Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site is one of the most charming caravan parks in Northumberland. Found just inside the boundary of Kielder Forest Park and a short drive north from the popular town of Hexham, it is a super spot to spend your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays, within reach of the best of Northumberland.
This campsite is open from 1 March until early January, and offers excellent access to the woodland and open areas that the county is so famous for. The campsite is awarded an AA Gold 5 pennant award and Visit England 5 star camping and caravanning park.
There are a range of grass and hardstanding pitches at Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site, suitable for tents, motorhomes and touring caravans, and it is open to both members and non members of The Camping and Caravanning Club. There are some wooden camping pods too which are perfect if you don't have your own camping unit. Wide open spaces and a children’s play area mean there is a good amount of recreation space for those days when you just want to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of this site. There's also a small path where you can walk your dog. An on-site campers refuge offers a kitchen, TV, log burning stove, drying room and games room for all campers to use.
All the 70 pitches here have electric hook-ups. In terms of amenities, there are toilets, basins, showers, electric shaver sockets and dedicated facilities for disabled guests. There's also a place where you can do your washing up, a chemical toilet disposal point, a motorhome stop-off, washing machines and an ice pack service (deposit for blocks). There's an on-site shop, too, meaning it's easy to stock up on everyday essentials, plus Wi-Fi is available.
If you want to leave your car or motorhome at the site for the day, there's a bus stop right at the entrance which will take you to Hexham, meaning it's easy to get around the local area. And this is a great campsite for those who love walking and cycling, with much to explore in this region on two feet or two wheels.
Close to this campsite is the village of Bellingham, which is well known as a stopping point on the Pennine Way trail, making it very popular with walkers and cyclists.
Pitch here and you're on the edge of Kielder Forest Park, on the English/Scottish border. It's a vast and beautiful region with plenty to do. Here you'll find the biggest man made lakes in northern Europe and, according to the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, the skies here are the darkest in England, making it great for star gazers. Indeed, you can visit Kielder Observatory, which is in the middle of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – events are run throughout the year.
You can also enjoy cycling, mountain biking and horse riding in Kielder Forest Park on your caravan and camping holidays. Or how about sailing, water skiing or canoeing? There's plenty to keep you entertained, before returning to your caravan, motorhome or tent at the end of an exciting day, for a well deserved night's sleep.
Grass pitch with electric hook-up
A well-sheltered site
Drinking water taps
Ice pack freezing
Designated dog walk
indoor recreation building with lounge TV
family wet room
Hard standing pitches drying room and games room.
Our site is in the National park and the largest Gold Tier Dark Sky Park in Europe. You can walk the Pennine Way, canoe on the river, just 10 minutes from site, mountain bike or walk the 27-mile shoreline of the Kielder Water and Forest Park, with its forest art and visitor centres. Take a packed lunch and cycle from site to Dally Castle. Walk the tree tops at Go-Ape, Maften just half an hour's drive away. The coast is just over an hour's drive away, making a lovely day-trip for variety.
For History - Visit Hadrian's Wall, a World Heritage Site, with over half a dozen visitor centres to choose from. Leave the car and catch the bus along the Wall (or join our History Tour in late June, with an expert guide!). Get a little Harry Potter magic at Alnwick Castle and see its famous contemporary Gardens. Call in at the National Trust properties of Cragside (the first house to have hydroelectricity) and the mansion and gardens of Wallington. Other attractions are Belsay Hall (English Heritage) and Chillingham Castle, with its 'wild beasts' (Cattle).
Bellingham is less than a 20-min walk away and offers 3 cafes, 4 pub/hotels, shops (including a Co-Op, bakery, butchers), Chinese take-away excellent children's play area, riverside walking and more!
We had our fisrt camping trip at Brown Rigg, even though the weather was horrendous we had a really good experience. Mark - a worker at the site was very helpful when we had some trouble with our tent during he bad weather. We were all on "tent rescue". All of the staff were friendly and polite. Other campers at the site were also very friendly. Shower/toilet facilities were exemplary, very clean and warm in the poor weather. The site shop sold basic things such as bread, local milk and meat, also fly killer and mosquito deterrents.I would definately recommend this site to friends and family.
Based on 7 review(s)
Tyne and Wear 29 Jul 2014
AWESOME! We love this site. First visit too! Definitely coming back, maybe at Christmas. Lovely hosts and the biggest and best shower cubicles we've ever seen! The planned activities were a winner in our eyes. Kielder Birds of Prey, hog roast (local pub) and pumpkin carving competition were excellent. The site is very well situated for exploring a fair chunk of the North East, with Kielder, Hadrian's Wall and the Tyne Valley within easy driving distances. Not forgetting the lovely town of Bellingham on your doorstep. The on site shop was well stocked, the best we've seen in 5 years of touring, with local produce at the forefront and every day essentials available. The site also has free wifi (well it was when we were there!). In short, you can't go wrong with this club site. Can't wait to go back!
North east 19 May 2014
Excellent most friendly wardens - helpful, and very professional. Nothing was a trouble. Even answered the phone at 9.15 p.m !!!! The shower block was scrupulously clean. We'll maintained and very quiet site.
northumberland 30 May 2013
I visited this site for the first time and found it to be a quite site, the childrens park is in need of a update (2 swings and a rope carousel)no good for young children. I was very disappointed with the customer service at the site, as we wanted to extend our stay and were told that this was ok by one member of staff, the following day we were then told that this was not possible and needed to vacate our pitch by noon, this was at 11.20am, we have a 2year old and a 10 month old baby, if we didn't vacate by this time we would be charged, as people can appreciate this was very difficult, and upsetting. The owners of the site are in need of a customer service course, and therefore I will not be staying at this site in future and would definitely not recommend this site to family and friends.
Property manager response (11 May 2015)
We are sorry you had a poor experience in May 2013. Please note that the site was being sold and we (Johanna and David) took over as new owners of the site in June 2013. We always prioritise customer service and are slowly making improvements to the site. The playground will be improved but needs us to acquire new land which will take a while longer. We have, though, installed new indoor facilities, including a Games Room.
UK 29 Oct 2011
It's always a pleasure arriving at a well maintained camp site and Bellingham is right up there with the best of them. The facilities are pristine 24/7 with spacious showers and privacy cubicles and even piped music to make the experience even more pleasurable. The site is maintained to a very high standard; we stayed for two weeks during the Autumn and there was barely a leaf to be found on the well manicured lawns and the hanging baskets and tubs were freshly planted with winter blooms - not left with the remnants of summer plants as so often happens! The site shop sells all you'll need in terms of day to day necessities - and more (including locally produced Bellingham Campsite Bangers)- but if needs be, the dog-friendly pubs, shops and banks of Bellingham are a short walk away. The owners, Carole and Barry, made us feel very welcome and were a mine of information about the local area and all it has to offer - of which there is plenty. One of those nearby attractions is the Keilder Birds of Prey Centre who were invited to visit the site during our stay and brought along cute little owls, kestrel, falcon and sparrowhawk. They performed a very informative and spectacular flying display for the benefit of the campers, all totally free of charge - as is the site wi-fi incidentally! It's often such attention to detail that makes the difference between a good site and an exceptional one and Bellingham does detail brilliantly. We look forward to our next visits.
Tyne and Wear 31 May 2011
A couple of friends and I, decided to visit this site, and could not have been happier. It was my second visit, and the site was as womderful as I remembered it. We received a warm greeting when arriving on the site, checking in quickly, and were shown to our pitches, in the middle of the site, and advised which way to pitch the tents to get the most of the sun. The toilet block is immaculate, always plenty of toilet roll, plenty sinks and shaving points, 3 large showers, and a stool for each, which I appreciated as I do need to sit down for a shower. The music was a nice touch too, I beleive it was radio 2 that was playing. The shop is what you would expect, well laid out, selling the basics, along with some frozen foods, a tourist information point, with alot of leaflets and helpful staff. The only negative I can say about this site, is during our stay, the wifi was not working, it was not the end of the world, and we had been previously advised it was not operating properly, however they are getting a new wifi system in, which will work alot better. On the last trip I made to this site, I did the hairshaw'lynn walk, which was wonderful, but this time we opted to head to kielder, where we walked a small amount, then got the boat round the water.
west Yorkshire 06 Sep 2010
This is an excellent camping and caravanning club site,large very clean toilet block,well stocked shop,the franchises are very helpfull and can't do enough for you,even when full a nice quiet well kept site shops and pub in walking distance would book again
West of Scotland 13 Jun 2010
An excellent site, which is a credit to the Camping & Caravanning Club - owned by franchises but kept to the expected high standards we expect from club sites Beautifully kept grounds and clean amenities block. Bellingham is a friendly site which would appeal to backpackers to families alike. The site is well situated for access to the local amenities and the wider visitor attractions, especially the Hadrian’s Wall attractions nearby.