Bolam Lake Camping Paddock

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Visitor image of the peaceful paddock & lovely views (added by manager 11 Oct 2022)
Visitor image of the beautiful rainbow over the site (added by manager 11 oct 2022)
Green surroundings (added by manager 27 jun 2021)
Aerial view over the site (added by manager 27 jun 2021)

  • Dog-friendly wild camping site opposite Bolam Lake Country Park
  • A 25-minute drive from Hadrian’s Wall; 40 minutes from the coast
  • Barbecues permitted; walking/cycling routes and a food shop nearby
Wake up in peaceful paddocks surrounded by the Northumberland countryside and finish off the day with a lakeside walk. Bolam Lake Camping Paddock is a dog-friendly wild camping site opposite Bolam Lake Country Park, so head out in search of birds, picnic on the shores or grab a homemade scone from the café and visitor centre as you please. These paddock pitches are enclosed in a peaceful area next to a woodland where it’s pretty sheltered, and they have rather scenic views of the surrounding farmland. Still, while it may be pretty nicely tucked away, there’s still much to do out and about. Belsay, a scenic village with a small shop and café, is 45 minutes’ walk away (or a five-minute drive) and Ponteland is another spot with a selection of local shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants and takeaways. Of course, there’s Hadrian’s Wall too (Heddon-on-the-Wall is 25 minutes’ drive away). The splendid Northumberland coast is 40 minutes’ drive away, and to the north, the Scottish border is within reach too if you’re looking to cross into different territories. As for walking, well, there's certainly no shortage of trails around, including several routes that depart from the site. When you feel like mixing things up with a cycle instead, there are routes for both beginners and pros surrounding the site too. Wherever you end up during the day, you’ll likely want to make sure you’re back in time for sunset, as there are lots of ways to unwind – perhaps with a walk around the lake or knocking back a few burgers with a barbecue.

Site type

Tent pitches 6
Motorhome pitches 2
Open now
Please note
  • This site has no on-site shower facilities.
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
  • Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 29 Mar to

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Very lovely and quiet place. Close to nature. Owners are very kind…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Very lovely and quiet place. Close to nature. Owners are very kind and helpful. Definitely will come back.

Disliked: Nothing to dislike.

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Perfect little weekend

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass campervan pitch

Liked: Absolutely loved this place. Everything was brilliant. Dave and jill could not do enough for us, they’re such a lovely,friendly couple. This lovely little find sits right opposite Bolam lake which is stunning and great for walking our little dog. There’s also a cafe here that sells snacks, pop and simple meals which was also spot on!

Disliked: Nothing to dislike. Can’t wait to return

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From the manager: Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and we are so pleased that your enjoyed your stay at our little campsite. We are in the heart of the countryside but we are lucky to have some great pubs and coffee shops nearby. The cafe at Bolam Lake Country Park is great and less than a 5 minute walk from the campsite so perfect to call in for drinks and treats if you are walking at the lake. Thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon.

A friendly camping experience close, but not too close to home.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Incredibly welcoming and friendly hosts, clean and well appointed dishwashing / water / loo facilities. Nice location, an easy familiar drive from Newcastle, yet a true sense of being in the country.

Disliked: I had to return to the world afterwards!

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From the manager: Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and we are so pleased that enjoyed your stay with us. Lots of our guests are relatively local and live within an hour travelling distance from the campsite - they too enjoy finishing work, packing the essentials and heading off to the countryside for an evening of peace and relaxation. It was great to meet you and we hope that you visit again in the future. Thank you

Level ground, peaceful, wildlife, stunning views

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation No rating
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Toni D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: What an amazing place. David and Jill both lovely and would do absolutely anything for you. The area is nice peaceful and very clean. Toilets checked morning and night, and have replacement toilet rolls etc inside. Sink area has washing liquid provided and also has a mains water tap. We only stayed for the 1 night just so we could pitch our new tent but wish we had stayed an extra night.

Disliked: Cannot fault anything

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From the manager: Thanks so much for sharing your feedback - your comments are so helpful to other families who may be planning a camping trip. We are a Wanderlust campsite and offer our guests the simple camping experience but it's really important to us that our guests have everything they need and have access to clean facilities, spacious pitches and our help if needed. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you again in the future.

Superb picturesque campsite

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Everything about it! Great friendly hosts, wonderful location!

Disliked: Nothing!

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From the manager: Thanks so much for sharing your feedback and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We are luck to live in this beautiful part of Northumberland and we are so pleased that you like it too. Thanks for staying with us and we hope that you visit again soon.

Excellent camp site

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 4
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Excellent location - we like peace & quiet which it certainly was - lots of lovely walks around and spectacular views. Dave and Gill (the owners) were so very helpful, friendly and informative.

Disliked: Need to drive to eat out - but we barbecued anyhow

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From the manager: Thanks so much for your lovely feedback and we really appreciate your positive comments and all of the helpful information. The rural location of our campsite does mean that you have to drive if you prefer to eat out but we do have some lovely country pubs and good coffee shops close by. We include lots of information about local amenities in our guest information pack which we send out to all guests prior to their stay and we are always around to give advice if you are looking for somewhere great to eat or visit. Thanks for staying with us and we hope that you visit again soon. Great photos too! :)

I don't want to shout too much about this site as I…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Karon B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass campervan pitch

Liked: I don't want to shout too much about this site as I want to keep it all to myself! We had the best time - fabulous views, great location, owners where fantastic nothing was too bother. Facilities are basic but immaculate -this is a proper camping site back to basics, arrive, set up and chill. Will definately be using again and again as our bolthole weekend escape more often. Our doggie loved the early morning walks around Bolam lake (we had all to ourselves) and although i've had many day trips to bolam lake I hadn't realised it had so many paths leading off to hidden spots and views, great for kids too, stacks of places to play and build dens etc. Thank you David and Jill and keep this up its fabulous.

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From the manager: Thanks so much for your very kind and informative feedback. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to live in this lovely area and we love sharing it with our guests too. Bolam Lake is beautiful and there are lots of lovely walks from the campsite - it's a great base to visit the coast and surrounding countryside too. Thanks so much and we hope that you stay with us again very soon.

Lovely site, will be back!

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 6
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass campervan pitch

Liked: The owners were helpful and friendly. The pitches were well laid out and toilets were clean and tidy.

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From the manager: Thanks so much for sharing your feedback - it's so helpful to us and other campers who are planning a camping trip in Northumberland. We are a Wanderlust campsite so we offer simple camping in a beautiful location but it's important to us that our guests have spacious pitches and very clean facilities. Thanks so much and we hope that you stay with us again very soon.

Clean, beautiful area and David and Jill always take great care of…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Clean, beautiful area and David and Jill always take great care of us.

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From the manager: Thanks so much for your feedback. It was great to see you again and we are pleased that it was warm and sunny for your camping trip. We hope that you visit again in the future. Best wishes and thank you.

A nice quiet site the owners are so lovely offering any help…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Joanne M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: A nice quiet site the owners are so lovely offering any help needed and making sure your stay is lovely. This was my second stay and already booked again. With other booking to be made for the summer. Thank you David and Julie

Disliked: Nothing at all

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From the manager: Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback as we really appreciate it. We love it when guests stay with us again - we are always on hand to help and it's important to us that our guests are comfortable and have everything they need so that they can just relax and enjoy the countryside. Thank you and we hope to see you very soon.


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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Wild camping

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Location

Bolam Lake Camping Paddock

Belsay

Northumberland

England

NE20 0HE

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

55.1332°N
-1.8688°W

Nearest transport

Coach
2.4 mi The Arcade
2.4 mi The Arcade
3.1 mi Road end
Rail
7.6 mi Morpeth Rail Station
9.2 mi Newcastle Airport Metro
9.4 mi Pegswood Rail Station
Ferry
19.1 mi North Shields Ferry Terminal
19.3 mi Newcastle International Ferry Terminal
19.4 mi South Shields Ferry Terminal
Airport
9.2 mi Newcastle International Airport

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

Want to feel like lord or lady for an afternoon? Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens (10 minutes' drive) should soon ignite that fantasy. The medieval castle and gardens are one of a couple of historic properties around. The National Trust’s Wallington (10 minutes) has cycle hire so that visitors can take in views of the historical house the traditional way. Hikes-wise, Shaftoe Crags (10 minutes) has a circular walk with plenty of bouldering spots along the way. Hike along the historic Hadrian’s Wall to Housesteads Roman Fort (40 minutes) too. For beach time, Blyth and Cresswell are both excellent sandy options, and both about 40 minutes away – the former has beach huts while the latter has sand dunes. Those with kids are likely to be keeping their eyes peeled for easy entertainment options too. Very handily, Whitehouse Farm Centre (20 minutes) runs animal feeding sessions as well as things like tractor rides, and Go Ape Matfen (25 minutes) has a treetop assault course for the extra brave. Newcastle upon Tyne city centre (half an hour) has plenty of family-friendly attractions to add to that.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Newbiggin South 14.3 mi Sea N/A Good Excellent Excellent
Newbiggin North 14.6 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Good
Blyth South Beach 14.8 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Druridge Bay South 14.8 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent
Seaton Sluice 15.8 mi Sea N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens 2.2 mi

George Stephenson's Birthplace 10.9 mi

Prudhoe Castle 11.6 mi

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate 12.5 mi

Chesters Roman Fort 12.9 mi

National Trust

Wallington 3.8 mi

Cherryburn 12.1 mi

Cragside 12.8 mi

Seaton Delaval Hall 15.1 mi

Holy Jesus Hospital 15.2 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

Bolam Lake - Shaftoe Craggs circular 0.1 mi

BELSAY HALL 2.3 mi

Hartburn Circular 2.8 mi

CAPHEATON 3.2 mi

WALLINGTON 3.7 mi

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.

Nearest sites

Unfortunately, we have no nearby bookable sites.

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  • Does Bolam Lake Camping Paddock have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Bolam Lake Camping Paddock dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Bolam Lake Camping Paddock? Want to feel like lord or lady for an afternoon? Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens (10 minutes' drive) should soon ignite that fantasy. The medieval castle and gardens are one of a … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Bolam Lake Camping Paddock?
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    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Bolam Lake Camping Paddock? From £25 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.