Camping - As Hadrian's Wall is a World Heritage Site, unfortunately free camping is not permitted, so we have a special arrangement with two working farms (one in Cumbria and one in Northumberland), that are generally regarded as the best camping locations alongside the Hadrian's Wall Trail.
Camp facilities - Both of the sites we use, have toilets and hot showers - the second site also has a laundry facility.
Oztents - On a Cool-Camping option, we have a variety of high quality tents on each camp - all of them being versions of 'Oztents' - imported from Australia, having been designed for the rigours of the outback and being ideal for treks like ours. They are not the usual flimsy lightweight gaudy-coloured structures you generally see on campsites, but are framed tents made with a light brown heavier canvas, that blend in sympathetically with the countryside.
Room to Move - Whichever version of Cool-Camp set-up that has been reserved for your use, you will find that you have a sleeping compartment, with a separate sheltered sitting area attached.
Four Accommodation Options - Whether you require a sleeping compartment for solo use, or you would like to share it with another person, we have four different Oztent configurations set up at both camps.
1 & 2 - Two of the tents are similar, in that the sleeping compartments can be set up either as a 'double' (two beds adjoining each other) or a 'twin' (two single beds with a bedside table in between) - both of these tents have an awning with side panels attached, that effectively provide a covered sitting area with an open aspect to the front.
3 - For those who are walking solo (or possibly two friends who have a particular preference for their own bedrooms, we have an Oztent with two separate sleeping compartments that share the same awning - ie there is an enclosed sheltered area separating the two bedrooms.
4 - For a group of three, or a family group, we have a larger Oztent with two sleeping compartments separated by a shared enclosed awning with side doors. The bedrooms are two different sizes - one being able to accommodate either a 'double' or 'twin' arrangement and the other is normally set up with a single bed (including a bedside table and chair alongside). There is however another possible set-up in this particular Oztent, by utilising the smaller bedroom in a different way. This is achieved by sacrificing the space allocated for the table and chair - and placing them within the awning area - allowing just sufficient space to accommodate two beds directly alongside each other. This smaller bedroom configuration can be used by a couple, but is more suitable for two younger persons (as we use it for our own teenage offspring on our own adventures), or two particularly close friends.
Bed & Bedding - The Oztent sleeping compartments cater for one or two beds. There are also bedside tables & lamps (apart from the fairy lights) and ample room to spread out your personal gear, as well as space to tuck it under your bed. You are provided with a double duvet for wrapping around yourself to keep yourself snug, or to easily fold back, if you want to cool down. You also have a nice big pillow.
Seating - Each person has a foldaway chair and blanket, for resting weary legs and gazing at the sky on starry nights.
Dining Out - It should be borne in mind that our Treks are intended to be adventurous. Each tent has its own small one-ring gas cooker, so you can brew yourself a cup of tea or coffee, whenever you like. There is also a camp Field Kitchen set up, with a larger cooker for frying up a cooked breakfast. Next to the Field Kitchen, you will find a table & benches for communal use - that can be situated under cover to shelter from the elements, or on sunny days, moved to a spot where you can admire the view.
Field Kitchen - Both camps have a simple Field Kitchen, solely for the use of our Cool-Campers. It consists of a cast-iron double-ring gas cooker for frying up breakfast, or making a communal pot of tea; as well as a coolbox for keeping the likes of milk, butter, juice, eggs and bacon fresh. Cereals, bread, tea and coffee are also located here.
Breakfast - Cool-Campers pick up their provisions from the camp's Field Kitchen and prepare their own breakfast. Each person is provided with a supply of Tea & Coffee, Fruit Juice, choice of Cereal, Bacon, Eggs, Bread & Butter, Jam & Marmalade. So you could brew yourself a cup of tea, boil an egg, make toast & marmalade, within your tent set-up (which has its own small cooker, small saucepan & gadget for making toast), or you can fry up bacon & eggs on the Field Kitchen's double-burner cooker and join other Cool-Campers at the dining table.
Eating En-route - Getting a snack or a light lunch in a pub or a tearoom is possible on most days - there's even the odd section of the trail where some kind folk have set up a selection of snacks with an honesty box. On those days where the choice along the trail is a bit more limited, we advise on what those sections are and how you can make provision for it.
Evening Meals - At the Cumbrian farm, you can dine in the farmhouse itself (which is also licensed for drinks), or you could have a Chinese takeaway delivered to the camp. If you wanted to go further afield, you could take a five-minute taxi ride into the old market town of Brampton.
The pick-up point (for the third night's camp) in the central section, is a cosy Country Inn that can provide a tasty early evening meal, as well as a refreshing drink.
At the Northumbrian farm, the farmhouse can usually offer a pizza, or there is an Indian takeaway service that will deliver to the camp. Alternatively, we can provide BBQ kits, for you to enjoy your own outdoor cooking. There is a village pub about half an hour's downhill walk away, that does generous hearty meals, as well as a good selection of ales - which in turn, suggests that a five-minute taxi ride back to the camp, is probably worthy of consideration.