old-hartley300This was our second stop at the Caravan Club’s Old Hartley site, chosen mainly as a good overnight stop travelling between South Yorkshire and heading up into Scotland.

We decided on a couple of nights, as we knew from a previous visit that there are some decent cycle routes direct from site, and that the dog walking was very good as well! We used the A19/Tyne Tunnel route, and once through the tunnel, the site is easy to find, heading towards the Tynemouth and Whitley Bay Area.

This is a very unusual little Club Site, small with just 60 odd pitches, a small facilities block on site, but it is the views and location that make it a worthwhile visit.

We were fortunate to get a front sea view pitch, looking out over lovely St Mary’s Island with it’s lighthouse and visiting bird life. All the pitches are hardstanding, but are hard patches dotted around the site, giving as many visitors as possible the best of the views.

Some cars are parked on an adjacent H/S pitch, and no awnings are allowed at all. Pitch spacing in the site middle can be tight, so those who like a deal of privacy will be compromised, but the site has other nice attributes that make up for this! Facility block is up to usual good Club Standard, warm and clean.

This is a busy site, and rightly so given it’s proximity to Newcastle and the lively and interesting little towns like Tynemouth, with its castle and Priory (EH), Whitley Bay and Blyth. Seaton Delavall Hall (EH) is about a mile away, and there is miles of coastal walking straight from the site.

Cycle routes are well marked, with surfaced cycle paths heading both North and South along the coast again direct from the site.

Travel links are very good, with Newcastle’s Metro train links close by at Monkseaton, and buses calling from a few hundred metres outside the site.

Local supermarkets are close, with a handy Cooperative a few hundred metres away in Seaton, along with a very nice Fish and Chip shop. There is a pub serving meals up by the Site road turn in as well, although we didn’t visit.

Dog walking, as previously stated is fantastic at this site. There is a big field by the gates, but the coast path, with access to beaches, runs along the bottom of the site in both directions.

Along with a nice little book swop library in reception, the site has an information cabin, which provides lots of essential and interesting details, including Metro timetables and bus links.

Weekends get very booked up, so advice is to book early if you plan to visit. Site entrance is a bit of a bottleneck at 12 noon at weekends, as we found on our last visit. But all in all, a nice Club Site in a great location, with lots to do and see in immediate area.

A good site for Motor Homers who may like to pitch up and use local transport or cycles.