Forget bell tents and tipis, have a glamping adventure at Carrshield Camping Barn in the North Pennines and glamp in our scheduled ancient monument. Our thick 18th century stone walls and log burning stoves will keep you snug and transport you back in time. Bring torches, a cooking stove and utensils and live for a few days like your forefathers with out electricity, WiFi or a mobile signal.
On top of the unique experience of glamping at Carrshield Camping Barn you’ll have the great fun of exploring the area. The barn’s location has something for most people. Based reasonably centrally to the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark, in the West Allen Valley, we are remote, but convenient for many activities.
From our doorstep we can offer a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy. For those that wish to test their stamina there are the country lanes and bridle paths to cycle around. The Sea to Sea route goes close to our door and we are conveniently placed to join other National Cycle Routes. If you are looking for off-roading a bridle path giving access to the moors goes right past the door!
However, if you prefer a less adrenaline driven activity, we have a series of walks that you can enjoy from the door. You can explore the surrounding area that is steeped in history and abounds in natural wonders such as the beautiful waterfalls and birdlife. Either enjoy the peace and tranquility that the area has to offer or immerse yourself in the history. The camping barn itself is a central part of the mining that took place across the North Pennines over a century ago. All of our walks can be downloaded onto your Smartphone and followed whilst walking through the ViewRanger app.
The moors abound in wildlife, especially as a breeding ground for some fabulous birds, (of which unfortunately some are become endangered). Curlews and Golden Plover are plentiful during Spring and Summer along with Red Shanks, Snipe and Oyster Catchers. Looking into the skies above you could well spot Short-Eared Owls, Red Kites, Hen Harriers, Kestrels and Merlins. Whilst running around at ground level you could spot voles, field mice, stoat and weasel. The moors may look barren but do actually abound in wildlife.
At the close of the day, or occasionally before it starts, the skies in the area, like much of the AONB are remarkable for their star gazing. What could be better than sitting by the river listening to the night owls and watching the dark skies give their display?