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Barnard Castle Camping And Caravanning Club Site
Dockenflatts Lane
Barnard Castle
Co Durham   (Browse area)
DL12 9DG
Tel: 01833 630228
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Pitches: 90
Open: 01/03/2022 to 30/11/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 112 Reviews
                9/10 from 112 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant  
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: April 2022 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: GWTE 7 reviews from this member

 This was our sixth stay on this site but our first visit in four years.

The site mangers were very friendly and the facilities were kept very clean.

We like the site because of the area that it is in and it is fairly close to Barnard castle.

There are a few issues (none of which would stop me using the site again) which may cause problems for some.

The access road is much more pot holed than I remember and needs to be taken slowly.

The bins, for many campers, are the furthest away that they possibly could be-there are none near the water points-and the lids to these bins are very heavy.

There is a farm very close to the site and this has two huge barns which contain pigs and the smell from them sometimes drifts onto the campsite depending on which way the wind is blowing. 

Date of Visit: October 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Johnp5 1 review from this member

 The road up to the site was narrow and full of horse muck all over the van. The pitch was very level and big.

There are trees to the side to shelter from the wind.

The facilities are good quality and clean.

The bins are at one end of the site and are quite a walk. There is only two water points for the hole site.

We could not get satellite or Freeview but internet TV is good. We had a car parked on our pitch from the pitch at the side. 
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Date of Visit: August 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Cpw1984 3 reviews from this member

 Really enjoyed our stay here. The staff were really friendly, facilities were clean, if a little dated, and the grass pitches were nice and level. There was a good play area for the kids too.

We enjoyed the short walk into town and drove to visit High Force during our stay. The pub at High Force is also well worth a visit and is child and dog friendly.

The only drawback for us was the lack of a bath in the parent room. There wasnít even a shower in there, but the staff very kindly gave us a key for the disabled shower room which was really helpful for showering our 1 year old. 
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Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Custard15 18 reviews from this member

 This Camping and Caravanning Club site conforms to expectations. The location is nice and quiet (not along a roadside like another locally), although it would be a long walk into town, and thereís no buses on a Sunday.

The pitches are a reasonable size and are accessed via a tarmac road network. Sadly, the hard standing pitches are not fully level, so campervans and motorhomes mostly use ramps to correct a little.

The facilities block is spacious, with plenty of loos, showers and wash rooms for the numbers of people on site Ė the site was full during our visit. Cubicles have 6 hooks AND a stool and additional light, the water is lovely and hot. Thereís also washing up sinks, albeit the normal massive sink with low water flow (so itís hard to fill) and only a single draining board, so pots in and out on the same side. Thereís a well situated motorhome service point Ė always a great bonus of club sites.

The greatest frustration this weekend was the electric hook-up, which was over-loaded (thanks to visitors who donít seem to understand that you canít run numerous heaters, hair dryers etc. in a caravan without blowing the circuitsÖ not only for yourself, but for others.

Understandably, the on-site staff were unable to keep replacing fuses all night, and that left a large proportion of visitors without light or heat from 9:30pm until long after breakfast. We were lucky, on the second night, the electric stayed on in our area, but others were not so lucky.

More could be done to inform visitors about reasonable loads and the risk of total power loss overnight, perhaps then a few more would take a bit more caution. So take the precaution of having secondary heat if itís going to be cold overnight and donít rely on charging anything over night. 

Date of Visit: October 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 7 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Ct955 50 reviews from this member

 This is a lovely site on the outskirts of the town adjacent to a working farm.

Clean and tidy club style facilities, dog walk on and off site. Friendly wardens and well maintained pitches. It is quite a hike into town and good strong shoes needed.

Lots to do in the area, would return. 
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: LBBK 49 reviews from this member

 The approach road is rather narrow & pot holed but there are passing places. Staff gave us a friendly welcome including instructions on the walking route to town (allow 45 mins to reach the shops on the main path: avoid scenic detours in the woods - we got lost!

We were also slightly concerned at the warning of loose farm dogs but they weren't any problem as the farm is a working horse stables and the dogs are clearly very used to visitors). Site reception also sold some basic provisions, ice creams & papers to order. There was plenty of tourist info available. Wifi signal on our pitch was good.

Pitches: level with short grass. There is tree shelter around the edge of the site and more open/exposed/sunnier pitches in the central area.

Facilities: a central, large, new, clean block that was a pleasure to use.

Chip van twice a week. We didn't use it but others gave good reports.

Any complaints? obsessive grass cutting & the hairdryer in the ladies broken. Otherwise hard to fault!

Barnard Castle is a large market town with all facilities. We recommend the walk on the Teesdale Way to the ruins of Egglestone Abbey a couple of miles to the east. 

Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: WOBBLE 23 reviews from this member

 Our first visit to this site, only 45 miles from home, spent 2 nights. Access to the site is along a narrow road (passing places along the road) about 1\2 mile from main road. And 2 miles from Barnard castle, plenty of shops pubs restaurants as well as Bowes museum. The pitches are level and well spaced. Toilet block is a little dated inside but always clean. TV reception was poor on our pitch because of trees, (left hand side of site). We will us site again for a quick break. Wardens were helpful and friendly, and loved our Scotties. 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: PedroPete61 25 reviews from this member

 Having been here last year this was my first stop heading North and once again a lovely site.

The Wardens may have changed but the welcome was a pleasure.

Open area, quiet my cup of tea.

Once set up off to the village 2 miles away for Food the Fox and Hounds.

The ale is kept well and the place was the same as before.

Will be back next year 

Date of Visit: June 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Chris5mph 38 reviews from this member

 As immaculate as one expects from a Camping Club site and I rejoiced to discover proper taps in the showers, not those push button things that always turn off at the wrong time.

I sometimes wonder whether club sites would be better with slightly longer grass, which may show less marks of previous occupation.

The attractions of the surrounding area (the dales, the hills, the villages and town, castles and houses) are stunning, and will warrant a further visit.

When we were on site there did seem to be an unusually high number of small yappy dogs (irritating), many obviously not trained to walk on leads, and some owners who thought that the 'dogs on leads' rule does not apply to their prize pooch.

With the site about half or more full, including some units with pre-school age children, I saw only two cars travelling at 5mph (my own and the parents of a toddler). Most were driving at 15mph or more! 5mph is walking speed! 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Vivvyb 1 review from this member

 First class site. Wardens very friendly and helpful. Facilities spotlessly clean and warm!Even let us stay a couple of extra hours because it was not too busy. Very safe with barrier for vehicle entry. Ideal site for tents as completely flat. We will definitely use this site again. 

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