Our campsite is now open but the majority of tent pitches remain closed for the season. Some facilities will be restricted. Pre-booked guests only, no walk-ins or backpackers.

A warm welcome awaits you in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall

The Dog Friendly Campsite in Northumberland

Herding Hill Farm is a dog friendly camping and glamping site in Northumberland, right next to the famous Hadrian’s Wall. It is the perfect destination for enjoying with your well-loved four-legged companions! Thanks to our range of pet-friendly accommodation options plus an abundance of facilities and dog walks close by, we guarantee your dog will have an equally enjoyable time!

Before we tell you all about the dog-friendly facilities on and around the campsite, we could not resist introducing you to Saffie, Dillon and Louie – 3 very important members of the Herding Hill team! They absolutely love greeting all the guests that visit us and particularly enjoy the many walks Northumberland has to offer. Keep a look out for them on your next visit!

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Saffie, Louie and Dillon enjoying the campsite and surrounding areas in Northumberland

The site

Herding Hill Farm is proud to be one of a few 5-star rated, dog friendly campsites in the UK. We offer various options including for those staying in their own caravan or motorhome, pitching up a tent or campervan or enjoying luxurious camping in a Wigwam cabin (except for 1 Wigwam cabin which is reserved for those with allergies). Unfortunately, our luxury lodge is not currently pet-friendly. All dogs are welcome whether they are pets or assistance dogs but we ask that all owners please keep their dogs on a lead to ensure the safety of all our guests. You will find dog water points throughout the site and dog treats in reception – so please come and say hello, we would love to meet your canine companions!

If you’re pitching up a tent or touring in a caravan, our campsite in Northumberland offers useful dog lead hooks which are included on every camping pitch.

dogs on site at Herding Hill Farm


Attractions and dog walks in the area

If you’re looking for dog walks in Northumberland, Herding Hill Farm has so many, right on its doorstep! If you don’t fancy travelling too far, we even have a 1km circular dog walk on site which has far reaching views and takes you past the animal paddocks so you can explore the wonderful petting farm. From fluffy alpacas to the friendly Kune Kune pig Bubble – we have a whole range of different animals for you to discover!

If you’re looking to explore Northumberland’s countryside with your dog, there is plenty of choice! Located right next to Hadrian’s Wall, you can be sure your canine companion is getting their well-deserved walk as well as being able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northumberland yourself. We offer a variety of good walks which start right from the campsite (see map below) and there are long stretches which means you can let your dog off the lead. You can find out about more amazing dog walks throughout the area by visiting www.dogwalks.co.uk.

short dog walks in Northumberland

We pride ourselves on being able to offer Hadrian’s Wall camping, with Hadrian’s Wall just 1 mile away and lots of attractions in surrounding areas, you will not be short of things to do. Whilst the various museums along the Wall don’t allow dogs it’s still possible to explore the history of the Romans with your four-legged friend by walking to the many Milecastles and other points of historic interest dotted along the wall. One route which is loved by many is the circular 5-mile Cawfields Quarry to Walltown Quarry walk which passes along a fabulous section of the Wall, past a Roman Altar and Aesica Fort. What is even better is it’s walkable directly from the site so there’s no need for transport.

walks at Hadrian's Wall

If you fancy a day by the coast, the campsite’s location boasts 30 miles of sandy beaches (many of them dog friendly), stretching along the Northumberland coast which you can reach within 90 minutes by car. A favourite is the Craster to Low Newton via Embleton Bay. At six miles long, this walk should take around two hours to complete. You will not be disappointed by the stunning views and there are plenty of spots to stop for a picnic. If you’re looking for a coastal walk that’s a little closer, Druridge Bay is another great option which is an hour drive and dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. 

Beamish Open Air Museum welcomes well-behaved dogs and is about an hour’s drive from the site.

For a forest walk, we’d recommend Kielder Water and Forest Park which offers plenty of open space and the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe. You can let your dog off here and with a 27-mile path round the reservoir, there’s plenty of space to explore with family, friends and of course your four-legged friend!

walks at Kielder Water and Forest Park


Pubs

There are plenty of pubs nearby including the Milecastle Inn which will take just 5 minutes to walk to from the Herding Hill campsite. You are unable to bring dogs inside the pub itself but there is a large beer garden to enjoy with your dog on a sunny day. (Please note Covid restrictions might apply). An option to enjoy on a milder or rainy day with your canine companion is the Twice Brewed Inn, located just 3 miles away and takes just 4 minutes to drive to. Located next door to The Sill, the National Landscape Discovery Centre, this pub welcomes dogs and even brews its own ale as well as providing home cooked meals.

The pubs located in Haltwhistle all welcome dogs so you can walk there from the site down the beautiful Haltwhistle Burn which winds its way down from the Roman Wall to the old stone houses of Town Foot. Its long stretch of river means you can let your dog off the lead for a bit of freedom before enjoying a hearty pub meal.

Lanercost tea rooms is a great option to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea. Located in Brampton, just a 17-minute drive away from the Herding Hill campsite. They even have a dedicated dog friendly seating area - Bark and Brew so your dog can enjoy cake and coffee with you indoors, all year round. There is also a small gift shop if you want to pick up a holiday momento.

Transport

The AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus runs daily Easter to September where you can take in the panoramic views of the famous Hadrian’s Wall and the beautiful scenery of the Northumberland National Park. You’ll be pleased to know this bus takes dogs and it conveniently passes the site entrance for Herding Hill Farm and drops you at various points along the wall, so you can walk sections of the impressive wall.

If you’re looking to explore Newcastle, the train from Haltwhistle railway station to Newcastle allows dogs. With the average journey time around 1 hour so it will not take you too long to reach Newcastle City Centre with its bustling quayside and plenty of dog-friendly pubs if you get a little thirsty.

Pet care

There is a brilliant veterinary centre in Haltwhistle, The Capon Tree Veterinary Centre who take care of all the animals on the campsite’s petting farm. For pet supplies, there are two pet shops in Haltwhistle itself, Heads & Tails and Poltcross Enterprises where you will find everything from dog beds and leads to dog food and treats. If you happen to be exploring Carlisle, there is WCF Pet and Equestrian which offers a variety of products including canine essentials and a choice of dog food from premium brands.

Dog checklist

To make it a little easier for you, we've put together a dog checklist of all the essential items you might need if you're bringing your dog(s) to Herding Hill Farm! Click here to download