48 hours at Mounthooly Bunkhouse

Mounthooly hostel is in the distance on rolling green hills

Come and experience the beauty and tranquility of Northumberland’s hills and landscapes. It’s a place you’ll never forget and will want to keep coming back to

Day 1: Hills and Landscapes

Start your first day right by walking up the Cheviot, which is Northumberland’s highest mountain (815m). On a clear day, the views from the summit stretch all the way across the Lake District. But the journey doesn’t end there. Once you’ve conquered The Cheviot, the second-highest hill in Northumberland, Hedgehope Hill, awaits you. Don’t be fooled by its smaller size – the views from up here are equally good, if not better.

As you descend from the hills, head back to Mounthooly Bunkhouse for a well-deserved dinner. The bunkhouse boasts a well-equipped kitchen and living area with a cosy log-burning stove, perfect for warming up after a day out in the wild. If you fancy some outdoor cooking, there’s even a BBQ available for you to use. Take in the remoteness of the landscape, a perfect setting to explore the remote hills where you can spend the whole day without meeting another soul. The area is a haven for wildlife with red squirrels, deer, otters, and feral goats roaming freely.

As the sun sets and the valley becomes enveloped in darkness, the night sky comes alive. The only light comes from the moon and stars, as College Valley is part of Europe’s largest ‘dark sky park’.

Day 2: Pools and Waterfalls

Embark on a new adventure and discover the magical Linhope Spout, a spectacular chute of water with a deep plunge pool that is perfect for jumping and swimming. The beauty of this place is special, a true hidden gem. After a refreshing dip, continue your walk to The Hen Hole and Three Sisters Waterfall, a dramatic gorge that takes a huge bite out of the landscape. The Three Sisters’ waterfall pours into the Hen Hole, creating a stunning and picturesque scene. Explore the area by scrambling and paddling to get up close and personal with the stunning water features.

As the day comes to an end, head to The Red Lion Inn, an 18th-century inn with a rich history. It is a 26-minute drive from Mounthooly Bunkhouse in the small village of Milfield. It was once popular with sheep drovers but now welcomes locals and tourists alike, offering delicious food and great ales.

After a day full of adventure, return back to Mounthooly Bunkhouse to relax and unwind. The bunkhouse was recently refurbished in 2008 and now sleeps 24 in two dorms. There’s also a 2-bed room and an en-suite family annexe that sleeps 4. You can rest easy knowing that clean bedding is provided, and free unlimited WiFi is available for your convenience.

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