This section should cover most aspects of pitching and camping in a tent at Kielder campsite.
Northumberland's damp conditions......
we offer this advice for the coming months.
We are currently in the less than dry season. It could be dry today, it could be wet, but mostly it will be wet. Don't go looking at your phone urging clear skies and dry weather, it's Kielder, wet's what we do! Our advice is to expect the rain and a drop in temperature and to plan, plan again and then plan some more. Just to reiterate: it tends to be wet and cold this time of year...do not book if you are made of sugar. A sacrificial tarp or footprint put under the tent helps alot. This site has seen many tents faring less than well after a good Kielder downpour. Should you be in any doubt with regards your tents waterproofing, put a tarp over the top too. Bring suitable footwear, waterproof leggings and a top; think about bringing a brolly. A good quantity of spare warm clothing...we have no drying room on site. Towels are handy too, more than one and bigger than a tea-towel. Failure to respect the soft ground, rainfall and the cooler climes of Kielder may have a detrimental effect to your visit.
The information above has been driven by customer requests during their visits.
Tent pitch size
There are no formal tent pitches, we offer a longitudinal field that has a track running through it. You select an area that suits you or that conditions allow.
Supply of tents
We do not supply or erect tents, this is the campers responsibility.
Booking your tent
We charge per pitch, not per person. If you have chosen to bring a six man tent with only two occupants, then please book and pay for a six man tent. Costings are negligibly more.
There is to be no driving or parking on the grass, at all. Not even to offload, irrespective of weather. You use the track running through the centre of the pitching field to temporarily park whilst unpacking.
The track is wide enough for two cars to pass, ensuring that the grass is not damaged.
If you have booked with friends or family and wish to pitch together, the first visitor to arrive can ask for a reservation sign and 'bagsie' a pitch near them.
We are unable to offer tent pitches around hardstandings. It is a game of two half's....tents one end, hardstandings the other.
We have a group booking policy. Please ensure you are aware of this prior to booking. No Stag, Hen or groups carrying out noisy activities. This is a quiet family site with a quiet policy at 10.00pm.
If you wish to add a Gazebo to your booking, please add this at time of booking. Gazebo's added to the pitch afterwards without consultation will be charged the current gazebo pitch rate per night.
Electric Hook up Pitches
We only have two electrical pitches, these are situated next to our static caravans. Through time and use, the ground around them has sunk. Ensure you arrive with your own camping electric cable, longer the better. [Absolute minimum for comfortable pitching is 10 metres.]
This facility is not a domestic three pin plug. You will require a lead that conforms to safety regulations, one type pictured here:
Electric hook up cables
We do not sell or lend such cables. This is the camper's responsibility.
Once pitched vehicles are to be moved to the car park situated through the campsite towards the pub. The small car park near the ablutions is often mistakenly used. This is for short term arrivals, emergency vehicles and an area to turn around in for large or towing vehicles. Please do not use or obstruct.
Note: When parking you will be able to see the path that connects you to the reservoir, bike/walking trails, Kielder Castle, Cafe and the Anglers Arms pub.
With our remote location, lack of local amenities or provisions; it would be wise for tent visitors to plan ahead. Smokers take note.
This is from 2.00pm allowing departing guests time to leave and for staff to carry out essential day to day tasks. Early arrival will disrupt this process and is not advised without timely discussion. Late arrivals up until 7.00pm.
Please check before booking how long it takes to get here. It takes longer to travel than you may think. Arriving late, dependent on the site and weather conditions, may require pitching at our “late arrivals area”, then re-positioning the next day.
We are unable to accept damaged or ruined tents in our refuse. Please take it home. Our bins are under 24 hour cctv surveillance. Any persons depositing such items will be charged accordingly. This includes any rubbish left on a pitch or incorrectly disposed of around the site. You will find our bins central to the site, opposite Badger pod. Everyone passes them on the way in.