Hadrian’s Wall Camping and Caravan Site

UK England North East England Northumberland

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Less than a mile away from Hadrian’s Wall

The 82 miles of Emperor Hadrian’s monumental, Pict-proof stone wall is Northumberland’s most famous landmark. Though its military barracks are in ruins, the historical structures remain impressively atmospheric. It’s easy to imagine how the soldiers must have felt, keeping watch at the very outpost of the civilised world. By day scanning a horizon of rolling hummocks and wind blown heathland, by night using the light of the moon in a sky that, to this day, remains one of the darkest spots in Europe. The wall is now a World Heritage Site, but you can still camp just a mile or so from one of the most complete and dramatic sections at Hadrian’s Wall Campsite.

The site is terraced on four levels, each commanding amazing views over open country side and to the wall itself. In the summer months, an extra ‘wild camping’ field is opened up, with oodles of space for large families and campfires by arrangement. Weary backpackers can also rejoice: there’s a strip dedicated entirely to your aching bones – no need to book, just stagger up on the day – with a handy cook house to help speed the post-walk meal along. The campsite is well located for rambles along Hadrian’s Wall Path, an 84-mile National Trail shadowing the line of the wall. The site-owners will even arrange transport to or from your start/finish points, leaving you free to enjoy your linear walk and the wall. Just keep an eye out for those Picts.

Details

Facilities

Terraced pitches; 7 hot showers, hairdryers, toilets, laundry (washing machine and tumble dryer), and hook-ups. Disabled access and facilities. Basic groceries sold at reception and there is a campers’ fridge/freezer. Bunk barn sleeping 10. No campfires or disposable BBQs. Order the night before for a full English breakfast.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, groups – yes.

Nearby

The Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum (01434 344363) is just down the road and The Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum (01434 344277) allows you to experience the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, live archaeology in summertime and a collection of Roman finds from local sites. They are always digging and finding new treasures. North of the campsite is dominated by the Kielder Forest National Park, a huge expanse ideal for walking and cycling, centred around Kielder Water, a vast man-made lake and one of Britain’s largest nature resorts. Things to do include fishing, boating and an array of water sports.

Food & Drink

There is a small cafe and shop offering home cooking and groceries including breakfasts. Pizza can be delivered to your pitch, evening meals can be arranged and even a pack lunch can be organised if your out for a walk! Haltwhistle is also a short distance away and has plenty of excellent shops, cafes and take aways. The stone-built Milecastle Inn (01434 321372), a mile to the west, has everything an age-old country pub could want including wooden beams covered in nick-nacks, an open fire and a resident ghost. It also has the benefit of ‘wall’ views from the beer garden.

Opening Times

All year.

Pitches

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Location

Contact Hadrian’s Wall Camping and Caravan Site, Melkridge Tilery, nr Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 9PG

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Getting There

The campsite is located just east of Haltwhistle. From the B6318 Military Road, take the turning to Melkridge. The site is just 300 metres on the left. From the A69, 1 mile east of Haltwhistle, there’s a staggered crossroads at Melkridge village. Take the turning opposite the village and continue for 2 miles. The campsite owners can collect you from Haltwhistle train station or from nearby bus stops, check when you book.

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