Hillcrest Park

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Richmond

The perfect North Yorkshire getaway for anyone who wants to experience the great outdoors without having to worry about the weather forecast

Oh to be out on the hills, leaning against the full force of the North Yorkshire wind and squinting through the rain for a herd of lost sheep. This hardy image of the sheep farmer isn't exactly what springs to mind when we first imagine our holiday – more the rolling, sun soaked dales riddled with inviting looking footpaths – but it’s exactly this lifestyle in the great outdoors that inspires many campsites to be born in the north of the country.

Once a working farm, Hillcrest Park, is just such a spot, now fully committed to it’s new life as a campsite. Old outbuildings have been tastefully converted into holiday cottages and a large area of land has been set aside for campervans, all with electric hook-ups. The scene is one that still echoes its agricultural past – views across acres of farmland, mowed and turned for hay in early summer, and buildings converted out of old storage spaces. But at its heart, Hillcrest Park is now a warm and welcoming campsite, a seemingly natural step in the place’s evolution.

Perhaps most notably, or so we think, are the 10 timber glamping pods, which create the perfect getaway for those who want to experience the outdoors without having to worry about the weather. Well spaced-out and each fronted by a large wood-chipping area ideal for barbecues and meals in the sun, the pods are intended as a handy year-round replacement for the standard camper’s tent. Inside they are well insulated and come with an electric heater, double glazing and sockets. Otherwise it’s up to you to bring your sleeping bag and blankets along (inflatable mattresses can also be hired onsite).

The local area follows the trend of history combined with new, modern hospitality. Around seven miles away the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle – named after the castle it grew around – is home to the famous Bowes Museum, a grand gallery set inside a 19th-century French-style chateau. The museum houses the best collection of European fine and decorative art in North England, though it’s unclear what you’re meant to admire most, the artwork or the setting.

Elsewhere, the dog-friendly campsite is matched by miles of footpaths and endless space to explore, with nearby Hamsterley Forest riddled with family biking trails, just a short drive away. Or, of course, you could start from the site itself, taking in a section of the Teesdale Way that leads you to Fernaville’s Rest, a pet-friendly, Grade II listed pub around four miles away. Before you get there be sure to stop on Whorlton Suspension Bridge for a quick game of pooh sticks. It's the earliest such road bridge in the country and an ideal spot for enjoying the last of the river before you cocoon yourself away in the pub!

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The Owner Says

Hillcrest Park is our rural, 6 acre, holiday park in Teesdale. Surrounded by farmland, it offers peace, tranquillity and beautiful views in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere – yet is only 10mins from the A66. It is ideal for walkers, cyclists and dog owners and is close to Richmond, Barnard Castle, High Force Waterfall, Raby Castle and a host of other Dales attractions.  
There is a two night minimum stay during summer weekends.

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1 night rural stay - recommend

Me and my husband stayed for 1 night with our 2 dogs on 26th May. The site is lovely and rural, just as described. We had a lovely time. The pod was cosy, clean - it had plug, lighting, a small heater and coat hooks. The doors have full windows which was lovely as a lot of pods have tiny windows which stop you from seeing the view. So we spent some time relaxing in the pod (out of the wind) just gazing out at the view. The ladies have a hair dryer, sinks and showers. The on-site shop is stocked with camping gear, alcohol, cleaning products etc. The dog walking field is currently undergoing some construction - so don’t think there will be a dog walking area for much longer. We pre-ordered breakfast butties and cappuccino’s from Dotties. This was delivered to our pod. It was the most delicious breakfast and the coffee was fantastic. Overall a perfect 1 night get away
May 28, 2019 by AJC


Just had a lovely weekend here, facility's were great, hot showers, nice and clean, lovely little kitchen were you can make toast, tea's coffees, there is microwaves and hobs to use and also a washer and dryer at the cost of £2 per load, there is also a fridge freezer for all to use. there is a nice little communal book stand were you can take a book to read and fetch it back after use, also DVD's games and magazines. The pod itself is so cute, it has a lamp and a small radiator to keep you warm, the only issue I had was there was a quite a few cobwebs above the smoke alarm other wise I would have rated it 5 star, the sight itself holds a little shop in the office were you can also purchase a few things from, overall a wonderful stay, I will recommend this place 100% and hopefully return in the summer months.
Mar 11, 2019 by Lorraine

A cosy pod with lights, electric & a heater

We braved the wet, windy weather and we’re so glad that we did! Spent the whole evening with the doors open overlooking the beautiful views on this peaceful site. The toilets, showers and kitchen areas were clean and well equipped. We will definitely be returning! Thank you so much!
Oct 15, 2018 by Rach

Lovely getaway

Me and my partner had a lovely time at this site. The pod and the site was very clean and the facilities were also. There was the added bonus of the Dottie van to get breakfast from the next morning which was lovely and very good value for money. We will definitely go back and have already recommended this site to friends and family. Lovely picturesque setting recommend to anyone.
Jul 1, 2018 by Clair

Response from Hillcrest Park

Hi Clair.  Thankyou for your lovely review!  We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope to see you again some time.  Kate & Ed
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