Old Hartley Caravan Club Site, Whitley Bay, NE26 4RL, Tel 01912370256
To Find Site:- Leave A19 onto A186, at A192 turn left and in a short distance turn right onto B1325. This is not a bad road but take care at railway bridge as vision towards the direction of the site is not clear. At roundabout cross over and go down the side of the Delaval Arms, go slightly right and then left to site entrance which can be seen ahead. An alternative route (as suggested by the CC) is as above but turn right onto A192 and left onto A1148 (Monkseaton Drive) signed for St Marys Lighthouse. Continue to seafront and turn left towards Seaton Sluice. Turn right at roundabout at A193/B1325 then as above.
Old Hartley is situated on a cliff top overlooking the North Sea and St Mary's Lighthouse. There are just over 60 pitches, however it should be noted that this campsite no longer has any pitches where awnings can be used. The site slopes from reception quite steeply, however the Club has minimised the effect of this by providing, mainly, level pitches with two rows of paving slabs. The awning pitches have an additional area of gravel hardstanding. All pitches are arranged so that you have a sea view. There is one toilet block which is up to usual Club standards but it can seem under pressure when the site is full. Water and waste service points are adjacent to the toilet block which can mean a heavy haul for grey water disposal from the pitches nearest the sea. There is a service point for motorhomes. There are no onsite play facilities for children. Reception sells milk and toilet chemicals.
There are walks along the cliffs from near the site entrance, one being to St Mary's Lighthouse, where, if you are energetic enough, for a small fee you can climb to the top of the lighthouse. Be warned, its 137 steps! Also nearby are the delights of Whitley Bay (?) and also the centre of Newcastle which can be accessed by bus from near the site entrance. The Delaval Arms, within a short walk of the site, advertises that it does food. On the Blyth road out of Seaton Sluice is the Astley Arms Inn which operates an amazingly good value carvery, the only downside is that it always seems to be very busy! Also on the main road in Seaton Sluice is a good chippy but be warned they are real working men's sized portions! The nearest supermarket is Sainsburys which is at the top of Monkseaton Drive( see site directions above) Date of visit mid April 2009. Click on thumbnails for bigger picture.