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Sunday, 24 May 2015

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Pods offer campers comfort

KIELDER village campsite has become the first in the North Tyne to install revolutionary camping pods.

Snug and dry: Walt Kelly, a trustee of Kielder Ltd, at one of the new pods.

The pods, made by Newfoundland Leisure Lodges in Cumbria, are based on a European model and designed with aesthetics as well as function in mind.

They are made to look like Romany caravans, and instead of having to put up a tent, campers bring all the other equipment they need and sleep in the wooden hut.

Made of Scandinavian pine, the two pods at Kielder fit perfectly with their surroundings and have already proved popular with campers.

One of the benefits of the pods is they can go on wetter land unsuitable for tents because they have a slightly raised base and a carpeted, wooden floor.

The manageress of the Kielder campsite, Jan Kelly, said: “They look very unusual, and there are no others in the area.

“They’re also great for keeping off midges, which is pretty important at this time of year.”