On our recent trip to Hadrian’s Wall, we stayed at a wonderful site called Herding Hill Farm. Just outside Haltwhistle, it was ideally located for our planned visits to the Roman sites, and it also had (because I’ve become a complete camping sybarite) fully serviced pitches which provide continuous water and drainage.
Herding Hill Farm has a variety of animals kept to entertain younger visitors. They entertained us, too, since our pitch was right by their enclosures. We arrived more or less at feeding time, and the two wardens were busy dishing out grub to the chickens, goats, rabbits, ponies, llamas, donkeys, and even a rare breed pig!
We’d picked the week before half term for our visit, and sure enough, we had the place almost to ourselves, although a few more visitors arrived as the weekend approached.
We loved the site. It would be perfect for a family get-together where some were camping in vans or under canvas and others preferred a more solid roof over their heads. There are “glamping” huts:
Tipis – heated ones at that!
And newly installed some rather wonderful permanent tents with their own decking platform …
… and a view over what will soon be a green and pleasant duckpond.
In fact, there are all sorts of facilities. We’ll be back to explore some more of Hadrian’s Wall soon.