Old Bridge End

Charlaw Fell, Witton Gilbert, Durham, County Durham, DH7 6TT

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  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Peaceful stays
  • Scenic views

Why stay here ...

Our Certificated Location is in the countryside approximately three miles west of the beautiful Cathedral City of Durham (a world heritage site), three quarters of a mile from the village of Witton Gilbert (local newsagent and excellent pub grub) and approximately two miles from the Durham City park and ride facility (specific parking area for motor homes).

We believe we are the closest of the County Durham CLs to the amazing Beamish Living Museum of the North (25% discount on production of your CC membership card); also close by are the beautiful Durham Dales and Hadrian's Wall and many other family attractions. If shopping interests you we are within easy reach of the Metro Centre, Europe's biggest shopping centre and Newcastle upon Tyne (it's possible to catch a bus to both places from the village).

Our site is slightly sloping with a good entrance and has water and disposal points. We are part hard standing and have recently installed electric hook-ups at each of our five pitches. We are more than happy to charge batteries and we also have fresh eggs for sale (when the hens are laying well). Well behaved dogs are welcome as there are many country walks from the site. The best aspect of the site is the spectacular views over open countryside - if you're an early riser you may see deer come out of the nearby woods in the early morning or hear the plaintive cry of the curlew as it approaches its nest.

Walk to the top of the hill and you'll find Broom House Farm with a lovely cafe and farm shop - their home reared meat is delicious, and for children they have an Adventure trail through the woods. Also based at Broom House Farm is Fury Events where you can try Mud Buggy Racing, Quad Biking, Off Road Driving, Archery and Clay Pigeon shooting. Approximately two miles away is Diggerland, an adventure park where children and adults can drive real diggers and so much more. If you're into fishing there are many facilities within five miles, the nearest being Aldin Grange at Bearpark (approximately three miles) which boasts five well stocked lakes brimming with fish - two trout (fly only), two coarse and one competition (match only).

If you love the countryside then this is the site for you. For further information please don't hesitate to give us a call or visit our Website.

Facilities on site ...

  • Battery charging
  • Dog walk from site
  • TV reception: good

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Latest arrival time: 8:00 PM

0.75 acres

Sloping pitches

Levelling blocks required

Electric amperage: 10

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Postcode:
DH7 6TT
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GPS:
Lat 54.816745 / Lon -1.649775
OS field ref:
NZ225470
OS map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead
  • Daily public transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest port: Newcastle (15 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Durham
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Old Bridge End, Durham...disappointing!!

Although it does state in the site notes that it is sloping the photos don't indicate how steeply the site slopes. It may be fine in dry weather but following heavy rain it would be very difficult to come off without tearing up the grass surface. Even the hardstanding pitches require large blocks to level the vans, and they are rather narrow too. Without the assistance of a fellow caravanner we would have had extreme difficulty in getting our van level. As it was we had to utilise a 6" concrete block under one side. There are good views from the site and it is relatively easy to access being less than 1 ml off the A 691 Durham/Consett road. There is a Park and Ride about 3 miles away towards Durham with free parking, and I think no height barrier, and there are M/H parking spots, and those with concessionary passes can use them on the bus. The nearest supermarkets are a Lidl and a Sainsbury's, with fuel pumps at Pity Me, off the A167 about 5 mls from the site. The lane past the site is quite during the evening and night although there is some traffic from early morning. There are a couple of lanes close to the site suitable for walking ones dog and numerous disused railway track not far away good for both walking and cycling. Not up to the usual standard of CLs that we are used to, and would not return.

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Excellent Site

Warm welcome, lots of information, could not have been more helpful, everything we needed was there. As a Motorhome you are better on one of the hard standing, it would difficult to get level on any other part of the CL. Walking distance to buses and pubs and local village. Highly recommend staying here.
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Visiting Beamish Museum

If your are visiting Beamish and like CLs then this is the one since it's only 7 miles from the museum. As a caravan club member you can get a 25% discount on the entry tickets, which last for 12 months. We spent 3 nights here and 2 days seeing Beamish. Some pitches on this CL are sloping but there are some handy blocks if required. Take care not to miss the turn off from the A691 roundabout. Its easily missed. The very congenial welcome is often accompanied by 2 freshly laid hens eggs. (yummy!!)
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A peaceful site with good access to Durham and the Beamish Museum

We arrived after a period of heavy rain the previous couple of days but the site was well drained and as such we did not experience any difficulties in siting our van. The owner was very friendly and welcoming and we can recommend the free range eggs. The view from the site is of open countryside. We used the site as a base to visit the Beamish Museum something that we can recommend. Yes we would recommend this site it is quiet, the owner welcoming, and the views are what you would hope for from a country location.

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First ever caravan trip. First class welcome.

We drove up to Durham towing our new caravan and did not really know what to expect. We only booked the day before and hoped that everyone else on this review site had to be right and they were! Tony and Christine are the most helpful and delightful couple that made us very welcome and had the knack of making us feel special. We were welcomed with 2 huge eggs for our breakfast the next morning and gosh they were good. Everything about the CL was great from the views and lovely horses in the next field to the proximity to Durham. We were not here as tourists (it is my husband's home area) but can vouch for what an excellent location it is and certainly away from the city but still within an easy drive particularly if you use the ParknRide a couple of miles away. We will certainly stay again when we are back up in Durham and can give it a big thumbs up for our first caravan trip. Thanks Tony and Christine for your genuine warm welcome and the lovely site.
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