Coalburn Plantation Campsite is Durham City Scouts District Campsite, located just south of Coalburns village, Tyne and Wear.

The site comprises of over 20 acres of semi mature woodland and is 30-40 minute drive from Durham City.

The woodland has a wide range of native trees and is a relatively long narrow strip – between 50m and 200m wide with a small stream down the middle; it’s about 1km end to end.

Vehicle access is off Horsegate Bank (NE40 4JP). Please make sure road access along Horsegate Bank is unimpeded.

Site uses

The site ideally lends its self to small Scout and Explorer camps, firelighting, backwards cooking, forestry skills, wide games, dig latrines, etc.

Site users may cut down brash and trees using traditional tools, burn dry branches, forage for food, make and repair pathways, build dens, bivis and shelters.

Please do not climb the fences or stray onto neighbouring farm land (except on the public rights of way).

The site has a typical woodland floor – soft, squishy and much better suited to hike tents, bivis, tarps and hammocks rather than patrol and mess tents.

There are lots of places you can camp – many of them are a walk from vehicle access. Please remember any users of chain saws on the site must meet Scout Association requirements (i.e. formally training).

There are currently no flush toilet or washing facilities – this is a green field site.

There is also currently no portable water source, but we have lots of 25L barrels.

There is no rubbish collection on site, please take all your rubbish (and a little more) away with you.

The site is un-staffed – please make sure you leave it tidier than you found it!

How to book

Please email our team here and select Campsite Warden with your preferred date and approximate numbers – you will receive a reply to confirm the booking.

There is no charge for members of Durham City District. Other Scouts will be charged a nominal £1 per young person per night – this charge may be waived for visitors whose primary focus is site care and development.

Non Scouting Groups are welcome with charges agreed on a case by case basis.

Current facilities

Tree bog composting toilet


Cleared camping area (for medium mess tent and 20 campers)

Limited parking at track head
A few pioneering poles – but you are welcome to cut more within reason

Pending facilities

Vehicle access and parking
Cooking shelter

Future developments

Water connection and water points
Wash station
Additional dedicated camping areas
Orienteering course
Campfire circle

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