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Old Hartley Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
Old Hartley
Whitley Bay
Tyne and Wear   (Browse area)
NE26 4RL
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 59
Open: 16/03/2022 to 05/11/2022

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 59 Reviews
                9/10 from 59 Reviews

 No Tents   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   Wild Swimming <1 mile   Indoor Pool <5 miles   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 Beach <1 mile   Watersports <1 mile   Boat Launch / Mooring <5 miles 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 Coastside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

This is a club member only site - you may be able to join on site - please check direct with the site

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Date of Visit: April 2022 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Alronald 10 reviews from this member

 Superb popular location overlooking St Mary's Lighthouse close to Whitley Bay.

Excellent location for exploring NE coast north of Tynemouth.

Coop fairly close by together with some excellent pubs.

Thoroughly recommend the Delaval Arms - great food and some of the best microbrewery beers Ive tried in a long time 

Date of Visit: March 2022 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Brendanr2004 608 reviews from this member

 We usually visit this site once or twice a year as it’s close to home but in a lovely location on the seafront.

Excellent base for walking, cycling and enjoying the north east coast.

Good transport links.

Several excellent pubs within walking distance.

Site facilities excellent. 
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Date of Visit: May 2021 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Brendanr2004 608 reviews from this member

 Excellent site, right on the seafront overlooking St Mary’s lighthouse.

Work has been carried out on the road around the pitches which much better.

Clean and modern facilities. 
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Date of Visit: October 2020 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Brendanr2004 608 reviews from this member

 Great site on the cliffs overlooking St Mary’s Lighthouse.

Sloping site but pitches are fairly level and on small hard standing pItches.

Clean and well maintained facilities.

Excellent base for North East coast. 
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Date of Visit: September 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Paulmold 92 reviews from this member

 Small site by CAMC standards (50 pitches) with some large gravel pitch and some so small you can only just get your van on. Majority have great sea view with St. Marys lighthouse just off-shore (accessible across causeway when tide out).

Local co-op and fish and chip shop a short walk away (about 0. 7 mile). Coastal path goes right in front of site.

Friendly welcome and very nice wardens who are happy to chat.

Site due for refurbishment next year with taps due to be installed at bottom of site as it's a steep walk up at moment to get water. 
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Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Damaca 73 reviews from this member

 This site has advantages (see below) but everything was spoiled for us by an extremely ill-thought out approach to Covid. The gents toilets/shower facility was closed, the disabled locked (unless you had a key you couldn't therefore enter) and only ONE person was allowed into the now unisex facility at any one time. So for a lot of the time it seemed the shower was being used for a lengthy period by a selfish person while a queue of people, some desperate to use the loo, snaked outside. If this was going to be the site's approach it would have been more responsible and fair to tell potential visitors that the facilities were closed, and we could have chosen to go elsewhere.

In fact, we stayed at several other sites, including CMC sites, in July after the easing of lockdown, and no other site came near to having such a ridiculous policy. The staff, when asked, said they 'could do nothing' about the policy.

The great views, walks north and south along the coast path, and nice pitches unfortunately did not compensate. 

Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 1 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 641 reviews from this member

 This site has the most fabulous views - every pitch looks out over the sea towards St. Marys Island. Pitches are all hardstanding with ehu, the pitches at the bottom have the least slope but still need levellers.

Facilities block typical C&MC high standards, problems with plumbing meant limited hot water and signs up asking to limit use. The motorhome service point is on a slope and has a heavy man-hole cover - not ideal for disposing grey water easily.

We noticed that after 5pm, when office shut, notice on door to say site only accpets pre-booked units. From that would seem they don't accept arrivals after 5pm that arent booked (although gate is opn until 10pm). There isnt a late night arrival area.

Lovely walked from the site, good paths down to St. Mary's Island and onto Whitley Bay. No actual dog walk but the cliff path runs by the site so perfect for dog walking.

This is a lovely site, if club invested in levelling pitches and the moho service point was improved would be even better. 
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Date of Visit: October 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Atkinbrown 50 reviews from this member

 Just spent another three night stay at this fabulous site. The Wardens are really friendly and helpful and the site has probably the best views of any site. It was very very windy when we stayed but we thoroughly enjoyed the stay as the site offers plenty of cliff top walks, beaches and a good walk over to the Lighthouse. Our dog enjoyed the beach! The facilities are exactly as you would expect from a CAMC site - the only thing is TV reception is not good and it would be a finishing touch to provide TV aerial points on the electric bollards which the CC has on many other sites. Highly recommend this site - we have stayed several times before and will do so again. 

Date of Visit: September 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: David Klyne 246 reviews from this member

 To Find Site:- From A1 and A19 follow signs Whitley Bay. At seafront take road toward Blyth. At the Hartley roundabout take third exit to site.

This site is situated on the low cliffs just north of Whitley Bay with magnificent views out over to St Mary’s Lighthouse. This is a very popular member’s only site which is open from early March to early November. There is quite a pronounced slope from reception down to the furthest pitches. In total there are 59 pitches all with hardstandings. However if you are used to other CMC sites the area of hardstanding is small and they have to be approached over grass. Larger caravans and motorhomes will overhang the hardstanding area. Some form of levelling will be required on almost all pitches. Awnings are not allowed on this site. On the plus side every pitch is capable of sea view. Electric points are convenient to all pitches and they are rated at 16 amps and use CEE17 blue connectors. Despite TV only being rated as fair there are no co-ax TV connectors on the electric bollards. We also found it difficult to get our satellite to lock on to a signal which I suspect was due the tall radio masts next to the site. This problem might be dependent on where you are pitched. The single toilet block is situated at the top of the site near to the entrance. It is clean and serviceable without being luxurious. Given the popularity of the site there will be times of day when it is under pressure. Included in the building is a separate disabled toilet, a small enclosed washing up area and a small laundry room. In front of the toilet block is the only fresh water supply and grey water disposal so a long way from many of the pitches especially as waste water has to be lugged up a steep hill! To the side of the toilet block is the motorhome waste point which is a bit difficult to get into and also requires heavy drain covers to be lifted. There are no facilities on site for children. There is site wide WiFi which I found to have a reasonably consistent signal but obviously restricted a bit in bandwidth. The 4G signal in the area also seems quite good. Reception sells a few essentials including gas.

This site has excellent public transport connections with a bus at fifteen minute intervals between Blyth and Newcastle. You can alight in Whitley Bay and join the Metro system. Within a short walk of the site is St Mary’s Lighthouse which can be visited via a causeway at certain states of tide. You can also climb to the top for a same fee and 137 steps! There are good cycle routes from the site all along the coast. The beautifully restored “Spanish City” at Whitley Bay is now open and is worth a visit even if only to have a coffee. For basic food shopping there is a small Sainsburys, and an Iceland in Whitley Bay next to the bus stop back to the site. For those with transport there is a larger Sainsburys not far from the site. There are several places to eat locally the nearest being the Delaval Arms although I have personal experience. 

Date of Visit: May 2018 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: S64miller 40 reviews from this member

 Arrived at 11. 50 and the office was shut but a lovely welcome when the warden opened up at 12, picked plot 12 which overlooked the sea and lighthouse. The facilities were as you'd expect very good and very clean. Our pitch was reasonably flat but quite a bit of the site is sloping so would need chocks. Had a walk along the coastal path into the nearby Seaton Sluice which has a couple of supermarkets, three or four pubs. We called in the closest one to the site which was dog friendly called the Delaval Arms and received a warm welcome. Monday we walked along the coast into Whitley Bay which took about 30-40 minutes, a very pleasant walk. Whitley Bay wasn't as big as I thought it would be but nice enough to spend a few hours and quite a selection of cafe's and Pubs. The day after, which was cold, we had a small walk and visit up St Marys Lighthouse and a visit to the Pub. Will revisit in the future, the view is probably the best we ever had, certainly coastal 

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