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Best campsites for the North Pennines AONB

Here is our pick of the Alan Rogers Assessors, expert-recommended campsites for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lying between the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, here’s an AONB brimming with variety. It’s a tranquil landscape of real natural interest, from cascading waterfalls to epic vistas over the moors, from sturdy little grey stone villages to undulating dales. 40% of the UK’s upland hay meadows and 27% of its blanket bog can be found here. It sprawls across almost 2,000 square kilometres and is the second largest of all the AONBs.

This area has taken millions of years to be forged from the landscape: the huge valley of High Cup Gill near Dufton and High Force on the River Tees have slowly been carved out. No surprise that this AONB has been recognised by UNESCO as a Global Geopark for its geological significance.

In more recent times, the population has more than halved to 12,000 inhabitants, mainly due to the decline of the lead mining industry. But there’s plenty of room for wildlife, with red squirrels, otters and 80% of England’s black grouse.

Top North Pennines AONB Camping Options

Leekworth Caravan & Camping Park is situated on the outskirts of the historic market village of Middleton in Teesdale, very close to Barnard Castle. The...

Teesdale Barnard Castle Caravan and Motorhome Club site is located just half a mile from the market town of Barnard Castle, it is set in...

Welcoming non-members and tents, the Camping and Caravanning Club site at Barnard Castle was opened in 1996. There are 90 flat pitches, most on grass...

Set in the Eden Valley within easy reach of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Wild Rose is a well known park. The entrance...

Englethwaite Hall Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a tranquil oasis scattered with rhododendrons from the garden of the former Old Hall. Located in the...

Haltwhistle Camping & Caravanning Club site’s setting in Bellister Wood makes it the perfect get away from it all destination. Pitch in an attractive clearing...

Causey Hill Caravan Park is situated at the top of a steep hill overlooking Hexham. It is mainly occupied by mobile homes, in excess of...

Byreside Caravan Site is quiet and secluded, located on a family run farm in the historic Derwent Valley. Birds and nature of all kinds may...