Beadnell Bay or Dunstan Hill sites? - which you recommend?

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  1. GAVLAD

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    planning 2016 trips and have wanted to visit the Northumberland coast for a while.
    Two C&CC sites seem to tick boxes - Beadnell Bay and Dunstan Hill for being near a beach, walking/cycling routes, nearby pub, nearby villages/place of interest.
    has anyone been to either or both sites recently?
    Which did you prefer and why?
    I'm planning 3nts and want to park up the MH for the duration and explore on foot or bikes.
    Thanks!
     
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    The pub near Dustan Hill is good.

    Decent food and dog friendly.

    The site's OK for a club site too. There's a footpath to the beach, about a mile or so.
     
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    Been to Beadnell Bay site - it is a bit open and can become slightly soggy, but it is well placed and the staff are careful to park you where you won't get stuck.

    The staff are first class as Mrs Deluxe needed to visit the doctor and they simply stepped in and helped us sort it. We would stay there again
     
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    Depends on what you want to explore.

    From Dunstan Hill you can get to the village of Crastor easily, there's an old military road linking them with no traffic iyswim.

    Castles and lovely beaches.

    Only bit we didn't like was the site looked like some sort of overflowing festival. Les's brother ended up with someones guy ropes pegged in his awning, they were a bit close. It would depend on what time of year you went, obviously.
     
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    Dunstable Hill is a good site with cycle rides to the pub, the beach and a bit of coast - but it is a bit far from shops! Fish and chip van calls on Wednesdays if my memory serves me, very good they are too! Bus stop right outside the site takes you to Seahouses for boat trips to the Farne Islands and to Bamburgh Castle.
     
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    Dunstan Hill gets very busy. We rolled up there in May 2014 and it was full so we went on to Beadnell Bay for a couple of nights. A nice site but it would be very exposed in an Easterly gale. Lovely sand beach and dunes and not that far from the village. A good wild life spot.
     
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    Beadnell Bay is a bit more basic than Dunstan Hill, but is nearer the beach which is just across the road from the site. Miles of beach to walk. Dunstan Hill has the village about 10 minutes walk from the site, with some small shops, pub & hotel with good food. Golf club is also near which also serves food,coffees, snacks. You can walk to the beach which goes for miles in either direction. You walk through the wood at the bottom of the site, around the field towards the beach. Dunstanburgh Castle is along the right hand side of the beach, also an easy walk from site. Buses to Alnwick & further on stop at the entrance. Barter Books is a great place to go in Alnwick, you will be amazed how long you can spend in there. Good wee CL site on the edge of Alnwick as well.
    Hope this is of some use for you.
    Charlie.
     
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    Stayed at both in oct, both verynice will stay again.
     
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    Either would be good - fantastic area! Kippers or afternoon tea in Craster - mmm! Walk from Craster to Dunstanburgh, my favourite place in England!!
     
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    This is all great - really helpful. Thank you to everyone.
    I think I will book Dunstan Hill.
    Hopefully it will now be available for when we want to go!
    Thanks again! :xsmile:
     
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    Oh forgotten Barter Books @Kelsae2 :) could lose a day in there easily:D.

    @GAVLAD just realised Les has stayed on Beadnall Bay as well but with the tent & motorbike. Walkable into Seahouses (well a stagger back I think he means:ROFLMAO:) It is on the main road though.

    The beaches are all huge up there. We enjoyed Bamburgh and Lindesfarne, exciting as you have to time it with the tides to get over the causeway:).
     
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    We stayed at Dunstan hill a couple of years back and they arranged a people carrier to take us and another couple off the site to the local pub and back foc :xThumb:

    Edit, oh and the C&CC hold rallies on the field next to the Beadnell campsite too.
     
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    Beadnell Bay easier for the beach, easy walk to Seahouses or Beadnell, site quite exposed. Dunstan Hill for walks to Craster or Dunstanburgh. Good pubs in either Beadnell or Craster.
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