Camping Northumberland – the best Northumberland campsites and tips from a local

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Northumberland is hands down one of the best places in the UK to go camping. Gorgeous countryside, coastal areas and an area that has official dark skies area status. Being from the North East, it’s our go to area for our camping trips. Today I’m going to take you through some of the top places to stay depending on your particular needs, whether you want nearly wild camping in Northumberland or Northumberland camp sites at the coast this guide to camping Northumberland will have something for you. If you want to read more of my camping posts don’t forget to come back to my ultimate guide to family camping that contains all of my best camping posts in one place, including my free family camping packing checklist printable.

The best Northumberland Campsites

Nearly wild camping Northumberland/ Free camping in Northumberland

If you are looking for options for ‘nearly’ wild camping in Northumberland (actual wild camping is technically illegal) then check out my post Wild camping Northumberland (7 scenic spots).

Northumberland coastal camping spots

Fancy a campsite at the coast or waking up to sea views? Then my post Camping the Northumberland Coast – the best campsites has some beautiful spots.

A beautiful brown cow with a big fringe

Northumberland Camping and Caravanning sites

If you are a Camping and Caravanning Club member then Northumberland has a great selection of 14 campsites in Northumberland.

  • Dunstan Hill
  • Bellingham
  • Haltwhistle – Brockalee Farm
  • Haltwhistle – Bellister Wood
  • Bramptom
  • Cornhill on Tweed
  • Hexham
  • Wooler
  • Wylam
  • Alnwick
  • Berwick on Tweed
  • Morpeth
  • Rothbury
  • Beadnell Bay

We have stayed at Beadnell Bay Camping and Caravanning Club Site which we’d definitely go back to. It’s right next to the beach and is about a 5-10 minute walk to a bunch of good pubs and restaurants so perfect for popping out on an evening and being able to walk back to your tent.

It’s a well maintained site but because it’s right next to the beach and relatively exposed if the weather turns it can feel very chilly. We would save this one for the best weather to get the most out of it but on a sunny day you can’t really beat it.

A photo from our stay at Beadnell Bay site

Northumberland campsites with pools

I can only find one campsite in Northumberland that has a pool. Riverside At Wooler has a heated indoor swimming pool but it doesn’t accept tents. It does have some ‘camping pods’ and hardstanding tourer pitches, as well as caravans and lodges to hire. It does look like a good site though with a play area, lounge bar, restaurant and takeaway, shop and launderette and on site fishing.

Northumberland farm campsites

Christmas Farm, Longframlington

Christmas Farm, is a small organically certified family farm in the heart of Northumberland. They produce rare breed organically reared meat and eggs together with a range of fruit and vegetables.

Christmas Farm offers a field with glorious views of the countryside for a wild camping experience. For many people the view, fresh water, a compost toilet and unlimited firewood are all they need to get back to basics, unwind and recharge.

Camping on Christmas Farm costs just £15.00 a night based on two adults camping. Children under 12 stay for free. 

A campsite with 3 cars and tents

Ravenscleugh Farm, Elsdon

Ravenscleugh Farm in Northumberland has a farmhouse that offers bed and breakfast and you can also book to private camp there. With private camping you will have private access to the bathroom and shower downstairs in the house and access to the wild swimming pond as part of your stay.

They also have a wild camping valley – 200 yards from the house so you will need to carry everything you need.  There is a beautiful burn running through the valley and you will feel totally at ease and relaxed here with the only disturbances being the otters travelling up and down the burn and curlews overhead.

This one is definitely on my hit list to try sometime, it looks idilic.

Doxford Farm Camping, Bamburgh

Set amidst 500 acres of working farmland – Doxford Farm Camping ensures that campers and glampers have the opportunity to relax, enjoy and explore all Northumberland has to offer.

As the campsite is at the heart of the farm there is always something going on to watch, like lambs in the fields. Gaze up at the stars above, light a campfire or enjoy the seaside nearby.

With over 5 miles of farm walks which include woodland, field and lakeside – there is plenty to do and see without even needing to step foot in a car.

Only 4 miles from the nearest beach and 6 miles from Alnwick, you’re in pole position here. Bamburgh Castle and Seahouses are a 15 minute drive.

Solar powered panels can be hired to provide a little electricity to charge items such as phones, small speakers etc. Batteries, ice, logs and overnight briquettes can also be purchased along with marshmallow toasting kits. 

This site has fresh cold running water and loos but DOES NOT have electric or shower facilities.

Sunset at Beadnell Bay campsite

Campsites near Northumberland National Park

If you are more of a country then a coast camper then heading inland towards Northumberland National Park gives you some of the most stunning countryside in England. Here you will also have Kielder Forest and Water on your doorstep.

Campsites near Hadrian’s Wall and Tyne Valley

  • Haltwhistle Camping & Caravanning Site – Pitch in a lovely clearing in the forests of Northumberland, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and European Geopark.
  • Herding Hill Farm – Award-winning 5-star glamping, camping, touring and luxury lodge with outdoor hot tubs, just 1 mile from Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, North East England. Tents welcome. Family and dog friendly. Dark Skies campsite with spectacular stargazing, low noise site.
  • Hadrian’s Wall Campsite – stunning views of the landscape with hardstanding and grass pitches on several levels, most of which have access to electric hook up. Facilities include a centrally heated shower and toilet block including a washing up area, laundry/drying room and fridge/freezer for your use. 
  • Winshields Campsite – A Traditional Campsite with Bunkbarn in a converted stone farm building. Close to Hadrians Wall Path and the Pennine Way at TwiceBrewed. Hadrians Cycleway and the Pennine Cycleway are closeby. Ideal location for walkers and cyclists
  • Stonehaugh Campsite – Environmentally friendly with a wind turbine on site providing power to the site, and the water heated by solar panels. The campsite is set on the edge of the Wark forest, and has been in existence in one form or another since the 1950s. Rated as a 3 star camping and touring park by ‘Visit England’.
  • Greencarts Campsite and Bunkhouse – Greencarts Farm is a working farm situated in the beautiful Tyne Valley. They have a large campsite, a bunkhouse and also a camping barn all with beautiful views on the Northumberland countryside. The farm sits almost on top of Hadrian’s Wall.

North Tyne & Redesdale campsites

  • Bellingham Camping and Caravanning site – Located in the Northumberland National Park and Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – considered to be the most tranquil place in the UK. This is a level, well maintained campsite with modern facilities including a shop, short dog walk, children’s play area, warm indoor social space, kitchen, drying room, family wet room and games room.
  • Demesne Farm Campsite and Bunkhouse – A flat, sheltered camp site is the ideal location for both tents and touring caravans with purpose-built toilet and shower blocks on site. The campsite is open May to October. The campsite and Granary cottage are only a short journey from the many activities on offer at Kielder Water and the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall.
  • The Boe Rigg – We’ve camped at the Boe Rigg campsite in Bellingham and would recommend it. You can read our extensive review of it here – The Boe Rigg campsite review – 2 nights camping at Bellingham, Northumberland. The review also includes what we got up to in the area during our stay.
  • Kielder Campsite – A rustic, three star, independent site. Situated in a remote and quiet part of Northumberland. Dark sky friendly with no mobile signal and lots of space to relax. Perfect if you want to visit Kielder Water and Forest where there is so much to do and see.

Cheviots campsites

  • River Breamish Caravan and Motorhome Club Site – River Breamish Club Campsite in Alnwick is set amid the Cheviot Hills, with excellent walking and cycling in the scenically beautiful surroundings to keep the active holiday maker happy. Walk from the caravan site into the delightful Breamish Valley where many remains from the Neolithic and Bronze Age, including hill forts and medieval villages can be seen. It is an easy walk into the quaint little village of Powburn.
  • Highburn House Caravan Park – Highburn House offers spacious plots for touring caravans and campers with or without electric hook-ups. The areas are partly bordered by trees with panoramic views over the surrounding Northumbrian Countryside. The park is perfect for families. Only a 1/4 mile walk from the main shopping area in the market town of Wooler which has everything from local foods to home made pottery. You will also find many local pubs offering excellent local food.
Little girl playing with bubbles at sunset

Best quiet Northumberland campsites

Nunnykirk Caravan Club Site – Peace and tranquillity reign at the Nunnykirk Club Campsite, making it a haven for wildlife and a bird watchers dream come true. One review of Nunnykirk said ‘This is an amazing site for peace and quiet. The atmosphere of the site is second to none and just what I needed. The wardens are there for any little thing‘.

I asked in some local camping facebook groups I’m in (Caravan and Camping North East and Caravan and Camping Tyne and Wear) for personal recommendations for which Northumberland campsites are the quietest and most chilled and here’s what people said:

  • Budle Bay
  • Dunstan
  • Warren Hill, Bamburgh
  • South Meadows, Belford
  • Annstead Farm Holiday Accomodation
  • River Breamish, Powburn
  • Walkmill Campsite
  • Riverside, Wooler
  • Seafield, Seahouses
  • Paxton House, Berwick came highly recommended as a quiet site with nice walks and a pub up the road.

Campsites near Holy Island and Lindisfarne

Everyone should visit Holy Island and Lindisfarne at least once. You can not stay overnight on the Island though as the Bylaws restrict it.

The nearest campsite to the Island is the Barn at Beal, which is about 4 miles from the Island on the mainland side. It is open year-round, except for a few days during the Christmas/New Year period and has electric hook-up points for 16 Caravans/Campervans as well as 10 tent pitches with electric points. Dogs are welcome. No bonfires or campfires are allowed.

This campsite has beautiful views across the causeway to Holy Island, and benefits from the adjacent restaurant and coffee-bar, which serves great food (booking recommended).

If you are wanting to camp in this area and like music festivals you might want to check out the Lindisfarne festival which takes place each end of August/early September here.

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