Both of our caravan sites in the North East are ideally placed for exploring the local surroundings. Located along the banks of the River Wear, the market town of Stanhope has a population of no more than 4,500. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Capital of Weardale’ and is close to the villages of Eastgate and Frosterly.
An agricultural show is held here every September along with other events through the year.
To the south east of Stanhope you can find Hamsterley, a small village just a few miles away from Bishop Auckland. No more than 500 people live here and it is home to the beautiful Dryderdale Hall.
Both places are a welcome break from everyday life, with all facilities in easy reach.
Exploring The Outdoors
As both Stanhope Burn and Linburn Beck are a short drive away from Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough, and Darlington, there are plenty of places to visit. The historical Auckland Castle is a great place for a day out for all the family. It has more than 800 years history and is the Bishop’s official home.
In Stanhope there is an open air swimming pool and this is the only heated pool within Country Durham. This is just 10 minutes away from our Stanhope Burn Caravan Park and is open between May and September each year.
Another location to explore is the Durham Dales Centre. There are plenty of things to do here, from eating in the tearoom to looking at specialist craft shops.
The 275 acre coloured water reservoir at Balderhead is set in heather grouse moors and has a depth of up to 20 feet.
The much larger 1000 acre lake at Derwent offers 7 miles of bank for fly fishing. There is also over 20 feet depth in the lake, 3 miles for worm anglers, and tuition available in the summer months.
The name for the location stands for ‘stony sided valley’. This was the very first name given to the area where the caravan park is today. A settlement here can be traced back into at least the 12th Century and Stanhope first became a market town in the 1400s.
With population growth and developments in transport such as the railway, more people began to visit the area.
Some of the best historical finds made in the town include a fossilised tree stump in the churchyard and a Bronze Age cave known as Heathery Burn. This was first discovered in the late 1850s and contained skeletal remains dating back 3000 years.