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General

Glamp it up in the comfy camping pods at Hillcrest Park, ideal for those who want to escape to the country without straying too far off the beaten track. This tranquil six-acre site in the grounds of a former farm is encircled by pastoral panoramas, yet it’s very close to the delightful market towns of Barnard Castle and Richmond, and only a ten-minute drive from the trans-pennine A66.

The well-insulated, heated pods offer all the joys of camping without any worries about what the weather might do, and the essential amenities on site are good: cosy, clean showers and loos, laundry and dishwashing, a large exercise area for dogs, plus a small campers' kitchen in the dishwashing room with fridge, kettle, toaster, microwave and hob, plus there's wifi on site for guests to use. The helpful owners will even arrange for little essentials, given a bit of notice.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • Caldwell Richmond, North Yorkshire, England, DL11 7UD
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.5337°N 1.7692°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Barnard Castle: Galgate Coach Stop — 6.3 miles
Scotch Corner Services A1: Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
Darlington: Feethams opp Town Hall Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
Train stations
Shildon Rail Station — 8.3 miles
North Road Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Heighington Rail Station — 8.7 miles
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 22.0 miles
Transporter Bridge North Side — 22.1 miles
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 13.6 miles

Directions


From A1(M), north or south, take the A66 Westbound at Scotch Corner. Travel 2 miles and take right turn onto B6274 signposted 'Winston'. Go through Caldwell Village, then continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left-hand side.

If travelling South from Scotland on M6, take A66 East at Penrith, J40. Head towards Scotch Corner and take B6274 signposted ‘Winston’. Go through Caldwell Village, then continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left-hand side.

If travelling North on the M6, at J38 take the A685 to Brough. From Brough, take A66 Eastbound towards Scotch Corner and take B6274 signposted to Winston and Staindrop. Go through Caldwell Village, then continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left-hand side.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Visitors may be surprised at just how many interesting places are crammed into this northern corner of the Yorkshire Dales. For a start there’s Raby Castle, which you can see from Hillcrest; it’s one of the greatest medieval piles in the country and its also home to a 200-acre deer park. Just half an hour's drive further up the dale towards Middleton, you'll reach the spectacular foaming cascades of High Force waterfall, which is owned by the Raby Estate. Then there’s the world-beating art collection at the Bowes Museum, housed within a grandiose faux château in Barnard Castle, the ancient capital of Teesdale (seven miles away from Hillcrest).

The ever-popular Hamsterley Forest (just a 20-minute drive from the site) will keep active types busy with its many mountain bike tracks and woodland walks. For those who prefer to take to the water, the site is only a quarter of a mile from the River Tees where you can enjoy kayaking and canoeing.

Venturing a bit further afield, holidaymakers can reach Head of Steam (the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum) to inspect George Stephenson’s Locomotion No. 1, the first steam train to take paying passengers; and the fascinating open air museum at Beamish, which transports visitors back to daily life in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times via its living exhibits - take a ride around the village on a vintage tram, talk to the inhabitants of the historic buildings preserved with original contents, or see what it’s really like going down the mines...

Teesdale is one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with glorious walking and cycling on the various National Cycle Network routes in close proximity (a night in a pod at Hillcrest makes a perfect stopover for those following the cross-country Walney to Whitby route).

Last but not least, the site is surrounded by villages with good food pubs - there are three around a mile away.

Must see

  • The Bowes Museum (5.9 miles)
  • Barnard Castle (6.3 miles)
  • Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon (8.2 miles)

National Trust

  • Moulton Hall (9.1 miles)
  • Braithwaite Hall (18.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Additional terms

1) Pods are available from 2pm on date of arrival until 11am on date of departure, unless by prior agreement with us.

2) Tranquillity is a major attraction of the site therefore we kindly request that noise levels are reasonable, and absolute quiet after midnight. Loud music is not allowed at any time.

3) Smoking, cooking, open fires and barbecues are not allowed inside the pods. No hot items should be placed on the timber decking.

4) The pods are for family use only, not for groups of under 25s, or party groups.

5) We ask that visitors leave the pods reasonably clean and tidy and agree to pay for any damages, breakages or any unusual cleaning required.

6) Mobile phone chargers, laptops and travel kettles do work in the pods, but domestic appliances don't. Please check with us first.

7) Dogs should be kept under control at all times and, out of consideration for other site users, dog dirt must be cleared from both the site and the field.

8) Ball games should be kept to the pod field. Or the large field - but be aware this is also a dog walking area, with associated perils!

9) Only one car per pod, unless by prior agreement with us or you choose the extra.

10) For fire safety reasons, we need to know how many people are on site so if you are expecting visitors, please notify us beforehand.

11) The site bins are only for waste generated on site.

12) Please familiarise yourself with the fire safety installations around the site, in case of the unlikely event of a fire.

13) Finally, we reserve the right to ask any guests to leave if we believe their conduct is not in the spirit of the site rules.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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