Hill Top Huts

UK England North East England County Durham Middleton in Teesdale

  • Distance markers for shower/toilets queues
  • Daily deep cleaning of common areas
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • 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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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.


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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12 glamping pods.

Black Grouse

Pod Sleeps 4 5 Available
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 2 Available
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.


Pod Sleeps 3 5 Available
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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Contact Hill Top Huts, Hill Top, Eggleston, Middleton in Teesdale, County Durham DL12 0AU

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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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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews


Perfect break away

We have just returned from the best family break. We spent three nights at hill top huts. The pod itself was the perfect size for the four of us. We usually camp in a tent over the summer but I’d lost my confidence through lockdown. So to find these glamping pods was the perfect solution for us. The site was beautiful so well looked after and clearly loved by the owners. The amenities block was super clean and the additional hygiene in place due to covid-19 felt reassuring. The area itself is stunning and a part of the world we’d not visited before. We didn’t manage to make it to the Moorcock Inn for a meal, so I think we’ll have to come back another time to do that. Thanks for our lovely relaxing family break.
Aug 9, 2020 by Rachel

Great stay

Fab stay! Facilities spotless. Great location to explore. Lovely staff. No concerns regarding social distancing. Will be back.

The perfect place to glamp! We had everything we needed. Staff could not be more helpful.

Great location! The pods were spotless as were the shower and toilet block. Pods had all mod cons. We had everything we needed. On arrival, the owner allowed us to check in early as our pod was ready. She was very friendly and helpful. We were also too late to eat in the pub, (our fault), but the member of staff kindly gave me a meal I could microwave in our pod. It was delicious too! Staff also asked us to give any feedback on anything they could improve upon. I couldn't think of anything. We absolutely loved staying here and plan to visit again. Thank you for a memorable stay! 😊
Aug 5, 2020 by Stephanie McGonigal

Great site!

We just got back from a week's stay, booked in a hurry once lockdown eased! The site was great, high quality pods, very comfortable beds. We stayed in the largest style of pod and it was the perfect size for a family of 4. Great to have plenty of storage under the benches. The only thing missing was a couple of extra hooks in the pod for hanging up coats (or wet towels) but I am sure they will rectify this soon. Spotlessly clean toilet block, cleaned very regularly throughout the day. Nice and quiet site, which was just what we wanted. Good base for days out across the whole region. Highly recommend!

Fantastic camping pod

We stayed for one night here, lovely place and fantastic camping pod with everything you need! Would highly recommend it, facilities were immaculate!
Jul 29, 2020 by Helen

Brilliant stay!

We booked for two nights, myself, partner and our Son (3). From arrival to departure our stay was absolutely fantastic. The site is high up with beautiful scenery, the huts are a decent size with a small fridge, kettle and toaster. The staff at hill top are really warm and welcoming. The shower and toilet facilities are cleaned regularly. Our son was upset when we had to leave, we had a brilliant time and cant wait to return!

Great glamping experience

Very spacious, well planned pods in a beautiful hill top location with plenty of storage. The facilities were spotless and the owners / staff very friendly and helpful. My only slight qualm would be the single beds are very narrow.
Jul 23, 2020 by Claire S

Amazing and adventurous

We had the most amazing couple of nights away celebrating our anniversary that we upgraded to a 5 person pod extending our stay for family to visit. The pods are clean and well laid out. During our stay we felt the hilltops created a comfortable and cosy atmosphere to be around. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming even during covid. We had meal in the moorcock Restaraunt and the food was outstanding. This pod is the perfect base to go out on an adventure we ventured to the local park, Barnard castle and high force. We loved every minute and can’t wait until we return in August. Thanks for a lovely stay!

Worth a visit

We stayed two night two adults three kids 11 8 and a 2 year old what a fab little place pods clean cosy and comfortable lovely outdoor area to bbq and sit on site pub staff are amazing little park just down the street so value for money we will definitely be returning
Jul 16, 2020 by Kirsty Wootton

Awesome little glamping spot

It is very well laid out and the facilities are amazing. Very clean and tidy. Would highly recommend it.

Why book with Cool Camping?

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