Whatever time of year you choose to visit, there is so much to do on your glamping holiday at Wigwam Holidays Woodcroft Farm. Welcome the new year with the amazing Tar Barrels festival at Allendale, spend spring celebrating new life with lambs skipping in the fields surrounded by blossoms.
As the pheasants, squirrels, field mice and voles appear, summer becomes a wildlife photographer’s dream. The hills are alive with blooming heather in full glory, covering the fells in a blanket of purple.
Purple turns to burnt orange as you listen to the barn owls calling to one another in the breeze. Sit back and enjoy dark skies, lit up with the beautiful moon accompanied by millions of stars. Feel the warmth from the fire pit as you sip a glass of prosecco, red wine or hot chocolate and appreciate a night sky that isn't interrupted by light pollution. Peace with your family that will be cherished forever.
There are also fishing opportunities in the area, we have our own stretch of private fishing on the river Wear which is available to our visitors. The river fishing season runs from 21st March each year until 30th October. A licence is required. There are several good, well stocked reservoirs within a 20 minute drive, details can be provided.
Mountain Biking / Cycling
If you're a keen mountain biker, there are lots of tracks surrounding our farm perfect for just that! or it’s only a 15 minute car ride to the beautiful Hamsterley forest, which is a bikers paradise! Bike hire is also available there! Durham has many disused railway tracks for cyclists within easy reach and cover many miles - routes can be provided. The coast to coast route passes within 2 miles of our farm and offers an opportunity to test out part of its length during your stay.
The North Pennines have been designated as an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty", with spectacular walks close by including the Weardale Way which passes through our farm. There are excellent areas for walking an abundance of footpaths and bridleways are available to explore with a variety of wildlife including Grouse and black game on the heather moor which borders our farm. There are several circular routes from the door – please ask for details.
As the only heated outdoor pool in County Durham, Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool is a popular destination over the summer months. Enjoy a rejuvenating swim nestled amongst the picturesque hills of Stanhope's surrounding countryside. There is also a great children’s play park next to the swimming pool and river.
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Killhope is a multi-award winning 19th century mining museum where you can experience the dark underground world of a lead miner in Victorian Upper Weardale. Put on your hard hat, lamps and wellies, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure - great for children aged 8+.
Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. The Museum has activities for every age; from farm animals for the little ones, a trip down the mine for the brave children, back to school for grandparents and a sweet shop with cinder toffee!