Shepherd's huts near Newcastle upon Tyne

Camp near Newcastle upon Tyne for beachfront castles and remote moorland.

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Shepherd's huts near Newcastle upon Tyne guide

Overview

In the area surrounding Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England, campers can discover a world where ancient history converges with dramatic landscapes. The formidable Hadrian’s Wall, dating back to the 2nd century, stretches across grassy hills, while the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty showcases the majestic Bamburgh Castle overlooking one of England’s best beaches for swimming. Northumberland National Park’s serene expanses, Kielder Water and Forest Park’s tranquil shores, and the wild heather moors and wooded river valleys of North York Moors National Park also define the region. Camping options abound near any of these main attractions—from shepherd’s huts on moorland country farms to tent and caravan pitches for traditionalists.

Where to go

North York Moors National Park

South of Newcastle, North York Moors National Park is a captivating expanse of heather-clad moorland, wooded river valleys, and a rugged coastline dotted with timeless villages and ancient stone monuments. Of course, there are also a range of on-site camping options, from rustic tent pitches to glamping pods and luxury yurts. Wake up from any camping site and walk across several trails that crisscross the park, including Cleveland Way National Trail passing through coastal and inland sections for a diversity of wild viewpoints. Historic landmarks in the park include Whitby Abbey, of Dracula fame, and Rievaulx Abbey, a Cistercian monastery founded in 1132.

Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

A mesmerising stretch of pristine coastline boasting golden sands and rugged dunes, Northumberland Coast AONB is situated just north of Newcastle upon Tyne. Particularly noteworthy is Bamburgh Beach. Not only is it a great place to go swimming and beachcombing, but majestic Bamburgh Castle sits on a cliff for an especially dramatic snapshot. Campers can find waterfront tent and caravan pitches with easy access to hiking, birdwatching, beach games, and water sports.

Northumberland National Park

The northernmost national park in England, Northumberland National Park is where campers go to find historic Hadrian’s Wall, a remnant from the Roman occupation of Great Britain. Several campsites dot the stunning landscape of sweeping moorlands, peaceful valleys, and sparkling rivers. Plus, as the largest protected area of night sky in Europe, the park is a perfect spot for stargazing. Adjacent to the park is Kielder Water, a gigantic man-made lake that’s great for canoeing and fishing for rainbow trout.

When to go

Camping near Newcastle upon Tyne is most comfortable from May to September, when the weather is warmest and driest. Campers should note that even in summer, temperatures rarely break into the 20s, and it does rain year-round. Spring and summer are great for wildlife viewing, especially for swallows and swifts returning for breeding season, or colonies of puffins and guillemots along the Northumberland coast. Summer is also festival season. Check out the Mouth of the Tyne Festival to enrich the camping experience around Newcastle.  

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