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- A cute wee campsite with only 8 pitches
Moat Vale campsite is a 10 acre small-holding virtually on the Scottish/English border of Cumbria ; the latter represents the so called debatable lands (they were formerly in question to which it belonged when they were distinct kingdoms). It's a small Camping & Caravanning Club Certificated site within the wooded landscape of Netherby and it is located 12 miles from Carlisle and 7 miles from Gretna Green. There is a very relaxed atmosphere in general and the owners try very hard to make all guest feel at home on their caravan site. This place can be a very handy and peaceful overnight stop if you’re heading further north from further south and vice versa.
Moat Vale amenities include toilets and washroom with free hot showers, a washing up shelter with solar hot water, a chemical disposal point, an under cover bike storage, a camp cooking area and a barbecue area but also recycling facilities. The land is divided into 4 fields and in winter of 2012 the owners planted up a new woodland in one of the fields with sheep grazing and meadow grass in the others. They keep laying and meat hens, and grow as much of their own vegetables and fruits in their vegetable garden and polytunnel.
If you choose to stay there for a small or bigger break, you'll have the opportunity to see all the goings on of the seasons such as lambing, clipping, hay-making, weeding, harvesting and egg collecting. The team here will gladly lend you some gardening tools if you’re missing your garden. You are welcome to walk through the pasture, meadow and newly planted woodland . Dogs are more than welcomed at Moat Vale so bring yours as Fido can be exercised off the lead in fields without sheep.
You won't feel cooped up on the campsite as there is plenty of room in the field, ideal for ball games and a great place for wee bairns to run around.
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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
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Canonbie: Cross Keys Coach Stop — 1.9 miles
1.9 miles Longtown (Cumbria) Graham Arms Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
3.6 miles Langholm Coach Stop — 7.3 miles
- Train stations
Gretna Green Rail Station — 6.6 miles
6.6 miles Carlisle Rail Station — 11.3 miles
11.3 miles Brampton (Cumbria) Rail Station — 12.2 miles
- Ferry ports
Leaplish Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
17.9 miles Belvedere Ferry Landing — 19.4 miles
19.4 miles Tower Knowe Ferry Landing — 19.8 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 48.3 miles
From J44 on the M6: take Longtown (A7) turning, heading through the main street in Longtown , take a right at the Spar shop (signed Netherby / Penton). Continue for 3 miles and Moat Vale is the first house at the 30 MPH / Kirkandrews Moat Village sign
There's no chance for you to get bored when staying around this area as there are so many activities for all for all tastes and for all budgets.
History enthusiasts can learn plenty about Cumbria's past in the Debatable Lands, the area was once a wild and dangerous place where the infamous Border Reivers warred for 350 years. Before that, the area was once bursting with Roman activity. Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum, interpretation centres at Newcastleton and Bewcastle and other sites nearby, including the world famous Hadrian’s Wall all tell the story of this rich past by vividly bringing it to life. Around the parishes you'll discover the ruins of mediaeval summer shielings up in the moors but you'll also have the opportunity to explore the remains of the peel houses, once occupied by the clans.
At the Bewcastle Church Exhibition Centre located beside the church, guests can enjoy an exhibition explaining the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present day. The church also has information leaflets and souvenirs for sale.
Fishing on the Netherby, Canonbie, Langholm, Newcastleton and Gilnockie Tower beats of the Border Esk and River Liddle, is available. The Border Esk is one of the best sea trout rivers in southern Scotland with much of the fishing available to both local and visiting anglers on a day, weekly or season permit.
Attention all golf lovers! there are enough courses in and around Carlisle, to play a different course every day of the week : Carlisle Golf Club, Stoneyholme, Swifts, Eden Golf Club, Brampton Golf Club and Gretna Golf Club. For the more adventurous who like unusual places, there's the Newcastleton Golf Club. The venue celebrated its centenary in 1994 and is one of the oldest clubs in Scotland with a panoramic view that will leave you speechless. The remoteness means you will find no queues for tee times. Once you get to the 4th hole it is the best view in the whole of Liddelsdale.
There's so much more to do in the area that we would spend the day and lack of space if we tried to write everything here, but know that there's never a dull moment here with a host of other activities such as cycling, walking, swimming, arts and crafts, horse riding...
- World Famous Old Blacksmith's Shop Centre (6.4 miles)
- Carlisle Castle (10.9 miles)
- Birdoswald Roman Fort (13.5 miles)
- Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort (24.2 miles)
- Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (24.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.