Hill Top Huts

UK England North East England County Durham

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Scenic, simple glamping pods set beside a welcoming Pennines pub

Head out back at The Moorcock Inn in Teesdale and you’re guaranteed to see Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Pheasant and Snipe. We’re talking, of course, about the neat little glamping pods that have sprung up in the backyard – not the moorland birds they’re named after. We can’t quite guarantee sightings of those, though if you pull on your walking boots and head out into the surrounding fells there’s a pretty good chance that they’ll be springing up too.

There are 12 pods in all at Hill Top Huts, with the likes of Dales Pony, Highland and Beef Shorthorn completing the roll call. More than just a nod to the area’s animals, the names link this new glamping site with its owners, the Souters, who have farmed the area for more than 30 years. And best of all, the meat from their award-wining cattle (the Beef Shorthorn) is available on the mouthwatering menu at The Moorcock Inn. The food miles are low with just three miles separating pasture from pub (and pods) or ‘from gate to plate’, as the Souters like to say.

The pleasing green credentials aren’t the only thing that help you rest easy here. The pods have comfy fixed beds, a solid roof and an electricity supply while there’s a kettle, lights and plug sockets should you require them. It’s camping for glampers, and glamping for campers. Perfect for those who love the great outdoors but find little joy in the pitching of tents, inflating of air beds and the slow boiling of kettles on wobbly camp stoves. If you like the self-catering side of camp life, you can pick up some of that locally-reared meat to barbecue from the on-site shop but, of course, a hearty pub dinner is only ever a few steps away.

It’s easy to keep it local in other ways too. These well-named Hill Top Huts offer panoramic views and great walking with both the Teesdale and Pennine Ways not far from site. The pub and its pods sit within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, one of the area’s must-see sights, High Force – England’s biggest waterfall – is just seven miles away. And, as it’s located on the road linking the riverside market towns of Middleton-in-Teesdale and Barnard Castle, it’s also a great base from which to discover both.

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Facilities

There’s an undercover washing-up area and laundry area as well as 7 toilets and 5 showers - including an accessible wet room, toilet and baby change. The pods come in three different sizes, sleeping between 3 and 5 people each. 2 pods are wheelchair accessible. All of the pods have electric hook-up for lights and power sockets and are kitted out with a small fridge, kettle, microwave and toaster. They have fixed and folding beds. Outside each pod is a little decked area with a canopy/porch area and a boot box. There’s also a picnic table and a paving slab where guests can use disposable BBQs - available to buy from the on-site shop. Bedding, crockery and cutlery are available to hire on request -at an extra cost. There’s free WiFi throughout site. Campfires are not allowed.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Couples, families, groups and dogs all welcome.

Nearby

The village playground, Eggleston Play Park, is just 200-metres away and will keep younger kids happy with its zip wires, swings and slides. For longer walks, you’re spoilt for choice. The Teesdale Way passes close by the site and offers a route down to the river. The site is also only about 4 miles from the Pennine Way – with Middleton-in-Teesdale a handy place to join it. The site is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty and it’s about 7 miles to the Bowlees Visitor Centre (01833 622145) where you can find out about the area or set off on a walk to England’s biggest waterfall, High Force (01833 622336) its little sister, Low Force, or to the Moorhouse Nature Reserve (01833 622374). The historic market town of Barnard Castle, named after the 12th century fortress (01833 638212) at its heart is also about 7 miles from site. As well as the castle, the town is home to the Bowes Museum (01833 690606) and lots of independent shops and eateries. Another popular place to visit is Hamsterley Forest - famous for its walking, mountain biking and Gruffalo trails.

Opening Times

All year.

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Accommodation

12 glamping pods.

Black Grouse

Pod Sleeps 4
Our medium sized pod can sleep 4 people with a double bed with a mattress as well as 2 bench seats that covert into two singles. The pods are fully insulated with lockable french doors and double glazed windows

Red Grouse

Pod Sleeps 5
Our 5 person pod has a fixed double bed with mattress, 2 bench seats that covert into a single bed and double bed. You also have a fridge and storage space under the seats.

Partridge

Pod Sleeps 3
Our small pod can comfortable sleep 3 people, the bench seats convert into a double bed and there's also a single bed. The pods are fully insulated with lockable french doors and double glazed windows

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Getting There

From Barnard Castle, take the A67 north towards Stainton Grove for a couple of hundred metres before turning left on to the B6278/Harmire Road. Follow this road for 5 miles and continue when it merges with the B6282 for half a mile. When you reach a triangular island in the road, turn right to return to the B6278 towards Eggleston. After a further 800 metres The Moorcock in is on the right with Hill Top Huts behind.

The closest railway station is at Bishop Auckland, 19 miles away. From there you can take a bus to Barnard Castle with a connection to Middleton-in-Teesdale. The bus stop is half-a-mile from site.

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