Carrshield Camping Barn, Near Blue Row Cottages, Carrshield, Hexham, NE47 8AF.
Call Kim Emmerson on 01434 345913
OverviewOpened 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.
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 Walks Isaacs Tea Trail C2C Cycle Route
We’re Good to Go Mini Breaks with Activities Camping Barns and Bothies Duke of Edinburgh's Award Accommodation for Cyclists Available to Individuals North Pennines
This accommodation is available at the following peak timesAvailable Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2021 Available August Bank Holiday 2021 Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available for Christmas 2021
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Mental Health Awareness Week 10 -16 May 2021
May 6th 2021
Is the pace of life too fast and you need to recharge yourself, then we could possibly be the place where you could do just that?
Mental Health affects many of us in one form or another during our lifetime. Whilst Carrshield Camping Barn cannot offer advice or specialist help, we genuinely believe that our location could help sufferers.
The speed of today’s modern world leads to stress and anxiety in many people. We need to have an escape, to step off the treadmill and give ourselves time.
Our location and facilities, or lack of them, allow you that escape there is no internet, mobile phone signal is not brilliant either. These factors mean that you are effectively cutting yourself off from the modern world.
The surrounding area is steeped in industrial history and abounds in wildlife, magnificent scenery and mile after mile of uninhabited moorlands to wander around.
You could go for a long walk across moors and see the Curlews, Golden Plover, Snipe, Red Kite, Hen Harriers and Sparrowhawks flying around. Alternatively, take a more leisurely wander along the streams and rivers of the area to see Pied and Grey Wagtails, Dippers, Oystercatchers, Black Grouse and Kestrels. Whichever you choose, there will be Field Mice, Voles, Stoat and Weasel nearby as well.
Although an initial glance, the moors appear to be vast tracks to heather and grass, many other plants are living there. Look for Wild or Mountain Pansy, Scurvy Grass, Heath Bedstraw, Tufted Bulrush, and the vivid yellow of Tormentil. Many of these were, and some still are, used as herbal remedies.
There are walks available on our website to assist you in exploring and free to download on the outdoor activity app ViewRanger.
At the end of your day exploring the area, there is a fire pit available, where you could do some backwoods cooking or relax beside the flames and watch the stars gradually emerge above you.
Whether you can take the opportunity to book a break with us during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 or come at some other time, all this tremendous natural environment is there for you to enjoy and recharge yourself. If you have concerns regarding the potential of contracting Covid-19 during your break with us, please be reassured that we have a cleaning regime and other plans in place that are recognised nationally and internationally.
Start to plan your escape by looking at our website for further details.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
May 4th 2021
Holiday blues because you will have to be a part from your beloved canine friend, or face an extra charge for taking them with you?
We are open now to welcome you and your trusty canine companion. It is important to us that not only are you able to enjoy your stay, but your faithful friend does as well.
Because it is a no-frills location, our accommodation means that you can allow your dog into your room. That is unless you would rather not, your decision.
Adjacent to the Camping Barn, a small river and grassy area are excellent for allowing you and your dog some much-needed fun time. Just be mindful of other people, sheep that graze on the adjacent moors, and clear up afterwards. There is a suitable bin close to the Camping Barn.
There walks that lead straight from the door over the adjacent moors and valleys that will introduce you to the history, wildlife, wildflowers and fantastic scenery that the North Pennines AONB and Global Geopark have to offer. Due to the nature of the moors as breeding grounds for endangered birds such as Curlew, Snipe, Red Shank and Golden Plover, it is vital to follow the local guidelines by ensuring your dog is on a lead and stays on the footpaths. The North Pennines AONB website contains the details of these guidelines.
On returning to the Camping Barn, there are facilities to wash any mud off of your dog and maybe your boots, thereby keeping your room and your equipment that little bit cleaner.
All this and at no extra charge to spoil your dog by bringing it on holiday with you.
We are dog lovers and owners ourselves, so if you have problems during your stay, please let us know so we can help you resolve the issue.
We are looking forward to giving you and your furry friend a warm welcome to Carrshield Camping Barn.
School Holiday Escape
April 29th 2021
Something with appeal to the whole family. Easy to follow walks, with history and nature along the route. Teach the children the art of fire-making and cooking outdoors. Dry shelter from the weather.
Are you looking for something that could appeal to the whole family? Well, we could be just the place you are looking for, and we are dog friendly.
We have a series of walks that take you from the door over moors and along valleys filled with history; it would be easy to turn these walks into nature trails. The moors teem with wildlife, from mice and voles living in their tiny holes and tunnels in the grasses. The Plovers and Curlews visit the moors each Spring and Summer to breed. Valleys around the area have Black Grouse and Dippers looking for their food in the babbling streams. Overflying all of these could be Red Kites, Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owls, and Kestrels, with Peewits giving impressive aerobatic displays.
Because the area does not have the high volume of traffic that other holiday destinations attract, the roads are relatively safe to explore by bicycle. Or if feeling more adventurous, why not cycle across the moors using the Bridlepaths in the area
On-site, a fire pit can be safely used to teach the family how to create an open fire and then the pleasures of cooking on it. Alternatively, to relax at the side of after an enjoyable day exploring the area.
All of the above and the safety and security of having your own rooms without having to worry about tents and the weather.
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.Read More