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Border Forest Caravan Park

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Dakota our Mediterranean miniature donkey

General

  • Dog-friendly park with direct access to Kielder Forest and Pennine Way
  • Many animals including pigs and ponies to meet on site
  • Modern and well-kept amenities with free hot water

If you have a canine adventurer, prepare to bring them here. A barkingly high amount of woofsome walkies are available in the area surrounding Otterburn's dog-friendly Border Forest Caravan Park, for it has direct access from its bridge over the burn to the mighty Kielder Forest and the Pennine Way. Collar a stay here forthwith.

As you might reckon from a park so firmly animal friendly, quite a menagerie is on site too: come here to meet the three Kunekune pigs Rita, Bubble and Squeak; Bertie the Labradoodle and Marmite the Giant Schnauzer; Shetland ponies Ant and Dec (they're quite tiny); Dakota the donkey, and Blanche and her chick friends.

And as you also might reckon from all this, its location and its amicable, quiet and family-friendly feel, Border Forest Caravan Park is a popular place for Northumberland stays. Its amenities are cleanly kept and include modern ladies' and gents' showers with free hot water, and toilets, washing-up facilities and a fridge in the park's centre. It's worth noting that from time to time during the summer months pesky midges make an appearance so it's worth packing your repellants.

As Border Forest is a quiet park, there's no shop or club on site, but a small supermarket is a short drive away. Local village Otterburn has a café, pubs, shops and a tourist information centre.

Please note that arrival times are strictly enforced here, so you'll need to check the site's policies to make sure you don't turn up to find the gates locked.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

This is a very quiet family-run park - there is no shop or club on site.

No single-sex parties or under 25s accepted via Pitchup.com.

The shower/toilet block at the top of the park (a three-minute walk from the touring pitches) is open all year round.


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9.3

Overall rating based on 88 reviews

 

95% would recommend this site to a friend.

95% would stay here again.

 

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Excellent site for our perfect down time. 14/03/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lesley W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly and helpful site owners. The site was very clean and quiet well laid out and maintained. It was in a lovely location with nice walks all around. No club or entertainment laid on, but we did not want that so did not affect our time. Not very much broadband but we still managed connection to internet on our phones if we wanted it so again no complaints there!!
    Will defiantly return.

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Excellent friendly site 01/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Abigail S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly family owned, the pet pigs, scenery, quiet , dog friendly , good dog walk just out of site, stunning location

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Superb site for peace and tranquility 08/11/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alison B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Everything. The staff, the setting, the tranquility. It is a lovely spot and we will definitely come back

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon:)

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Will return 28/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Michael F. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Easy to book, friendly and informative on arrival .good size pitches,good clean facilities, plenty of walks off site

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Hi and thanks for your review. We are so lucky to be surrounded by fantastic walks and we are glad you were able to enjoy them :)

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Great site ***** 23/10/2018

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  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Super friendly owners, super clean site and fab woodlands.

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Hello and thank you so much for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay :)

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Everything 22/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jan C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Everything

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Hello and thank you for your review,we hope to see you again:)

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The staff were so friendly, pod was lovely and clean. ... 10/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Eiylish P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod
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  • Liked: 

    The staff were so friendly, pod was lovely and clean. There is a lovely bridge and walk. Perfect for a nice relaxing night away.

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Hello and thank you for your review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again :)

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Excellent site with clean facilities, friendly staff and level pitches 01/10/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Steve B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic location dog friendly loads of walks nearby
    Good facilities and helpful staff

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Hello and thanks for your review. We are so lucky to have such wonderful walks directly off our park and we are pleased you were able to make the most of your time here. We hope to see you again ;)

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Nice small and friendly 25/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom alex a. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
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    Nice small and friendly

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Hi and thanks for the review :)

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Very friendly staff and good facilities 22/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stephen H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Quiet site and good facilities

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Hello and thanks for your review. We hope to see you again :)

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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

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Hard standings

Seasonal pitches

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • Cottonshopeburnfoot, Otterburn, Northumberland, England, NE19 1TF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 55.3062°N 2.3488°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Cottonshopeburn: nr Forest Drive Coach Stop — 0.1 miles
Byrness (Northumberland) Coach Stop — 1.3 miles
Catcleugh (Northumberland): Coach Stop — 2.3 miles
Train stations
Bardon Mill Rail Station — 22.9 miles
Haydon Bridge Rail Station — 23.2 miles
Haltwhistle Rail Station — 23.8 miles
Ferry ports
Belvedere Ferry Landing — 10.0 miles
Tower Knowe Ferry Landing — 10.3 miles
Leaplish Ferry Landing — 11.2 miles
Airports
Newcastle International Airport — 31.4 miles

Directions


From Newcastle head towards Newcastle Airport on A696, following directions to Jedburgh all the time (the A696 becomes the A68). Pass through Otterburn and the small hamlet of Rochester, and Border Forest is four miles further on the left hand side, 300 yards after Forest Drive.

From Scotland we are five miles south of the border on the A68 on the right-hand side, one mile after Byrness Village.

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

Kielder Forest is indeed mighty: this is the biggest human-made woodland in England and covers 250 acres. Roe deer roam here, many an archaeological feature and Site of Special Scientific Interest can be found, and the forest is also home to Kielder Castle, piles of walking and cycling trails, and Kielder Observatory (this is top stargazing territory too).

Also in the forest, mosey along to the reservoir Kielder Water and Leaplish Waterside Park to hire fishing and pleasure boats, hide in the red squirrel hide, walk on water or try other activities like archery, crossbows, sea scooters or gymnastics.

Within an hour's drive of the site are famed Northumberland and Scottish Borders attractions like the budget-friendly Jedforest farm and animal park with native and exotic species and Mary Queen of Scots' House, both at Jedburgh; Alnwick Castle and Hadrian's Wall (both also rather mighty); nineteenth century Cragside House, and the first-class Holy Island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast. Clay pigeon shooting is also available locally.

Must see

  • Cragside House, Gardens and Estate (18.2 miles)
  • Housesteads Roman Fort (20.3 miles)
  • Chesters Roman Fort (20.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Cragside (18.0 miles)
  • Wallington (18.7 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Check-in times in low season (1 November to 31 March): 2pm to 7pm
Reception and barrier will close at 7pm.

Check-in times in mid and high season (1 April to 31 October): 2pm to 8pm
Reception and barrier will close at 8pm.

Check-out by 12pm all year round.

Border Forest Caravan Park cancellation policy

Pods: no refunds within 12 days of arrival.
Camping: no refunds within 7 days of arrivals.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Border Forest Caravan Park will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £25.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £25.00 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of £25.00 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Shared kitchen facilities at the bottom of the park are closed between the end of November and the end of March due to freezing temperatures.

The shower/toilet block at the top of the park (a three-minute walk from the touring pitches) is open all year round.

Low season (1 Nov to 31 March) check-in strictly between 2pm and 7pm. The site reception and barrier close at 7pm.

High season (1 April to 31 October) check-in strictly between 2pm-8pm. The site reception and barrier close at 8pm.

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