Carrshield Camping Barn, Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AF.

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Camping barn in an 18th century Mine Shop near Carrshield

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. We now have mains electricity giving you lights and power points and a mobile signal within the building, but still no WiFi. 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. The external sink is connected to mains water so can be used for washing and drinking, but if you are feeling brave a wash or plunge in the river. 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, runners, 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. Dogs are 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 Trans Euro Trail Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022 Available Autumn Half Term 2022 Available for Christmas 2022 Available New Year 2022 / 2023


fSleeping bags required
hSome areas heated
oMeals available locally
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
5Very basic accommodation


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June in Carrshield

May 23rd 2022

A wonderful month to be surrounded by mother nature in the North Pennines

With the valleys becoming a beautiful verdant green and the moors blossoming, the birds raising their young what is not to like about the North Pennines at this time of year? We may well be in the heart of England’s last wilderness, but we are conveniently located to explore this amazing area that teems in wildlife and has heritage sites around every corner. The latter starts with the accommodation being a Scheduled Ancient Monument that played its part in the Industrial Revolution to Hadrian’s Wall and other Roman sites being close by.

With wide-open spaces on the moors where you can walk without seeing anybody for hours, and have amazing views across northern England, to the small valleys and villages that have craft shops, art galleries and museums, not forgetting cafes for coffee and cake! The sunsets can be quite spectacular at this time of year, so an evening spent atop the moors watching the sun go down over southern Scotland. Or just sitting by the fire pit listening to the river bubbling over the rocks.

Carrshield in the West Allen Valley in the south-western corner of Northumberland is truly a place to escape the world and recharge yourself.

Sunset at Carrshield

Spring Bank Holiday back in time

May 14th 2022

We still have vacancies for the Spring Half Term where you can come and enjoy the unique experience within the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geo Park, by staying in a Scheduled Ancient Monument

Travel back in time by booking a break with us to stay in a converted 18th Century Mine Shop that was once the centre of this busy Lead Mining area. The location is within the North Pennines AONB and surrounded by Sites of Special Scientific Interest, due to the flora and fauna that live here.
There is so much to do in the area from touring historic sites going back to Roman times, including Hadrian’s Wall, and two Lead Mining Museums within a few miles. If you are feeling more energetic then choose one of our walks (or runs) to follow that will take you along valleys or over moors with amazing views and wonderful wildlife. The quiet country lanes and bridleways also make for excellent cycling around the area. Call in Art Galleries, Craft Shops, and cosy Cafes in almost every village you go through.
At the end of the day enjoy the quiet sitting by the river listening to the water bubble over the rocks or enjoy the pleasure of an open fire to sit beside as the sky darkens to give you a spectacular experience of our Dark Skies.
All the fun of camping without the hassle of a tent in England’s last wilderness.

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A unique experience in the last wilderness in England, The North Pennines AONB

April 28th 2022

Stay in a converted Mine Shop now a Scheduled Ancient Monument surrounded by wonderful unspoilt countryside and wildlife.

Our building was originally where the local mines had their blacksmiths and living accommodation on the first floor. In its heyday, the Barney Craig Mine Shop was the largest in the area. The mines closed, and people moved away from the area, with mother nature returning and reclaiming the land. The upper floor now provides accommodation for those looking to explore and enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The river West Allen flows by, with the moors and fells rising above the valley. These areas are now home to some beautiful wildlife, including endangered birds that migrate here each Spring to raise their family.
Alongside the natural wonders that the area has to offer, there are museums that give an insight into the mining that took place in these valleys. Going back further in time there are Roman remains to be found at places such as Epiacum, Vindolanda, Housesteads and Hadrian’s Wall.
There are a range of walks or runs that will take you along valleys or over the moors; alternatively, take to your bike and enjoy the quiet country lanes with a new view around every corner.


Latest Blog about Carrshield Camping Barn

A week of adventurous activities in the North Pennines

April 20th 2022

Carrshield Camping Barn and the surrounding North Pennines has so much to offer within its ancient landscape. The scenery can get the heart racing or relaxing and Carrshield Camping Barn makes the perfect affordable base for seven days of amazing activities. Read on to find out more.

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