Dunstan Hill Camping and Caravanning Club Site is one of the most popular caravan parks in Northumberland. Found north of Alnwick a short distance from the A1, this park offers easy access to the Northumberland coastline and the historic ruins and sites that can be found across the local area.
The park itself is open from late March until early November, welcoming motorhomes and touring vehicles as well as car owners who wish to bring their tent along. Fully serviced pitches including electricity supply is available, while laundry and other facilities are easily accessed from whichever area of the park you are pitched in. You can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi access across the park, which is child and pet friendly with a play area and acres of open spaces, both inside the park and the surrounding area, for them to explore with you.
Northumberland is renowned for being one of the most tranquil locations in the United Kingdom, which makes the experience of exploring Roman and Anglo-Saxon ruins that tell a story of the battles and wars that happened here all the more thrilling. The natural place to start is along the coastline, where you’ll find not only great pieces of history but also beautiful beaches, friendly and welcoming villages, and opportunities for golf and fishing if they are passions of yours.
If the legendary North Sea breeze proves to be too cold for you, then fear not, as there are plenty of great things to do inland, too. Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park are both filled with opportunities that adults and children will love, whether walking nature trails, cycling, tree climbing, or embracing activities such as gorge walking.
The towns of Northumberland should also be explored during your stay, with Alnwick in particular a beautiful place, with the famous Alnwick Garden a great day out. If you want to travel further, then you can be in the middle of Edinburgh after a little more than an hour’s drive, a fantastic city that has one of the best zoos in the United Kingdom.
Whatever you decide to do, you are certain never to be bored during your stay at Dunstan Hill. Whether you want to escape from the real world and just relax in peaceful surroundings, or take the opportunity to get out an explore a part of the country you’ve never visited before, there will always be something to appeal for adults, children, and even pets!
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The lovely beaches of the North Northumberland Heritage Coast area a few minutes’ walk from the site, and Embleton Bay offers views to Dunstanburgh Castle. Other castles nearby include Bamburgh, which traces its royal heritage back to the 7th century; and Alnwick, now best known for its role as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
Fans of horticulture will enjoy a visit to Alnwick Garden, home to a giant holly serpent and some of the world’s most poisonous plants; animal lovers should head for the Farne Islands. Here you can see a seal colony and bird breeding colonies (including puffins) in early summer (boats leave from Seahouses).
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Tyne and Wear 08 May 2015
I'd heard so much about this site for a couple of seasons now as my sister, husband and their dog go there regularly during the off-peak periods for a little peace and quiet, and I was chomping at the bit to give it a go.
Now I know that visiting on a Bank Holiday weekend in May wouldn't be as quiet as described above, but the site is nicely spaced out so you never seem to be walking on heads. There was still plenty of room for Miss CK to run around and play in the park.
The site has two toilet blocks, and with them both being recently refurbished, they were spotless. I could still smell the fresh paint in the one we used. There was not a queue to be seen in the gents and I think Mrs CK only seen a small queue for the toilets in the ladies, again adding to the not-walking-on-heads feel.
From arrival I was greeted with a number of friendly staff, and after taking payment I was shown to my pitch (you could choose from a map of remaining places and then were guided there). Since it was our first trip there and I was flying solo at the time I was given a talk on where the facilities, water points and the chemical toilet disposal area were situated (or the big three as I call them!) I was offered help to unhitch and move the van into position, but we have a mover so there wasn't any need but it was nice to be presented with the generosity.
Once I had most of the set up completed the rest of the CK family arrived and we unloaded the stuff from our cars and made ourselves at home.
On the Saturday we travelled to Warkworth Castle for a Medieval Weekend that was being held, which was our main reason for heading up to Dunstan Hill, even though we could have done it in an hour from our house, but where's the fun in that? The weather was sunny, but with a biting wind coming off the North Sea it was cooler than it looked, a good day was had by all.
The Sunday was a really bad weather day! For that we drove to Seahouses for a fish and chip lunch and then dropped back down to Craster for a quick drive through visit. We will be definitely be going back to the latter to try something from the famous smoke houses, but I still wanted to go and take a look.
The next day we packed up and came home. At least that was in the sunshine! Remarkable for a Bank Holiday Monday, and in the north-east too!
My only advice for getting to the site is to really follow the instructions on the website/site guide book as some of the minor alternative roads that your satnav may lead you down are a bit rough and can be a bit thin and wriggly. Best stick to the prescribed route.
We will be going back from time to time, maybe for a summer weekend where we can have a twenty minute walk down to Dunstanburgh Castle.
There's loads to do in this neck of the woods. With plenty of castles, parks, gardens and the scenery associated with the awesome Northumberland Coast, Dunstan Hill is a great place to use as a base to start exploring the region. Robson Green's not wrong yee nah! :-)