The North Pennines AONB is referred to as the last wilderness in England, and truly lives up to this title, but also gives a wide variety of activities to do as well as interesting places to visit, or just relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. . We are located on the northern edge of the AONB within close proximity to Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and the beautiful Northumberland coast.
Nestling in the upper reaches of the West Allen valley, a tributary of the South Tyne River, with fells gently rising above to give wonderful views across northern England and into southern Scotland. If you are looking for a place to escape the everyday hassles of life, this is for you. Wander the quiet valleys and moors, we have prepared walks or runs for the more energetic that will take you around the area. One group of routes in neighbouring Allenheads has the advantage of starting and finishing close to The Hemmel Café and Allenheads Inn, what a fantastic way of spending a day. For those looking for a long walk then there is Isaac’s Tea Trail, a 36-mile circular walk, a wander around valleys and moors of the area, which goes close to our door.
The valleys, slopes and moors are actually hope to a wide range of wildlife, such as Red Squirrels, Roe Deer, Black Grouse, Curlew, Golden Plover and Short-Eared Owls to name but a few. There are also a wide range of wildflowers alongside the heather that the area is renowned for during the summer months.
There are a number of Roman sites to visit including the hill fort of nearby Epiacum, to the magnificent Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads and Vindolanda, all within easy reach of our location. Should history be on your agenda then there are two lead mine museums in neighbouring villages, and close by the old smelting works at Allendale. More up to date there is a museum of modern science fiction that is well worth a visit, it is easy to find with a Tardis and Dalek standing outside.
With the river running by it is also a lovely place to just sit and relax with the sound of water bubbling over the rocks and birds singing overhead. Whether this is for a day of relaxation or at the end of the day sitting by a fire and watching the stars come out in the dark skies of the area.
Our website has details of many other activities and places to visit when you book you next adventure at Carrshield Camping Barn.