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: £45, 6 person room: £35, 4 person room £25. 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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is available to individuals and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the camping barn map, the Isaac's Tea Trail, the C2C Cycle Route and the North Pennines.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term, Christmas and New Year.


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


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News & Offers from Carrshield Camping Barn

Carrshield Camping Barn is open with cleaning a Covid-aware cleaning programme in place

June 27th 2020

Surrounded by the fells & valleys of the North Pennines, Carrshield Camping Barn offers basic accommodation for 18 across 3 rooms, each with a wood-burner and a wooden sleeping platform. Located it’s on the Isaac’s Tea Trail, C2C cycle route and close to a number of mountain bike routes.

There’s a separate cooking area & a composting WC. BYO stove, utensils & sleeping bag/mat.

Perfectly located it’s on the Isaac’s Tea Trail, C2C cycle route and close to a number of mountain bike routes.

Camping may be available.



Be daring in Northumberland

June 27th 2019

Could you spend the night in a lead mine lodging shop? You’ll find that things have changed over the last 200 years and you’ll find peace and quiet at Carrshield Camping Barn.

Our new sign might sound offputting, but we offer a great place for a night’s rest at our newly restored lead miner’s lodging shop. We’ve even added running water since the original opening, fed from a natural hillside spring. No added chemicals and no natural nasties, but you might want to boil it for drinking if you’re not used to a real taste of the hills.



March 26th 2019

Stay in a converted 19th century mine shop at Carrshield Camping Barn. The newly and sympathetically restored camping barn is within the former Barney Craig Mine Shop in the North Pennines. This used to be the largest mine shop in south Northumberland. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and was at risk of collapsing beyond repair. 

With funding from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund,  the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership renovated the building using traditional methods and existing materials and converted the upper floors into a basic Camping Barn.  It is now owned and managed by Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited, for the benefit of the local community. Why not support such a worthwhile enterprise and have yourself a fabulous weekend away exploring the North Pennines at the same time?
Carrshield Camping Barn, within the hostoric Barney Craig mine shop in the North Pennines, Northumberland
Carrshield Camping Barn

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