Highside Farm

UK England North East England County Durham

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Miniature rural site

As evening wears on, all that can be heard from Highside Farm's campsite, on the lower reaches of Lune Moor, is the sporadic bleating of sheep far away across the valley. As the light fades into night, our woolly friends fall silent and the sense of tranquillity is complete.

There’s nothing rushed about Highside Farm. Many of the farm buildings date back to the 16th century or earlier, and while the owners, Richard and Stephanie, haven’t turned the clock back quite that far, they have become subsistence farmers on their 16-acre smallholding: growing vegetables and tending four breeds of sheep (including the rare Teeswater), some pigs, cattle and chickens. They also spin their own wool, balls of which are available for sale. Furthermore, if you order it the night before, they will serve you a breakfast packed with their own produce and locally sourced food.

An old stone shed has been transformed into two immaculate and homely loos, a shower and a washing-up room, while the campsite itself consists of one very small field with a static caravan just below it – perhaps the only visible concession to modernity – before the ground drops away rather dramatically, leaving nothing between you and the hills of the North Pennines to the south.

The Pennine Way, perhaps understandably, rises near here by a rather less precipitous route and heads around the back of the farm, passing just half a mile away.

Details

Facilities

Loos: 2 Unisex. Showers: 1 Unisex (free). Other facilities: Washing-up room. Buy Highside Farm-reared meat for the BBQ. Stuff for children: No. Recycling: Yes.

Dogs: On leads. Fires: No open fires; BBQs off ground (breeze-blocks available). Other: No visitors; departures before noon & no arrivals before 1pm.

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Nearby

High Force waterfall (9 miles by road or 5 miles by footpath); 01833 622209/640209. Or, for an even more spectacular waterfall, there’s Cauldron Snout, 3 miles from the Cow Green reservoir car park (11 miles) up the Widdybank Fell nature trail (look out for blue gentian and the Teesdale violet in the spring). Raby Castle, Staindrop (13 miles) – a medieval castle and deer park as well as the setting for the river pageant scene in the film Elizabeth; 01833 660202.

Food & Drink

In addition to the seasonal offerings at Highside Farm, grab yourself some local Cotherstone cheese, named after a village in Teesdale. It’s available from the farmer’s market (the first Saturday of the month) or from Armitages (01833 690909) in Middleton-in-Teesdale. There are nearer pubs in Mickleton and Middleton-in-Teesdale, but it's worth your while going the extra mile or 2 to the Three Tuns (free house) at Eggleston (4½ miles); 01833 650289.

Opening Times

May–Sep.

Family Friendly


Pitches

Room for 8 people (1 hard standing pitch) on a mainly sloping field, but pitches are level. 2 electric hook-ups.

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Location

Highside Farm, Bowbank, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0NT

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Getting There

The farm is two miles from Middleton-in-Teesdale on the B6276 Brough to Middleton-in-Teesdale road.

Train station: Kirkby Stephen (16 miles) – Settle to Carlisle line. Bus no. 572, run by Classic Coaches (01539 623254), goes to Middleton-in-Teesdale once every Wed. Regular bus services from Darlington main line station 25 miles away via Barnard Castle to Middleton.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Perfect 😍

Fabulous little site with great facilities..all clean and tidy..views are spectacular..hosts Helen and mark were both really friendly and very helpful.. nothing was a bother..will definitely return 😍
Jul 27, 2019 by Jade Boxall
★★★★★

The best you can ask for from a campsite (and the hosts!)

Highside Farm was as peaceful as campsites get - beautiful rolling hills in an AONB, friendly hosts and excellent facilities. The pitches were great and it was so peaceful. They also provided campfires which added that extra rural luxury. Mark and Helen were so welcoming and friendly and really couldn't do enough to get us settled in - but we also had all the space and quiet needed for a good getaway. I really couldn't recommend the campsite more. It was perfection!
Jun 14, 2019 by Charlotte Boston
★★★★★

Matt P

We stayed at Highside Farm in mid June 2013. We had high hopes for a peaceful site after spending a weekend on an overcrowded holiday park site. We were not disappointed! Firstly the setting is fantastic. The facilities were very nice and adequate enough for a small site (we were worried about there being only 1 shower but never once had to wait). The owners were really friendly and very helpful. They are clearly passionate about their farm and having tasted some of their produce, this flows through to the meat! 

We really enjoyed staying on this wee site and would happily spend every camping holiday on sites like this one.

Ps - we found it incredibly hard to find anywhere in the area to hire bikes mid-week so bring your own!

Jun 28, 2013 by MP
★★★★★

Highside Farm

We were the only arrivals until a couple arrived with a tent a little later, so the campsite was very quiet and peaceful. The surroundings are beautiful, the facillities are spotless and well cared for. Richard saw us in and showed us around, then took our order for breakfast for the following morning - one of the best full English breakfasts we have ever had, made from their own produce. We were only there overnight, in transit to the Scottish Isles, but we will definitely make our way back there some time and explore the neighbourhood. Thoroughly recommended to anyone who wants the ultimate in views and peace.
Jun 1, 2011 by AnneJ

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