Camping at Dunshiel
Dunshiel Camping, rugged beauty, supreme silence, intimacy with nature, easy access to facilities and abundance of things to do.
Dunshiel is situated within Northumberland National Park and within easy reach of the beautiful Coquet Valley, Bilsmoor and Redesdale. Elsdon is the nearby village with a traditional weekend drinking pub. A well-preserved medieval motte, bailey castle, and the stunning Tower to view from the village.
Wildlife is abundant, including roe deer, skylarks, voles, owls, bats, hares and curlews, to name but a few. The Elsdon Burn, running right through the farm, boasts a number of special features. With unique limestone outcrops, rare grasses and river life being the most notable.
The farm includes a dilapidated school complete with an 1880s register. Roman burial ground, stunning waterfall, range of traditional livestock facilities stell (circular stone shelter) and cross-shelter, and a cairn.
Dunshiel is a farm with sheep and cattle gently grazing throughout the year, creating a rhythmic peacefulness.
There is also a collection of 1970s farm machinery.
Life at Dunshiel
Barbecues are a firm favourite at Dunshiel with equipment for both communal and more intimate occasions. Fuel from the farm woodlands is in plentiful supply for barbecues and log fires.
Otterburn (3 miles), Rothbury (12 miles) and Ponteland (22 miles) are all within easy reach for pubs, restaurants and shops. The added attraction being the beautiful countryside en-route.
Many nearby villages have excellent hostelries including the Star Inn in Harbottle, the Rose of Thistle at Alwinton and the Redesdale Arms in Rochester.
Adventure and Excursions
Popular activities such as cycling and horse riding through the almost adjacent http://www.redesdale-equestrian.co.uk are on offer. Numerous walks ranging from the easy stroll to the demanding trek are available. Two walk routes start off from the farm and, of course, farm walks are encouraged across the farm.
For those with an interest in the armed forces, Dunshiel is immediately off the edge of Otterburn Military Training Area. It is much more than just an army camp.
Dunshiel is an ideal base for day trips to Scotland especially the Borders. Northumberland’s breath-taking coastline, and such gems as the Farne Islands and the supremely historic Holy Island.
Being at Dunshiel takes you to a different world, combining traditional farming and a strong sense of wider community in a virtually unchanging but also historic environment. To learn about this is an experience in itself.
To augment this spontaneous learning, Dunshiel will also provide opportunities to discover the value of such crafts as stonewalling, meadow development and livestock management.
For Summer 2022 Dunshiel will have a private indoor tennis court, combining a golf practice range and capacity for larger social and education events.