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Hillcrest Park

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Richmond

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Adults Only
  • Good walks nearby
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!



We are reopening on 4 July, on a reduced capacity basis.  We are also reopening our showers and loos.  However, we are not opening the kitchen facility, the shop or Dottie, the pop up cafe.  Due to Government guidance we are no longer hiring out airbeds, so you will need to bring your own.

Suitable For

Our main ‘poddery’ area is designated as adults only ensuring that whether it is school holidays or not, you needn’t worry about little ones (sorry, little ones, but sometimes the grown ups need a bit of me-time!)    Although the ‘poddery’ is adults only, this does not mean there will be no other children on the site, as we also offer other accommodation.  However, the ‘poddery’ is in a separate area which no other visitors should access.  This area of the site offers wonderful views of beautiful Teesdale, so you can sit on your deck with a relaxing glass of something delicious and take in the sunset – in peace and quiet!

Podders with dogs – yes. Party groups – no.


To the north, it's just 10 minutes or so to Raby Castle (01833 660202) – one of the finest examples of a medieval fortress in the North of England, also boasting a beautiful walled garden and a 200 acre deer park. A similar distance away is Barnard Castle, a picturesque market town where, among other things, the fantastic Bowes Museum (01833 690606) can be found. In the opposite direction, 17th century Headlam Hall (01325 730691) is a grand country house where you can find a challenging 9 hole golf course and a strikingly modern, spa retreat. It's about 10–15 minutes in the car. For natural wonders try High Force, the largest single drop waterfall in England or visit nearby Hamsterley Forest, known for both its beautiful walks and its mountain bike trails.

Food & Drink

The Brownlow Arms (01325 718471), a traditional country pub, is just over a mile away in Caldwell is reopening on 4 July.


All year. There is a two night minimum stay during the school holidays and summer weekends.

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Contact Hillcrest Park, Hillcrest Park, Caldwell, Near Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 7UD

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Getting There

From A1(M), north or south, take the A66 Westbound at Scotch Corner. Travel 2 miles and take right turn onto B6274 signposted ‘Winston’. Go through Caldwell Village. Continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left hand side.

If travelling south from Scotland on M6, take A66 East at Penrith, J40. Head towards Scotch Corner and take B6274 signposted ‘Winston’. Go through Caldwell Village. Continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left hand side.

If travelling North on the M6, at J38 take the A685 to Brough. From Brough, take A66 Eastbound towards Scotch Corner and take B6274 signposted to Winston and Staindrop. Go through Caldwell Village. Continue for 1 mile and Hillcrest Park is on the left hand side.

The nearest train station is Darlington (08457 484950), which is a 20 minute drive away.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews


Peaceful and dog friendly

I booked Hillcrest for one night as I was travelling down for a dog event. The 2 person pod was nice and cosy and the location was really pretty. Kitchen and bathroom facilities were well maintained and clean with a microwave, hob, toaster and kettle. There was a pub down the road called the Four Alls which served lovely home made food and which was dog friendly.

Perfect break

Booked a little trip for myself, partner and German Shepard- his first time away from the house- to see how my dog would do as my partner and I love going camping and normally leave the dog with my parents, it went a lot better than I planned the dog absolutely loved it as he was never alone, there are so many pet friendly places and things to do around here that I took him everywhere with me. The showers and shared kitchen were great never to far away from where your staying and every time I used them, they were completely empty. Would defiantly book to stay here again, even pursuance the parents to come down too
Oct 3, 2021 by Ashley

Excellent Stay!

Everything for those who would like to camp, but just don't fancy a night in a tent! We arrived for a night's stay 30 Aug. Plenty of space, clean and a great aspect looking onto the neighbouring fields. Pod was provided with a heater and spare socket, which was perfect for charging and keeping warm. Will highly recommend and use again when we are back in the area!

Our second excellent stay!

This was the second time my partner and I have stayed at hillcrest, both times staying in the camping pods, and both times we have really enjoyed our stay. The guys in charge are both very friendly and helpful and we love staying in the pods. We had a beautiful spot in the corner of the plot looking onto the farmers fields, we would highly recommend for a relaxing break away from city life. Barnard castle and Richmond are both close by as there is two pubs within walking distance (30ish minutes). We will be back again I’m sure, thank you guys for the service you offer x

Response from Hillcrest Park

Thankyou so much  for the really lovely review Jack - it means a lot.   I'm so pleased you enjoyed your return visit and all the area has to offer.  We hope to see you here again before too long.  Kate & Ed


Welcome and lovely break

I had originally booked for late December but it had to be rearranged and kate was very helpful with this. I was looking forward to a two night mini break for a change of scenery. In the event, I was bowled over by the welcome from Kate and Ed and the beautiful location - the facilities were Covid safe and the pods are large and cosy and warm at night. As a solo camper, it felt safe and the location is ideal for exploring upper Teesdale and the Richmond area. Myself and Effie the dog will certainly be back! Thank you x
Apr 30, 2021 by Susanne Verified Review

Response from Hillcrest Park

I'm so pleased to hear that you and Effie enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review!  We look forward to welcoming you both back here before too long.  Kate & Ed

Perfect Stay

Stayed for one night last weekend. Host was friendly, genuine and efficient. Pod was roomy and warm. Plenty of room for two. Facilities were impeccably clean. Kettle and toaster available. We walked along to the pub just over a mile away which is cosy and good value for money. Check out was easy and effortless. Overall, perfect stay. Will be returning

Response from Hillcrest Park

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a positive review.  We're delighted you enjoyed your stay, and even more pleased you'd like to come back - we can't ask for more than that!  Kate & Ed

Fab pod experience

Absolutely fantastic time here, very accommodating, very very clean, beautiful location! We had the pleasure of the sunshine all weekend which made the experience even more enjoyable, although a quick rain shower one morning was very therapeutic whilst cosy in our pod. Sitting on the little decking drinking a beer watching the amazing sunset across beautiful countryside was just what we needed! Our dog (Doris) also very much enjoyed her stay! We will defo be back!
Aug 11, 2020 by Mae Cashmore Verified Review


Friendly, flexible and accommodating. Lovely quiet place our second visit was just as memorable as the first. We have a dog who barks at everything and we asked to be put out the way in a pod facing the field which we were 😊 Particularly impressed with their covid precautions. The shared facilities were spotless and you could see they had been cleaned SEVERAL times a day. Handgel disinfectant paper towels ect all in place. In times like this we were glad to get away, safely! Brilliant effort and left to our own devised no patrolling it was just fab!! It's also close to some wonderful sights, we went to Richmond Castle and high force during our stay so didn't have to drive far. 10 out of 10

Response from Hillcrest Park

Thank you Samantha - reviews like your's make all the hardwork worthwhile!  We're so glad you enjoyed your return visit, and hope to see you here again one day.  Kate & Ed


We loved it

So quiet with great views. Toilets and showers were very clean and the whole place had a great atmosphere. If you want to get away from it all then come to Hillcrest and rejuvenate yourself. A word of caution.....we thought we would be warmer than camping in a tent but found the heater was invaluable during the night - even with a feather duvet in July!
Jul 15, 2020 by Diane Jones Verified Review

Response from Hillcrest Park

Thank you so much!  We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you here again one day.  Kate & Ed

Great experience - Fantastic site with great facilities.

This is a great place for all your camping needs. Ed and Kate are great and really accomodating from arrival to leave. Stayed in the wooden pods which despite it being a cold night out, stayed warm as there is a heater in the pod. Had a great nights sleep! The facilities are great, toilets and showers are sparkling clean and there is a well stocked kitchen for all your cooking needs. Would definitely stay there again.


Had a lovely night at hillcrest last week..(and last year)great,facilities,immaculate shower block-toilets-kitchen area....peace and quiet..just what we needed!!x
Aug 21, 2019 by Karen Verified Review

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 Verified Review


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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