Highside Farm

UK England North East England County Durham Middleton in Teesdale

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Miniature walkers’ site near the Pennine Way

As evening wears on, all that can be heard from Highside Farm’s tiny 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 tranquility is complete.

There’s nothing rushed about Highside Farm. Many of the farm buildings date back to the 16th century or earlier, and while new owners, Mark and Helen Tully, haven’t turned the clock back quite that far, there’s a real sense that camping here is like something from times of old.

The main thing that makes Hillside Farm so different is the quarter-of-an-acre size, which gives the sense you are lodging in a farmer’s garden rather than at an established camping site. The sloping meadow, without electrical hook ups and only one hardstanding, generally attracts tents over caravans and there are never more than nine or ten campers allowed here at any one time. It’s a campsite in miniature; something only accentuated by the way the edge of the meadow drops away rather dramatically, leaving nothing between you and the open hills of the North Pennines.

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. It can be followed west – taking in fine views as your approach Harter Fell – to Grassholme Reservoir where a waterside trail leads you back in the direction of the campsite

Details

Facilities

An old stone shed has been transformed into 2 immaculate and homely loos, a shower and a washing-up room. Recycling bins. Highside Farm-reared meat for sale. No campfires but BBQs off the ground are okay (breeze-blocks available to borrow).

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs (on a lead) – yes. Children under the age of 16 – no.

Nearby

High Force waterfall (9 miles by road or 5 miles by footpath) is spectacular, though nowadays there’s gated acess that opens after 9am and you have to pay £1.50 (50p for children). For an even more spectacular waterfall, there’s Cauldron Snout, 3 miles from the Cow Green reservoir car park (11 miles from the campsite) up the Widdybank Fell nature trail. It is more a long cataract than a waterfall and, at 200 yards long, is generally considered to be the longest waterfall in England. Medieval Raby Castle (01833 660202) is 13 miles away (about 20 minutes’ drive). If it rains, you can also seek refuge in the keep at Barnard Castle (01833 638212) or in the nearby Bowes Museum (01833 690606).

Food & Drink

There are nearer pubs in Mickleton and Middleton-in-Teesdale, including the dog-friendly Crown (01833 640381), but it’s worth your while going the extra mile or so to Eggleston where the Moorcock Inn (01833 650102) and the the Three Tuns (01833 650289) vie for your attention.

Opening Times

May–September.

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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