Allen Banks & Staward Gorge
With miles of waymarked paths and wonderful scenery, this is a great place to go for a walk. Enjoy the woodland, listen to the wildlife and the peaceful trickling of the River Allen.
Northumberland International Dark Sky Park
https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/things-to-do/discover-dark-skies/ This dark sky zone in Northumberland
is the second largest area of protected night sky in Europe, achieving this
status from the International Dark Skies Association. This also makes it one of
the best stargazing spots in the UK. You can even simply enjoy stargazing in
Northumberland from the comfort of Herding Hill Farm from your Wigwam cabin,
lodge, tent or tourer! We’d recommend stargazing during the autumn and winter
months so that you can enjoy the dark skies in all its glory. Don’t forget to
pack your binoculars! We have some available for hire too if you need them.
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Here you can still see the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle.
Where Hadrian’s Wall hangs on the edge of the sheer crags of the Whin Sill. Previously a quarry, this is a great starting point to walk to Milecastle 42 and a fine stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.
We are located in the best position for the most complete part of the Wall. Visit the magnificent forts of Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald and the tranquil nature reserves of Cawfields and Walltown which are carved into the wall paths.
Houseteads Roman Fort
Set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire. Enjoy stunning panoramic views from the walls of this ancient fortress. Imagine how life was for the 800 Roman soldiers based here, as you wander the remains of the barrack blocks and hospital, and peer into the oldest toilets you'll ever see. With a history that goes back almost 2000 years, it offers a unique family day out in Northumberland. The interactive museum showcases objects once belonging to Roman soldiers and the mini cinema will take you on a journey through time.
The beautiful and now tranquil setting of Augustinian Lanercost Priory belies an often-troubled history. Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, it suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish wars, once by Robert Bruce in person. The mortally sick King Edward I rested here for five months in 1306-7, shortly before his death on his final campaign. Yet there is still much to see in this best-preserved of Cumbrian monasteries. The east end of the noble 13th-century church survives to its full height, housing within its dramatic triple tier of arches some fine monuments.
Talkin Tarn Country Park
At Talkin Tarn Country Park discover a 65-acre glacial lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and ancient woodland. Enjoy tearoom treats, stunning views and family adventures. Experience fun activities, unique wildlife and peace & quiet.
The UK's National Landscape Discovery Centre with exhibitions, a local food café and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce.
The South Tynedale Light Railway
Preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
This is one of the finest places to see Hadrian’s Wall, where it snakes and dives through dramatic countryside along the crags of the Whin Sill.
Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum
The North East’s best day out on Hadrian’s Wall, which is only 3 miles from our campsite. The Vindolanda Charitable Trust bring you two exciting and unmissable tourist attractions dramatically exploring Roman life on the edge of the empire 2000 years ago. Enjoy the world famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets, live archaeology during the summer months, the exclusive Eagle Eye 3D film and much more, all in the heart of beautiful Northumberland National Park and central sections of Hadrian's Wall.
Beamish – The Living Museum of the North
A world-famous open-air museum telling the story of life in North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. Visit the home farm, Victorian schoolroom or even walk down into the mine! A fabulous day out for all the family.
Metro Centre Gateshead
If shopping is your thing then we are a 45 minutes’ drive from the UK’s second largest shopping mall.
Leisure & Activity
Go Ape – Matfen
Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan! The classic and original Go Ape experience is a Tree Top Adventure. They'll brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off a Tarzan Swing and tackle crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Haltwhistle Leisure Centre
3 outdoor heated pools providing a fun day out for all the family. Entry fee allows unlimited all day use of the pools, adventure play area and picnic area. There is also free parking available.
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Experience nature on a grander scale. Kielder is home to the largest manmade lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, the largest working forest in England. It is one of Britain’s largest nature resorts with a thriving wildlife including rare red squirrel, deer and some rare birds. The best way to explore Kielder is to start at one of the three visitor centres, Tower Knowe, Kielder Waterside or Kielder Castle.
Merling Brae Water Ski Club
A friendly, family-orientated club, situated on Kielder Reservoir, Northumberland. Offering water skiing and wake boarding to members and non-members, beginners and advanced skiers, using fully qualified boat drivers and instructors.
Talkin Tarn Adventures
Outdoor activities in Cumbria with Talkin Adventures at Talkin Tarn. Boat hire, activities and water sports for families, team building and education groups including schools.
Tour Northumberland & Hadrian’s wall the fun way, on a 1400 cc chauffeured trike, with the wind in your hair just like Billy Connolly on Route 66. Tours from 30 mins to a full day.
Food and Drink
Black Bull Pub
The oldest Inn in Haltwhistle, with its original foundations in the 12th century. Real ale, good pub grub and convivial atmosphere.
Situated in the hamlet of Greenhead, close to the Hadrian's Wall Path, making this an ideal rest stop. Restaurant serves breakfast and evening meals in a friendly and cosy atmosphere.
The Milecastle Inn
We are lucky to have The Milecastle Inn within a 5 min walk from our campsite. A traditional family run pub, serving home cooked food and real local ales. Relax and enjoy a drink or two in the beer garden overlooking Hadrian’s Wall.
Twice Brewed Inn
The Inn is set amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in England and stands in the shadows of Steel Rigg, without doubt one of the most dramatic parts of Hadrian’s Wall. The Twice Brewed is close to all the main Roman sites on the wall – Vindolanda, Housesteads and The Roman Army Museum. Located on the popular Pennine Way route and welcomes walkers.
Walby Farm Park
A great day out with the kids. Exciting outdoor play areas, lots of animal friends and Cumbria’s biggest indoor play area. Take a stroll along the farm’s nature trail or just relax in the Curly Tails Café.
The market town of Brampton is 12 miles west of our campsite. A popular farmers market is held the last Saturday of the month 9am to 1pm, outside the Moot Hall in the centre of town.
Haltwhistle (Centre of Britain)
Haltwhistle is only a mile and a half from our campsite. Steeped in history and retaining many historical features including old bastle houses dating back to the feuding times of the Reivers, the town now boasts northern friendliness second to none. Pass the time of day in this ‘olde worlde’ town, enjoy the wealth of local characters and the traditional high street which still boasts many family-run businesses.
The picturesque market town of Hexham lies just a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall. The town centre is filled with winding streets with Hexham Abbey, the keystone of Hexham’s assets, at its hub. Pay a visit also to Hexham’s Old Gaol – an imposing stone cube, built in 1333 as England’s first purpose-built prison. The building’s history – and that of its infamous inhabitants including the Border Reivers – is told in full, gruesome glory across its four floors.