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

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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, but still no WiFi, and a mobile signal within the building, 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, 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 Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route
This accommodation is featured on the following pages
We’re Good to Go Mini Breaks with Activities Camping Barns and Bothies Duke of Edinburgh's Award Accommodation for Cyclists Available to Individuals IHUK Signage North Pennines

This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021


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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Wilderness challenges and adventures in the North pennines

July 21st 2021

Looking for a wilderness challenge & adventure where you could walk or cycle all day and hardly see anybody? Then relax by an open fire & babbling river to watch the stars gradually emerge above you.

Carrshield Camping Barn is located conveniently close to both the Sea to Sea (Coast to Coast/C2C) cycle route and the long-distance Isaac’s Tea Trail. These challenges can be done as an epic one-day expedition or as multi-day trips whilst exploring the area as you journey along.
Isaac’s Tea Trail and its documented history all along the route is a must-do adventure that takes in remote moorland and beautiful valleys, towns and small hamlets. Greener Miles Running are doing an Ultra Marathon event along the route on 7th August, and we will be supporting these athletes as they run the course. But, it can be done at a much more leisurely pace where there is time to explore the historic ruins and wonder at what life would have been like in the numerous mines during the 18 century. Or even further back in time when the area was subject to attacks from the Border Reivers.
The valley is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; they claim that this is the last wilderness in England. After a day of adventure walking the moors and exploring hidden valleys, enjoying watching the numerous waterfalls that help create this landscape, we are sure you would agree with their claim.
At the end of the day’s expedition, whether on foot, cycle or car, you can cool off in the pools of the West Allen River that flows by the Camping Barn. Light a fire and enjoy the atmosphere as the stars come out above you as you plan the following days adventure.


Summer holiday family fun and adventures

July 6th 2021

Something different is waiting for you to discover in the valleys and moors of the North Pennines and south Northumberland. Walks, cycle rides, nature, and history, all to be found.

You and your family will be able to get close to nature and experience the many delights of England’s last wilderness, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Geo Park.
Our location in the West Allen Valley, just south of the small village of Carrshield, has the river running close to the building and moors rising on either side, making it an idyllic setting. The accommodation is a converted Mine Shop used during the lead mining days when the area’s population was much higher than today. It allows you to have all the fun of camping, without the worry and hassle of tents.
There are walks from the door that let you explore the valleys, rivers and moors that make this part of Northumberland such a special place. The long-distance Isaac Tea Trail passes close to the village, so if you like a challenge, why not use Carrshield as your base?
Alternatively, you could cycle the quiet country lanes that pass between the valleys giving fantastic views over the rest of the county and southern Scotland. There is also off-roading with Bridleways that pass the door and take you over the moors, another wonderful way of seeing the area.
At the end of your adventure, relax by the river, cook on an open fire or barbeque, and then sit back and watch the stars come out.

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The last wilderness in England

June 29th 2021

The North Pennines AONB believe that this area is truly England’s last wilderness, we agree. Come and explore this beautiful and remote area.

Adventures in England’s last wilderness are waiting for you at Carrshield Camping Barn. We nestle in the upper reaches of the West Allen River, surrounded by the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Geo Park. Go exploring the valleys up and down the central West Allen Valley to find historical remains, glimpses of tumbling waterfalls, or spotting wildlife hiding in the trees and wildflowers. Alternatively, wander over the moors to watch Grouse, Curlew, Golden Plover and birds of prey soaring above you, enjoying the wildflowers that grow in the grassy areas, or look for lizards voles and mice as they scurry between their burrows.
There are bridleways across the moors that allow you to mix some quiet lanes and off-road cycling. The accommodation is close to the Coast to Coast cycle route and National Cycle Route 7 and also surrounded by quiet roads that will allow you to explore the area with ease.
After a day of adventure and exploring, relax by the river as it babbles past the Camping Barn, watching the stars gradually come out as you sit beside an open fire. Ahhh!


Latest Blog about Carrshield Camping Barn

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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