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

Call Paul Stafford on 07896900956


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 for Christmas 2021 Available New Year 2021 / 2022 Available February Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022


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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Cooking under the stars

October 11th 2021

After a day exploring what could be better than cooking and eating under the stars at the side of a river, we can provide the setting, you just need to book your stay.

The October half-term is almost upon us. Have you got something planned? We have still got vacancies for the week, so look no further. There are walks or runs from the door, moors to wander, and valleys to explore. History abounds throughout the area, so museums, art galleries, and cafes can help out if the weather is inclement.
The Autumnal weather is now with us, cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Although many of the birds have now left the higher moorland areas, heading for warmer climates. We can still offer you not only a warm welcome but also a cheery fire to warm you up after your day’s adventure around this fantastic area. Each of our three rooms come complete with a log/multi-fuel burner, and we provide a basket of logs free of charge to help keep you warm. Should you want to watch the stars at night, then the dark sky above Carrshield is excellent; you can also keep you warm out there as there is a fire circle that our guests can use.
Are you planning a significant group activity next year, or even this year for those brave individuals? Then Carrshield Camping Barn is just the place, our three rooms will take 18 people, whilst others can camp in the area just south of the building. You could even go back to basics and enjoy cooking on an outside fire; it always makes the food taste extra special. Camping is for overflow only, not as an alternative to hiring the rooms.
We are already looking at taking bookings for 2022, so ensure that you do not miss out.

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Step back in time with a stay in an old mine shop

October 5th 2021

With over 300 years of mining in the vicinity and many original features still within the building, you can imagine life as a Lead Miner at Carrshield.

The building that now houses Carrshield Camping Barn is a Scheduled Ancient Monument due to its importance in the area’s industrial heritage. The building is a two-storey stone construction with the upper floor previously used for lodging, now used as the Camping Barn. The ground floor, which retains some original features, including several arched furnace openings and a blacksmith’s forge and an engine house at the northern end, has been converted into Carrshield Village Hall and Arts Centre.
In its heyday, this mine shop was the largest in the region.
In 2017, at imminent risk of collapsing beyond repair, Allendale Estate gifted the building to Allen Valleys Enterprise in a critical condition. With funding from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, during 2017-18, the building was renovated using traditional systems and existing materials to be preserved and serve as an asset for the local community.
Mining has taken place in the North Pennines since the Bronze age, but during the 1760’s, significant activity started within Carrshield. These mines were in use until the 1980’s.
Many of the remains of this industrial activity are still visible in the area, especially between Barney Craig and the village of Carrshield. Please take care when exploring and remember it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and should not be damaged or have pieces removed.
Come and enjoy the history of the building and the surroundings by staying in our warm and cosy rooms, or even camp in the area just south of the building

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Autumn and Winter breaks

September 29th 2021

Although the days are shorter the moors are colourful and there is always the chance of snow. Book a break with us and get away from the crowds and do something different. Your adventure starts here

The weather has turned cooler up in the North Pennines, but with each room having a log fire, you can still keep warm after a day exploring the area. Now is the time to plan for those Autumnal and Winter breaks exploring the valleys and moors, rivers and waterfalls. The colours will soon be changing from green to golden brown on the trees and bracken with the heather adding a deep brown to the mix.
The North Pennines AONB claim that this area is the last wilderness in England; it is undoubtedly a great place to escape and enjoy relative peace and quiet. Although the days are getting shorter, the walks, rides, and runs taken directly from our doorstep are all still achievable in daylight. As the year comes to a close, there will be a greater chance of snow on the moors and fells around Carrshield, so book a break and have some fun. We are fortunate that Northumberland County Council does terrific work in keeping the road into Carrshield open despite the snow and drifts.
Christmas away from the crowds and TV can be arranged by booking a festive break with us, although we cannot promise there is a greater chance of a White Christmas here than in most other places in the country.


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Glamping Adventures in the North Pennines

March 4th 2021

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.

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