Old Hartley Club Campsite

Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 4RL

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Families
  • Motorhomes
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

LOW 10% refundable deposit plus FREE cancellations and FREE amendments*

Old Hartley Club Campsite will be closing at the end of 2023 season and will undergo a major refurbishment over the winter period. This site will have a delayed provisional reopening date of 5 July 2024 (subject to completion of works).

In the meantime, you might like to try some alternative campsites nearby:

Old Hartley Club Campsite offers one of the best views on the network and is perched on a grassy cliff top overlooking the lighthouse on St Mary's Island. This island is a well-known local nature reserve with an abundant bird population of national importance and lovely walking trails where you can enjoy the unspoilt scenery. The traditional holiday resort of Whitley Bay is within easy reach of the caravan park and boasts a superb sandy beach and indoor leisure pool complex.

The location being one of the perks surrounding our Tyne & Wear caravan sites, you'll be pleased to hear local transport is highly accessible from Old Hartley Club Campsite - the Metro and regular local buses will take you directly into the heart of Newcastle city centre, popular for the shopping in Eldon Square. A short journey across the River Tyne will take you to Gateshead, where you can discover the many attractions at the Metro Centre, Europe's largest indoor shopping centre which includes restaurants, cinemas and loads of entertainment facilities. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a fun and educational visit for all ages and located just a few miles from the site. For dining, you might like to consider the pub outside the site entrance or the fish and chip shop just a short drive away.

All in all, the caravan site promises all the choices you could wish for in a relaxing holiday destination.

*Book any UK Club campsite with a 10% fully refundable deposit (minimum £20) plus FREE cancellations and FREE amendments up to 21 days before arrival. Applies to any non-promotional booking.

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Motorhome service point
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi

Prices

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Walking notes:

There are many public footpaths along the cliff top in both directions.

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Supermarket notes:

The closest are Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in Whitley Bay, about 3 miles from the site. Both are accessible for motorhomes. Co-op is 1 mile away.

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Directions

Turn off the A19 about 3 miles N of Tyne Tunnel (toll) at junction with A191 into a road signposted Gosforth, Whitley Bay. Immediately at roundabout turn onto the A186 (signposted Earsden, Whitley Bay). Continue on the A186 and at the sixth roundabout turn onto the A192 (signposted Whitley Bay). Follow tourist signs for St Mary's Island. Turn left onto the A1148 (signposted Sea Front). At the T-junction with A193 at Whitley Bay seafront turn left into road signposted Blyth. Pass Whitley Bay Holiday Park. In 1 mile at the Delaval Arms public house roundabout turn right onto cycle path. In 30 yards fork left past houses into the site entrance.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
NE26 4RL
GPS:
Lat 55.076008 / Lon -1.463928
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
NZ343758
OS map ref:
88
Handbook map ref:
H12

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Newcastle, Whitley Bay and Blyth
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Nearest park and ride: Newcastle and local destinations
  • Nearest port: Newcastle (10 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Whitley Bay Metro
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Good for families

Brilliant site but........

Old Hartley Club Campsite
This is a great site with fantastic views. Easy access to the cliff walks into Whitley Bay or Blythe. Great fish and chips at Seaton Sluice or Blythe. However, the shower block needs to be replaced. The cubicles are too small which means the floors flood making dressing in the dry verey difficult. There are broken and cracked tiles. Shower heads held in place with tissues or nylon ties. The non-slip floors mean that they are near impossible to clean with a squeegee. The site wasn't full when we visited but one morning I had to wait for a WC. Not what one wants first thing. I could have used the loo in my motorhome, but I would have had to walk back.... The showers etc do nothing to enhance the reputation of the Club. Our pitch was close to the road to the car park, but there was no problem with noise. None of these comments are levelled at the site managers who did a great job. Anyone expecting to be able to use an awning (see other reviews) should look more carefully at the pitch description. Will we return? Definitely! But only because the location and views are brilliant.

Highrevving

Motorhomer

Reviewed on 21/10/2023 20:46

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Excellent site

Old Hartley Club Campsite
We had a lovely 4 night stay in October. A lovely site with excellent views and sunrises. Good pub with food close by and excellent walks along the coastal path in both directions. The paths into Whitely Bay and Blyth are well maintained and suitable for mobility scooters etc. it can be very windy at times hence the no awnings pitches however very suitable for caravans and campers

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Reviewed on 06/10/2023 14:52

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What a view!

Old Hartley Club Campsite
The views from this site are fabulous! Nothing more relaxing than looking out over the ocean, even when it’s windy! The perfect site for a coastal walk into Whitley Bay, excellent paths and the scenery is wonderful. A stroll away from St Mary’s Lighthouse too which is a must see! We loved watching the seals and the birds, the perfect way to switch off from normal, everyday life! The staff on the site were lovely and it’s very well kept. The only down side was the dated facilities, especially after visiting other club sites that have had updates and improvements made! Here the toilet blocks definitely need updating! Only one hand dryer was working and getting the key to work was frustrating! Minor problems but I do think the team deserve to have their site modernised! The washing machine wasn’t working either which wasn’t brilliant when you’re away for a few weeks. A very peaceful site though and one we may return to in the future!

Steve Critchley

Caravanner

Reviewed on 04/10/2023 19:27

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A most execellent view

Old Hartley Club Campsite
OK, to start with I grew up down the road in Whitley Bay so I know this area very well, and it is a most beautiful bit of the coast. You get a great view from the site of St Mary's lighthouse, and view across Whitley Bay to the Spanish City. There are three pubs that do food, a chip shop and a Coop all within walking distance. Seaton Sluice is particularly worth a visit to see the harbour and the cut. Seaton Hall isn't more than a 5 minute drive, and you also have Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth all easily accessible. There's a bus stop on the main road if you're in a motorhome and don't want to drive, and it's a main route so services are frequent. Site facilities are fine, they are spotlessly clean, and about right for the size of the site. A notice said they will be upgraded, as they are starting to look a little old fashioned but that doesn't bother me. The site feels a little compact. The Club has done the best it can to make sure everyone gets a decent view, but you get a small feeling of being like sardines in a can. Our pitch was just enough gravel to get the carvan on, then put the car alongside. I don't think I saw any pictches with awnings but I could be wrong. I don't think this can be helped, unless they did a major remodelling and increased the size of the pitches to the standard caravan + awning + vehicle size. There's no playground or area for kids to kick a ball around. My main caveat is the price. It's an expensive site, and for a basic hard standing pitch with no awning, I think it is overpriced. We'd just come form a CL site in Scotland that was a fully serviced pitch with awning, for £24 a night. We chose this site as we were visiting for my mum's birthday, and preferred to be close to Whitley Bay. I doubt I'd book again unless prices drop a lot out of high season. There is a public carpark against the south edge of the site; I'd suggest you don't choose a pitch next to it as it gets the usual night time visits from cars who want to test their stereos. It needs locking up at night but that's an issue for the Club and local residents to take action on.

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Reviewed on 11/09/2023 11:44

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What a view

Old Hartley Club Campsite
Wow what views from this site. We received a warm welcome and had the choice of plots. They are sloping but easy to site the van. The views are great from them all. You can walk into Whitley Bay along the front and there’s lot of benches to sit down on the way. The pub at the top of the site is great and serves good food. The bathrooms are very clean but need urgent updating. They are beyond small and the water splashes across from the one next to you. The biggest negative is the price. It has been increased so much over the last three years and is now no longer value for money , especially if there are more than 2 of you. It’s a pity as it’s pricing out families.

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Reviewed on 10/09/2023 17:01

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Telephone:
0191 237 0256

Site information

Before you travel

Ahead of your arrival onsite, please check our Before you travel webpage (camc.com/beforeyoutravel) for key information about roadworks or diversions and any site works that may be underway.

Please note that we are currently upgrading onsite Wi-Fi across our UK Club campsites. For a short period of time there may be limitations to the Wi-Fi service provided and a FREE Wi-Fi hotspot only. Please see camc.com/wifi for further information.

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable stay. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

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