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Hill Top Huts

· Middleton In Teesdale, Durham, England
1 acre hosted by Hilltop H.
12 glamping pitches
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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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119 Ratings · 69 reviews
Kirsty B.recommends
May 7, 2024
Small Pod for up to 3 guests
Lovely place, clean and well equipped pod. Staff couldn’t help enough and the food in the pub was amazing..will definitely be coming back
Paul J.recommends
April 6, 2023
Large Pod for up to 5 guests - 5cc5
Decent pods!
Very clean and neat pods. Good shower and toilet facilities (though we went in April and it was very quiet - couldn’t imagine there are enough showers and toilets if the place is full). Well worth our three day stay - good location to explore the area.
Iain T.recommends
April 4, 2023
Large Pod for up to 5 guests - 5cc5
Excellent location, super friendly hosts and the accomodation was incredibly clean. Cannot recommend enough!!
Lauren H.
February 26, 2023
Medium Pod for up to 4 guests - 5f90
Spotless pod and facilities, gorgeous location, excellent on site pub. The downsides are the pod only had one small heater that didn’t heat the place. We had it on for over 48 hours and were still freezing on a night time. Fires/ fire pits weren’t allowed on site either which took away the fun of the camping experience/ any attempt to warm our selves up.
Sophie W.recommends
November 14, 2022
Medium Pod for up to 4 guests - 5f90
Really Great Set Up
The Black Grouse Pod at Hilltops was great. It had plenty of space and was really well supplied. The facilities were not far away and were clean and well stocked all weekend. We had dinner and breakfast in The Moorcock Inn and the food was amazing. Will defiantly be back as soon as we can.
Alex M.recommends
November 6, 2022
Medium Pod for up to 4 guests - 5f90
Great little cabins, beautiful scenery and friendly staff.
Middleton In Teesdale, Durham, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Hilltop H.

Joined in October 2019
From the host
Scenic, simple glamping pods set beside a welcoming Pennines pub in picturesque Teesdale. Great for anyone who loves the outdoors and fancies a bit of fell walking. 12 fully insulated pods that can accommodate 2-5 people in confort. Our onsite bar and restaurant serves traditional and home-cooked food, using meat reared on our farm (approx 3 miles away) and as many local ingredients as we can source.
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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.

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