Camping in Northumberland National Park

Explore ancient landscapes and pitch-black night skies in the UK’s most remote park.

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12 top campsites in Northumberland National Park

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Beirhope Alpacas

11 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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Social District

30 units · Tents55 acres · Grizedale, Cumbria, North West England
Lake District camping on the banks of Lake Windermere, with direct access to the water.
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The Old Chapel Campsite

30 units · Tents1 acre · Grizedale, England
Nearly wild camping in the North Pennines
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Puddlemire

21 units · Glamping, Tents5 acres · Kirkby Lonsdale, England
Camping in countryside between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales
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Kestrel Lodge Campsite

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

47 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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Breaks Fold Farm Glamping & Camping

14 units · Tents2 acres · Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, North East England
Camping in Nidderdale with excellent facilities, dogs and campfires welcome, and views over Thruscross Reservoir.
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Harebeck Holidays

8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes1 acre · Wasdale, England
Nestled between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea coast this site is situated on a working dairy and sheep farm. Farm tours can be arranged on arrival. A play hut with outdoor games, drying room with communal fridge and freezer (some units have their own small fridge). Natural hedges surround the site. Four fruit trees near the shower block Half a mile to Gosforth village with Shop, Bakery, Cafe, 4 Pubs providing food and an Italian restaurant. Gosforth and Seascale villages have play parks. Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Wasdale, Scafell Pike and Sandy Beaches with Cafes selling local ice cream are nearby with most Lake District attractions within an hours drive and Edinburgh a three hour drive away. There are 5 campervan/motorhome pitches, a pod, a modern take on a shepherds hut with underfloor heating, a heated pod and two gypsy caravans with electricity to book. All pitches are on gravel positioned to enjoy views over farmland to Scafell Pike and other fells, they are surrounded by grassy areas with seating and a picnic table. A wooden play hut has outdoor games and toys inside. Awnings can be added on the 3 larger pitches. Tents can be pitched next to units for an extra £10 per night. Barbeques are allowed on gravel with our Gypsy Caravans having a campfire area. There is a communal fridge and freezer, outdoor drying space. Farm tours can be arranged. Wildlife and farm animals can be seen in the surrounding fields. Fresh vegetables and barbeque packs can be ordered with 24 to 48 hours notice. Grocery deliveries accepted from supermarkets. There is also a holiday cottage on the farm sleeping 6 over two rooms. Situated midway between the Western Lake District Fells and the Irish Sea Coast makes this site ideal for lower or higher level walks. Sandy beaches at Seascale and St Bees have cafes selling locally made ice cream alongside play areas to keep children happy. Scafell England's highest mountain is close by as are a number of Wainwrights. Nearby is Muncaster Castle and Gardens with its Hawk and Owl Centre, also Ravenglass (a Roman port with remains of a bath house),  you can ride up the Eskdale Valley on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (Laal Ratty). Perhaps take a stroll to Stanley Ghyll waterfall. They have a cafe at both terminuses with a museum in Ravenglass where nearby you can sample Ravenglass Ice Cream. Wasdale and Ennerdale are close by both valleys having cafes and pubs.
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Howbeck Lodge

27 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Hesket Newmarket, England
A dog-friendly farm campsite on the northern edge of the Lake District
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Hazel Mount Fellside

5 units · Tents5 acres · Eskdale, Cumbria, North West England
Nearly wild camping on the western edge of the Lake District overlooking the Duddon Estuary
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Walkmill Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Northumberland, North East England
Refreshingly understated private camping in the unspoiled Northumberland countryside
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Camping in Northumberland National Park guide

Overview

Harbouring a population of just 2,000 within its 405 square miles (1049 square kilometres), Northumberland National Park is the UK’s most secluded. Lined by over 1,100 kilometres of footpaths, cycle trails, and bridleways (and home to Hadrian’s Wall, the Hareshaw Linn waterfall, and the Sycamore Gap tree), the park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, the lack of light pollution makes this a prime spot for stargazing—in the right conditions, it’s even possible to see the Milky Way and Andromeda with your own eyes. A variety of camping options offer something for everyone, from secluded wildlife-watching camps in the north to family-friendly working farms in the south.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for sightseers: Hadrian’s Wall Campsite offers back-to-basics camping just 20 minutes’ walk from the UNESCO-listed landmark.
  • Best for families: Herding Hill Farm has a petting farm, playground, and cornershop on site, plus tent pitches, luxury lodges, and a BBQ hut.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Hadrian’s Wall is one of the main draws of the region, so if you’re looking for last-minute accommodation, consider heading into the park’s more northerly reaches.
  2. Walk-ins aren’t accepted everywhere, so it’s advisable to book ahead.
  3. Not all campsites remain open during the low season, but those that do usually have pitches available.

When to go

As the UK’s least populated park, visitors can enjoy tranquility and seclusion year-round, though the sights and delights of summer still bring their fair share of holidaymakers. Adventurers who aren’t put off by a cold wind will find plenty to explore during the winter season, which begins in October, when wintering birds arrive in the dozens and the remote landscape is blanketed by the occasional falling of snow.

Know before you go

  • Wheelchair-accessible attractions and viewpoints can be found across the park, including the Vindolanda Roman Fort, Walltown Country Park, and Cawfields Dark Sky Discovery Site.
  • Two park visitor centres offer advice, maps, and facilities: Walltown Visitor Centre and The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre, both near Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Payable car parks are available throughout, with the money going into the park’s upkeep. Some free car parks dot the park as well, notably at Lordenshaws Hillfort, Wedder Leap, and Harehaugh Picnic Site.
  • As with all of the UK’s outdoor attractions, the Countryside Code applies.

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