When we first arrived at the Wild Northumbrian site, finally after getting a little lost on the single track roads; we were taken a back. Shocked with how remote we felt when still in England. It actually felt like wilderness. Which that feeling is so rare when touring around England.
The hut we were staying in on the 8th October for one night, was placed up a small hill next to a large tree. “No way that can not be it!” but after double checking the wooden carved map – we knew the hut was for us.
There was no fuss or hassle, just wander around to get your bearings and take your bags to your accommodation.
We got there – with a small picket fence and gate cordoning off the stand alone hut from the sheep in the field. Around the hut was a lovely tree swing, big enough for two, a compost loo and a fire put with log stools.
Taking a look inside, it was gorgeous. Rustic wooden furniture and walls with vibrant homely colours on the furnishings brightening the whole space up. I was surprised how spacious the hut felt and was worried before arrival how cramped it would be (especially with a 6ft odd boyfriend). However it was not small but cosy and compact. The layout was well thought out with a wood burner, a table with utensils and crockery for cooking. Then a table under a window with two stools for eating and looking out at the view. The bed was raised with a mountain of cushions! Perfect for snuggling up and getting a good nights sleep.
We looked at the brochures that were kindly provided in the hut for things to do. We took a trip out to Kielder Water and had a lovely drive through some small villages to get some lunch. It took us awhile to get food for lunch, pubs tend not to be open until evening time and villages are very spread out. Nonetheless we found a quaint tea room in Falstone which did the trick.
There seems to be lots to do in this area of Northumberland National Park and also Kielder Forest but we just simply did not have the time. If you are planning on going, I would recommend 2 to 3 days. Theres plenty of hikes, bike trails, the observatory, water sports, Alnwick Castle (home of Harry Potter), Hadrians Wall and the wild Northumbrian organisation runs many workshops on site for all ages.
Bellingham seems to be the nearest biggest town for a good 20 miles. It has all the essentials, post office, bank, cafe, butchers and a local convenience store. We called here for supplies for our cook out!
The hut felt very equipped and they had thought of everything. When camping I always find it difficult to remember even the most simple and essential items. Nevertheless, here everything was taken care of, from washing up liquid to firelighters and from plates to a hot water bottle.
When it got darker and a bit colder we stocked up the wood stove in the hut and headed to the pub which was only a mile away in the little village of Greenhaugh. Northumbria is known for its clear skies and recently the sightings of the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights). That night we kept an eye out but were not so lucky. The sky was still beautiful and the clearest I have seen it all over England. As the night turned to dawn it still didn’t disappoint with a stunning sunrise over the hills appeared through the window. GOOD MORNING!
The shepherds hut was delightful, there is no other way to put it. It was a lovely break to city life and a great escape into the wild. There’s plenty to do and see. Nevertheless if you don’t want to do anything, you can just chill at the hut with a great space for reading, sitting by the fire and star gazing. So next time you are fancying a break for real life you don’t have to look too far a field to find it.
See here for details: Wild Northumbrian experience