Hesleyside Huts, Northumberland, England. The perfect surprise to celebrating what was an ageing milestone in my life. Turning 30 can, for a lot of people signal the beginning of the end of your youth but for me it signals the age of maturity and experiencing the finer things which life and nature has to offer, and more importantly, what Northumberland has to offer.
The breathtaking views from Hesleyside were amazing, as was the hut itself in which we stopped in. We had the pleasure of stopping in the Bracken hut which came with it’s own complimentary campfire to the right of it, perfect for toasting marshmallows on and looking up at the stars. The task of collecting additional firewood was equally as exciting as finding out the hut was well equipped with its own log burner, shower and double bed. Additional wood can also be bought for £5 which can be found near the fence next to the other hut.
If you go well equipped with food like we did, you can expect to cook your food on the stove by using the log burner which is a real experience. It takes you back in time to when our ancestors would have to cook this way and the stove can take some time to heat up, so be careful how you load and maintain the log burner.
The location itself was perfect, as it meant we were in close proximity to Bellingham (Roughly 2 miles) but still cast off from it where you felt isolated and very in touch with nature. Hearing the sounds of Owls during the night felt alien but it is a reminder of how great and wild Northumberland can be when you’re left alone with Nature.
There are many walks which you can do by using Hesleyside as a starting point, but one which we did manage was the walk from Bellingham to Hareshaw Linn Waterfall. We took our bikes thinking it would be a cycle route but after bumping into a few residents we were informed it wasn’t suitable. We chained up the bikes and left for the Waterfall. The walk itself was a pleasant stroll along Hareshaw Linn River in which we encountered many well crafted bridges, steep inclines as well as pleasant descents.
Overall, staying at Hesleyside was the perfect getaway, tucked away in the wilderness of rural Northumberland, sitting on the fringes of Kielder Forest. I would definitely recommend these huts to anyone who doesn’t mind feeling like a nomad and has a sense of adventure. Please be reminded that these huts are popular and it’s advised to book them well in advance if you’re planning on surprising someone for a special occasion.