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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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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Barnard Castle: Galgate Coach Stop — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Scotch Corner Services A1: Coach Stop — 7.5 miles
7.5 miles Darlington: Feethams opp Town Hall Coach Stop — 8.7 miles
- Train stations
Shildon Rail Station — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles North Road Rail Station — 8.7 miles
8.7 miles Heighington Rail Station — 8.7 miles
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 22.0 miles
22.0 miles Transporter Bridge North Side — 22.1 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 13.6 miles
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.
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.
- The Bowes Museum (5.9 miles)
- Barnard Castle (6.3 miles)
- Locomotion:The National Railway Museum at Shildon (8.2 miles)
- Moulton Hall (9.1 miles)
- Braithwaite Hall (18.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.