Herding Hill Farm Camping and Glamping benefits from a prime location on the edge of the small market town, Haltwhistle, known as the Centre of Britain, with excellent transport links giving you the opportunity to easily explore Northumberland. Rich in history, the county is filled with landmarks and ancient castles, miles upon miles of unspoilt coast and beaches, beautiful countryside and forests, along with quaint market towns. Naturally when you think about visiting Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most famous landmarks that comes to mind. The historic sites dominate the county’s landscape and stretch right the way out to the coast.
Northumberland is known for its heritage and boasts the largest number of castle sites in the UK. Many of these are now romantic ruins however Bamburgh Castle, and also, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, the second largest inhabited castle after Windsor, offer fantastic days out with plenty to see and do, with the latter being of particular interest for Harry Potter fans.
National Trust sites such as Allen Banks and Staward Gorge will give you the opportunity to enjoy stunning woodland walks and see the local wildlife. There’s also an array of stately homes and historic castles, such as Lindisfarne Castle at Holy Island. A little closer to the campsite you can also visit The Sill, the UK’s national landscape discovery centre based in the heart of the Northumberland National Park.
Northumberland’s unspoilt coast is within easy reach of Herding Hill Farm, where you will find a host of beautiful beaches, many of them dog friendly all year round. Bamburgh Castle Beach is a popular favourite and further down the coast you’ll also find Druridge Bay.
Bird-lovers may enjoy a boat trip to the Farne Islands to see the array of seabirds, including puffins. Combine a walk from the beautiful village of Craster, known for its famous kippers, with a visit to Dunstanburgh Castle, then along the beautiful sandy beach of Embleton Bay, finishing with a crab sandwich and pint from the brewery at The Ship Inn at Low Newton. Often featured as a must-visit Northumberland destination in the national press. Fresh fish and seafood is available to purchase direct from the harbour at many places including Seahouses and Amble.
To explore Northumberland by bike, Route 72 Cycle Way is a popular cycling route which spans from Cumbria across to the North East coast. If you would prefer to see what the local area has to offer on foot, there are plenty of local walks including Haltwhistle Burn and Haltwhistle Rings, where you can explore Northumberland’s stunning countryside direct from the campsite. The Hadrian’s Wall National Trail is also right on our doorstep, less than 1 mile away from Herding Hill Farm.
If you enjoy the outdoors, a visit to Kielder Water and Forest Park is a must when exploring Northumberland. Situated just 40 miles north of Herding Hill Farm campsite, there is plenty to keep you busy. From exploring the forest or waterside cycle trails, fishing, or taking in the stunning scenery and wildlife on walking routes, to discovering England’s largest Dark Skies Park with a visit to the Kielder Observatory. There’s also a wide range of both water and land-based activities for those looking for adventure.
As always, our team at the campsite are also happy to pass on their recommendations of places to visit and knowledge of the local area – please ask one of the site wardens if you have any questions. For more information on things to do in the local area why not check out our blog.