here are the details of the places I stayed at along the way on my little adventure. I haven’t added any ratings or anything for the places I’ve stayed but I’m sure if there was something worth saying it’ll be written in the blog. As with everything, prices change and people go out of business so if you’re thinking of staying at any of the places below I’d be sure to check them out first.

DayDateWhereCost Per Night
Day 107/05/10Tremont Guest Accommodation
Alexandra Road
Penzance
Cornwall
TR18 4LZ
01736 362614
£72.00 *
Day 208/05/10Rosemorron B & B
14 The Crescent
Porthleven
Cornwall
TR13 9LU
01326 574855
£30.00
Day 309/05/1018 Trelawne Road
Carnon Downs
Cornwall
TR3 6HP
01872 864517
£30.00
Day 410/05/10Premier Inn
Penhale Round
Fraddon
Cornwall
TR9 6NA
0871 5278816
£68.75
Day 511/05/10The Old Chapel House
Chapel Lane
St. Mabyn
Cornwall
PL30 3BD
01208 841834
£50.00
Day 6 & Rest Day 112/05/10 & 13/05/10Eagle House Hotel
3 Castle Street
Launceston
Cornwall
PL15 8BA
01566 772 036
£45.00
Day 714/05/10The Fox and Hounds
Lydford
Devon
EX20 4HF
01822 820 206
£40.00
Day 815/05/10Travelodge
Whiddon Down
Merrymeet Junction
Exeter Road
Devon
EX20 2QT
0871 984 6047
£64.00
Day 916/05/10Taw Vale B & B
2 Taw Vale Terrace
Station Road
Crediton
EX17 3BU
01363 777879
£35.00
Day 1017/05/10Best Western Hotel
Blundells Road
Tiverton
Devon
EX16 4DB
01884 256120
£73.00
Day 1118/05/10Greenham Hall
Greenham
Near Wellington
Somerset
TA21 0JJ
01823 672603
£40.00
Day 12 & Rest Day 219/05/10 & 20/05/10Blorenge House
57 Staplegrove Road
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1DG
01823 283005
£70.00
Day 1321/05/10The Bear Inn
High Street
Street
Near Glastonbury
Somerset
BA16 0EF
01458 442 021
£83.95
Day 1422/05/10Lilac Cottage B & B
Gurney Slade
Bath
BA3 4TT
01749 840469
£40.00
Day 15, Rest Day 3 &
Rest Day 4
23/05/10, 24/05/10 &
25/05/10
Stu’s place in Bath
Day 1626/05/10The Dog Inn
Old Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury
South Gloucestershire
BS37 6LY
01454 312006
£35.00
Day 1727/05/10Foresters B & B
31 Chapel Street
Cam
Dursley
Gloucestershire
GL11 5NX
01453 549996
£40.00
Day 1828/05/10Cotswolds 88
Kemps Lane
Painswick
Gloucestershire
GL6 6YB
01452 813688
£150.00
Day 19 & Rest Day 529/05/10 & 30/05/10Station Hotel
Gloucester Railway Station
Bruton Way
Gloucester
GL1 1DE
01452 520022
£31.00
Day 2031/05/10Bell Hotel
Church Street
Tewkesbury
Gloucestershire
GL20 5SA
01684 293293
£39.00
Day 2101/06/10Ye Olde Talbot
Friar Street
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 2NA
01905 235730
£49.00
Day 2202/06/10George Hotel
Load Street
Bewdley
Worcestershire
DY12 2AW
01299 406970
£48.39
Day 23 & Rest Day 603/06/10 & 04/06/10Britannia Hotel
Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 1DD
0871 222 0091
£56.50
Day 2405/06/10Hatherton Country House Hotel
Pinfold Lane
Penkridge
Staffordshire
ST19 5QP
01785 712 459
£61.00
Day 2506/06/10Marsh Farm B & B
Uttoxeter Road
Abbots Bromley
Near Rugeley
Staffordshire
WS15 3EJ
01283 840323
£32.00
Day 26 & Rest Day 707/06/10 & 08/06/10Just B
6-10 Buxton Road
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 1EX
01335 346158
£50.00
Day 2709/06/10Charles Cotton Hotel
Market Place
Hartington
Derbyshire
SK17 0AL
01298 84229
£45.00
Day 2810/06/10Waterloo Inn
Taddington
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 9TJ
01298 85230
£50.00
Day 2911/06/10The Rambler Inn
Edale
Hope Valley
Derbyshire
S33 7ZA
01433 670268
£40.00
Day 3012/06/10The Old House B & B
Woodhead Road
Torside
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK13 1HU
01457 857527
£60.00
Day 3113/06/10Wellcroft House B & B
Bleak Hey Nook
Delph
Standedge
Saddleworth
OL3 5LY
01457 875017
£33.00
Day 32 & Rest Day 814/06/10 & 15/06/10Bar Place
Crown Street
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire
HX7 8EH
01422 842814
£59.00
Day 3316/06/10Woodland House B & B
2 Woodland Street
Cowling
Near Keighley
BD22 OBS
01535 637886
£30.00
Day 3417/06/10River House Hotel
Malham
Near Skipton
North Yorkshire
BD23 4DA
01729 830315
£55.00
Day 35, Rest Day 9,
Rest Day 10 & Rest Day 11
18/06/10, 19/06/10,
20/06/10 & 21/06/10
Russ & Rachel’s place in Knaresborough
Day 3622/06/10The Fountain
Market Place
Hawes
North Yorkshire
DL8 3RD
01969 667206
£45.00
Day 3723/06/10Keld Lodge
Keld
Near Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL11 6LL
01748 886259
£40.00
Day 3824/06/10Brunswick House
Market Place
Middleton-in-Teesdale
County Durham
DL12 0QH
01833 640393
£45.00
Day 3925/06/10Langdon Beck Youth Hostel
Forest-in-Teesdale
Barnard Castle
Co. Durham
DL12 0XN
0845 371 9027
£19.95
Day 40 & Rest Day 1226/06/10 & 27/06/10Cumberland Inn
Townfoot
Alston
Cumbria
CA9 3HX
01434 381875
£42.00
Day 4128/06/10The Centre of Britain Hotel
Main Street
Haltwhistle
Northumberland
NE49 0BH
01434 322422
£59.00
Day 4229/06/10The Cheviot Hotel
Bellingham
Hexham
Northumberland
NE48 2AU
01434 220696
£38.00
Day 4330/06/10Forrest View Hostel
7 Otterburn Green
Byrness Village
Northumberland
NE19 1TS
01830 520425
£18.00
Day 44 & Rest Day 1301/07/10 & 02/07/10Royal Hotel
Canongate
Jedburgh
Roxburghshire
TD8 6AN
01835 863152
£44.00
Day 4503/07/10Kings Arms Hotel
High Street
Melrose
The Borders
TD6 9PB
01896 800335
£55.00
Day 4604/07/10Broadmeadows Youth Hostel
Yarrowford
Selkirk
TD7 5LZ
01750 76372
£16.75
Day 4705/07/10Green Tree Hotel
41 Eastgate
Peebles
Tweeddale
EH45 8AD
01721 720582
£40.00
Day 4806/07/10The Meadows B & B
4 Robinsland Drive
West Linton
EH46 7JD
01968 661798
£32.00
Day 49, Rest Day 14 &
Rest Day 15
07/07/10, 08/07/10 &
09/07/10
Queens Guest House
45 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3NH
0131 2262000
£90.00
Day 5010/07/10West Port Hotel
18-20 West Port
Linlithgow
EH49 7AZ
01506 847456
£40.00
Day 5111/07/10The Coachman Hotel
4 Parkfoot Street
Kilsyth
Lanarkshire
G65 0SP
01236 821649
£55.00
Day 5212/07/10The Buchanan Arms
Main Street
Drymen
By Loch Lomond
G63 0BQ
01360 660588
£50.00
Day 53 & Rest Day 1613/07/10 & 14/07/10Rowardennan Youth Hostel
By Drymen
Glasgow
G63 0AR
01360 870259
£16.75
Day 5415/07/10Clisham Cottage B & B
Inverarnan
By Ardlui
Loch Lomond
Dunbartonshire
G83 7DX
01301 704339
£66.00
Day 5516/07/10Dalkell Cottage
Lower Station Road
Tyndrum
Stirlingshire
FK20 8RY
01838 400285
£34.50
Day 5617/07/10Kings House Hotel
Glencoe
Argyll
PH49 4HY
01855 851259
£37.95
Day 5718/07/10MacDonald Hotel
Fort William Road
Kinlochleven
Argyll
PH50 4QL
01855 831539
£55.00
Day 58 & Rest Day 1719/07/10 & 20/07/10Nevis Bank Inn
Belford Road
Fort William
Inverness-shire
PH33 6BY
01397 705 721
£90.00
Day 5921/07/10Great Glen Hostel
South Laggan
Spean Bridge
Inverness-shire
PH34 4EA
01809 501430
£15.50
Day 6022/07/10Georgeston B & B
Invermoriston
Inverness-shire
Highland
IV63 7YA
01320 351264
£30.00
Day 6123/07/10Drumnadrochit Hotel
Drumnadrochit
Loch Ness
Inverness-shire
IV63 6TU
01456 450218
£55.00
Day 6224/07/10The Waterside
19 Ness Bank
Inverness
IV2 4SF
01463 233065
£80.00
Day 63 & Rest Day 1825/07/10 & 26/07/10Novar Arms
Balconie Street
Evanton
Ross-shire
IV16 9UN
01349 830210
£40.00
Day 6427/07/10Ross Villa
Knockbreck Road
Tain
Ross-shire
IV19 1BN
01862 894746
£35.00
Day 6528/07/10Pandora’s B & B
Rosemount
Victoria Road
Brora
Sutherland
KW9 6QN
01408 622 562
£22.50
Day 6629/07/10Belgrave Arms Hotel
Dunrobin Street
Helmsdale
Sutherland
Scotland
KW8 6JX
01431 821242
£45.00
Day 6730/07/10Tormore Farm
Dunbeath
Caithness
KW6 6EH
01593 731240
£25.00
Day 68 & Day 6931/07/10 & 01/08/10Mackays Hotel
Union St
Wick
Caithness
Scotland
KW1 5ED
01955 602323
£150.00 * +

* Paid for a twin room for Matt and me
+ Evening meal included