Explore Northumberland

Northumberland is an enchanting border county and has such a lot to offer from rolling hills, the dramatic Hadrian’s Wall, stunning views, quiet beaches and fascinating history. It is really special here and your visit will definitely be unforgettable.

We’re sure that once you’ve visited, you’ll want to keep coming back

You can explore the many impressive castles, discover the incredible wildlife and not just marvel at the landscape but enjoy getting active in it whether it’s by walking, cycling, fishing or getting in or on the water. If you’d prefer however, you can just relax, enjoy some of the beautiful gardens, visit the friendly market towns and do some stargazing under the dark skies.

WALKING

Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Hadrian’s Wall Path is an 84 mile long National Trail and stretches coast to coast . Our campsite is perfectly placed for walking Hadrian’s Wall path, whether you’re walking the whole 84 miles of the wall and needing a lovely stopover to rest your legs and relax on your route, or whether you want to enjoy walking along just one of the most stunning parts of the wall while on your holiday exploring Northumberland.

You can walk to the wall in 20 minutes from the campsite and from there you can take in some spectacular scenery

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Sycamore Gap

Apparently this is the most photographed spot in the Northumberland national park and you can walk here from the campsite in just over an hour, walking along some of the most spectacular and preserved parts of the wall and taking in some of the best views.

Alternatively you can park at Steel Rigg car park and walk here in 10 minutes

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The Pennine Way

The Pennine Way National Trail is one of the most famous national trails covering some of the best landscapes in England from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

It’s a 268 mile route and crosses over Hadrian’s Wall to the Cheviots.

The campsite is a perfect place to base yourself if you’re trekking this trail.

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Cycling

No matter what your ability, whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, Northumberland and especially the area around our campsite offer perfect routes and natural trails. There are several long distance cycling trails including Hadrian’s Cycleway, Pennine cycleway and the popular coast to coast route (C2C) all passing through or nearby our location

Fishing

If you love to fish then Northumberland’s sparkling rivers are a great place to enjoy your sport

Horseriding

Enjoy the beautiful Northumberland scenery on horseback. The local riding school can help you whatever your riding needs.

BACK IN TIME

Vindolanda

Vindolanda is one of the North East’s most famous tourist attractions and is less than 4 miles from the campsite. You can easily take a wonderful walk to the site and make a great day of it.

This is home to the Vindolanda Writing Tablets – Britain’s “top treasure” – and they have live excavations every year that you can observe or even volunteer to take part in yourself.

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Housesteads

It’s a 4 mile walk or drive to Housesteads, the best preserved of all the Roman forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Here you’ll see excavated remains of all the different types of buildings within a typical fort including the barracks, hospital and toilets. The views from the fortress are stunning

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Chester’s Roman Fort

It’s eleven miles to Chester’s roman fort from our campsite. The fort, built in AD124 during the construction of Hadrian’s wall, is reputed to be the most complete cavalry fort in Britain. Around 500 Roman soldiers resided here and during your visit you’ll see the well-preserved baths and steam room that they enjoyed as well as the officers’ quarters.

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NATURE

The Sill

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre

This is a must to visit. It is a beautifully designed building sitting at the foot of Hadrian’s Wall only 2 miles from the campsite. Here you’ll be inspired by the landscape exhibition and find out about the history, culture and heritage of Northumberland. Enjoy a coffee and homemade cake or treat yourself to some of the local crafts and produce on sale in the shop.

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Dark Skies

The night skies here at the campsite are a joy. We have very little light pollution so you will be amazed at the constellations. If you’d like to be educated about the stars there are regular nearby events such as those at the Twice Brewed Inn

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and the nearby dark sky discovery site at Cawfields or if you’d like to go further afield, visit the famous Kielder Observatory

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Wildlife

It’s a joy to walk in this area which is full of interesting wildlife. On your walk you will be treated to the glorious sound of birdsong particularly the waders such as the curlew. At the nearby Allen Banks and Staward Gorge you can take a glorious walk through the forest where the woodland flora and fauna is in abundance. Northumberland National Park is also home to the red squirrel.

NEARBY TOWNS

Haltwhistle

Haltwhistle is the geographical Centre of Britain and is only 3.5 miles from the campsite. It is a picturesque town sitting beside the South Tyne river and with more than 2000 years of history. From the 18th-early 20th centuries Haltwhistle’s industries included mining, farming, woollen mills, breweries, brickworks and limekilns.

Here you can visit the parish church – Holy Cross – dating back, it’s believed, to the 9th century.

The bastle houses and peel tower on the Main Street still remain and are testament to the feuds and raids of the medieval period frequently seen on the English-Scottish border

In the 1830s the Newcastle to Carlisle railway was built and the railway station in Haltwhistle is still in use today providing excellent links to the two cities.

Haltwhistle now is home to local businesses including the butcher, Billy Bell’s – famous for his sausages and pies, coffee shops and lovely local pubs.

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Hexham

The lovely market town of Hexham has been voted England’s favourite market town by Country Life magazine and you can see why it is so popular

The Abbey stands proudly in the town’s centre and is well worth a visit. It also boasts the Old Gaol, England’s first purpose built prison and you can stroll around the shops enjoying the galleries and lovely coffee shops. There is also a farmer’s market twice a month where you can stock up on your local produce

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Corbridge

The nearby roman town of Corbridge is the jewel in the crown of Northumberland. There is an excellent roman site managed by English Heritage on the outskirts of the village (WEBSITE LINK)  The bridge at Corbridge is the oldest of the medieval bridges in the region which became derelict by the 17th century, and was finally replaced in 1674.

Today Corbridge has a very pretty high street and village square with a plethora of small independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It’s difficult to single out individual businesses but the kitchen shop is special as are Stobo’s the greengrocer and Hall’s the butcher. The front beer garden of the Angel Hotel is a lovely spot on a sunny afternoon and we can recommend The Valley Indian Restaurant at the railway station in Corbridge www.valleyrestaurants.co.uk;

Corbridge has many annual events held on the large fields near the railway station, the steam rally www.corbridgesteamrally-sttes.com held every June is very popular along with the Corbridge music festival https://corbridge-festival.co.uk in July. Our personal favourite is the beer and cider festival in June www.tynedalebeerfestival.org.uk;

HERITAGE

Alnwick Gardens and Castle

The Alnwick Garden is a wonderful place to visit full of interest, imagination and fun.
Be moved by the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the largest of its kind in the world, and experience the excitement of the Grand Cascade and water sculptures.

Be amazed in the Poison Garden and explore one of the world’s largest tree houses. The garden has a collection of hundreds of plant varieties and is really worth a visit

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Wallington

This 13,000 acre estate has something for everyone.

Explore the home of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Visit the enchanting walled garden. Look out for red squirrels at the wildlife hide. Enjoy a refreshing walk along the river and relax in the grassy courtyard with tea and cake

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Bamburgh Castle

There are more castles in Northumberland than any other county in England. There are too many glorious castles to name and describe them all but one of the most famous and impressive, standing guard over the magnificent Northumberland coastline is Bamburgh castle.

There is so much that this castle has to offer – get  a little taster by following the link

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PLACES TO EAT

The Milecastle Inn

This is a lovely local pub which is around 30 minutes’ walk from us. They serve good pub food and local ale.

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The Twice Brewed Inn

This pub is also 30 minutes’ walk from us. It’s a larger pub, serving good pub food and they have their own brewery on site. There is always a good choice of real ales

The pub also runs regular star gazing events.

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Bouchon Bistrot

Now to go here would be a treat. This is a lovely, award winning French restaurant in Hexham. The food and wine are excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed with great service. They offer an earlybird set menu also if you wanted to eat early and head back to the campsite to still be able to enjoy the evening sunset.

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What our campers have to say…

Just returned from a lovely weekend at this site. We were on a hard standing touring pitch just by the entrance and what a lovely spot it was with amazing views of the countryside. The owners were lovely and friendly and they have this site immaculate.

The toilets and shower block are spotless and I actually looked forward to going for my shower again on the 2nd night. This site is perfect if you are looking to take a walk along Hadrian’s Wall which we did.

Would definitely recommend this caravan and camp site to anyone looking for a peaceful break.

We stayed here at last minute while passing through, called up at 9.30pm and the lady was so welcoming and helpful allowing a late check in.

We parked up next to the duck pond with some rather cute ducks. The facilities were fab, warm and clean. We can’t wait to return

A relaxed break between Christmas and new year. A gem of a site, after a battle with traffic we arrived at the site. A warm and friendly welcome from the owners soon made us totally relax, very helpful. Easy walk to Hadrians Wall, beautiful scenery.

This site is well worth a visit for the location, facilities and the welcoming new owners. Keep up the good work guys, thank you for all you did

If you like small and peaceful this is a fantastic place to stop. There is a small shop in the reception that sells the essentials. There are clean, hot showers and toilets and a laundry room.

Hadrian’s Wall is walking distance and there are loads of footpaths around the site so you can walk as much or as little as you like. We were lucky enough to spend a couple of evenings with amazing sunsets and beautiful, clear starry skies so it was a brilliant opportunity for a bit of photography.

The staff were really welcoming and helpful and the campsite is dog friendly and well kept

This place is a small and beautifully located campsite operated by the couple that own it. Its obvious from your first enquiry they care about good service. Its not a big fancy place with lots of glamping accommodation which seems to be the trend these days. We loved our pitch which was on one of the upper levels, the sunrise and sunsets were amazing.

Lots of birdsong, wild rabbits and the rescue Ponies in the field next door not to mention the resident ducks and hens – we loved Tracy’s bacon sandwiches and proper barrister coffee!

We have already booked a return visit!

Stopped of at this excellent campsite on our way to Scotland. Staff could not do enough for us. Very friendly and helpful. Great knowledge of the area, directions to Hadrian’s wall spot on.

We will definitely be back., best facility’s I have ever used , clean , warm and well maintained, thoroughly recommended, you will want to stay longer