Carrshield Camping Barn, Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AR

Call Kim Emmerson on 01434 345913


Opened in 2019, Carrshield Camping Barn has been sympathetically converted from an 18th century mine shop (a scheduled ancient monument). Nestling in the Allen Valley it is surrounded by the impressive fells and valleys of the North Pennines AONB, know as England's last wilderness. Situated on the first floor, the camping barns accommodates up to 18 across 3 rooms, each with a wood-burning stove and a raised wooden sleeping platform. The rooms are individually secure, but can be interconnected, making it ideal for larger or mixed groups. There's a separate cooking area with stone benches and a composting WC. BYO stove, utensils and sleeping bag/mat. Lacking electricity, WiFi, and a mobile signal, Carrshield Camping Barn gives you the unique opportunity to escape from the modern world for a night or two and experience the life of your forefathers. There is an outside sink fed from the barn's our own spring water supply (so you might want to boil it for drinking to be on the safe side) and you can always wash in the stream if you're feeling brave! Perfectly located it's on the Isaac’s Tea Trail long distance footpath as well as the classic Coast-to-Coast cycle route (C2C) and close to a number of established mountain bike routes and will appeal not only to walkers, hikers and cyclists, but also those interested in exploring the natural beauty, history and industrial heritage of the North Pennines. The nearest shops and pubs are a 10 min drive away. A container of tap water can be provided on request and extra camping may be available. Dogs welcome.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Northumberland and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    18: 1x8, 1x6, 1x4
  • Open:

    All year. Check in 3pm, check out 10am
  • Price per night:

    8 person room: £54, 6 person room: £42, 4 person room £28. Prices includes a basket of logs per room.
  • Booking:

    Book online. To be confirmed with full payment.
  • Directions:

    OS map ref NY803467 From the South, turn north off the A689 1km East of Nenthead signposted Carrshield. From the top of the valley and county boundary, carry on north towards Carrshield for 2.5km. From the North, turn left off the A686 2km south of Bearsbridge (signposted Ninebanks). Follow the road through Ninebanks and turn right at the T-junction with the Allendale-Carrshield road after about a further 5km. Pass through Carrshield village. The turn for Camping Barn is about 500m south of Carrshield village on the west side of the road, signed Barney Crag. The barn is only 50m down the track on the left hand side (before crossing the River West Allen) with car parking in front, and entrance to the accommodation at the rear.
  • Public Transport:

    Nearest Station Haydon Bridge (14 miles). Then taxi.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available May Day Bank Holiday 2021 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2021 Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2020 Available for Christmas 2021


fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
ZDogs by arrangement


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Long distance adventures on the doorstep

February 17th 2021

Carrshield Camping Barn is ideally located to use as a base to explore this wild, remote and beautiful area. We are conveninient for cycling and walking routes.

Our location snuggled in the West Allen Valley within the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark makes it an ideal base to explore the many delights of the area. The Sea to Sea cross country cycle route goes across the valley, there are also other National Cycle routes close by, as well as the challenge of off-roading along the bridlepaths of the moors. For walkers there is the glorious and informative Isaac’s Tea Trail that snakes around the Allen and South Tyne valleys, again going right by our door. If you are up for the challenge the South Tyne Trail can be reached from Carrshield and followed all the way the Haltwhistle, but you may need a lift back! We also have a series of walks from the door that cater for most abilities a short ramble around the local fells to full day hikes.


See some of the wonderful reviews of our hostel

November 27th 2020

A few reviews from guests of our accommodation;

“Always have an amazing time here. It’s perfect for a weekend of camping but still having the comfort and warmth of the indoors! The barn is very spacious even for larger groups, and the fire pits outside were perfect for the evenings. Could not recommend Carrshield camping barn enough!” – Daisy

​”What an amazingly unique place to stay. If you really want to be away from it all then this is the place. I have stayed in many different places in my 47 years all over the world, but I must say that Kim is the most thoughtful and welcoming host I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The memories of the interesting things we do in our lives are what make us smile as we get older. I felt like I had stepped into a different world for a night. There’s even a view of a small waterfall from the bedroom window. Cosy fire, great for making hot toddies….. The Danes would say this place is pure ‘Hygge”. – Ash
“Stayed here with a group of friends for 2 nights. We had such an amazing time! The area around the barn is very nice for a walk and with the wood burners it was lovely and warm overnight. Will definitely be returning.” – Charlotte
With reviews like these its easy to see the appeal. Why not start your own adventure at our Hostel? ​
Rear of barn

Carrshield Camping Barn in the North Pennines is Good to Go

November 24th 2020

We’re Good to Go when you are Good to Come. As soon as it’s allowed, Carrshield camping barn will be deep cleaned, Covid safe and ready to welcome you to England’s last unspoiled wilderness.

Carrshield Camping Barn is located in one of England’s most special places – a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO Global Geopark – highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.

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