Bellingham Show Coming Up

Some info on the Bellingham show –

A beautiful day for a walk

Yesterday saw the clearest skies we’ve had in some time here in Northumberland – and what a day for a walk. The cottage of course, being on the very edge of town, is ideally suited as a base for various walks and this is probably one of the best. Hareshaw Linn.

The walk takes you to the excellent Hareshaw Linn waterfall in Northumberland National Park and begins in the village of Bellingham itself, or put another way, out of the back door of Hollyberry cottage, 100 yards down the road and you are on your way.

Following footpaths through ancient woodland and over six bridges to the 9 metre high waterfall, on the way you will pass a series of smaller waterfalls. Look out for red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers, wood warblers, badgers and bats.

Linn is an Old-English name for a waterfall and the woodland walk follows the Hareshaw Dene up to the Linn and back. We set off at lunchtime for a casual walk and it took us until maybe 2pm, meeting people along the way,noting the remains of the old dam that supplied at one time, water to local industry.  Lots of history here.

We had a great time despite frost along the way, as our cat Simba decided to follow us for much of the uphill journey (though at some point, not unusually, he got side-tracked).

Simba following us from Hollyberry Cottage to Hareshaw Linn

The scenery is magnificent – as good as you’ll see anywhere, yet easily accessible from the cottage.


Along the way you’ll see some amazing stuff – like a fallen tree and stump jam-packed with embedded coins – LOTS of coins. There are signposts with explanatory notes at the base of the walk, a mere few minutes from the cottage.

Lots of embedded coins


Along the way to Hareshaw Linn

And at the end of a wonderful walk – time to stop for a biscuit and enjoy the waterfall.

The waterfall at Hareshaw Linn

After a brief stop to enjoy the scenery and relax, we headed off back down to the cottage, arriving there late afternoon, just in time for a nice cup of coffee.

Sunset in Bellingham, January 2017

Note that if you are planning to do this walk, boots are a good idea. Having chosen entirely the wrong gear for the walk, I spent much of it sliding all over the place.

If you are visiting and want to know more about this area, pop into the local Tourist Centre, but beware, most of the online maps out there have the directions completely wrong – except for Google which has excellent directions to the cottage and to the centre. The Bellingham Tourist Information Centre is less than 5 minutes walk from Hollyberry Cottage.

January in Bellingham

While we can’t claim tropical temperatures at this time of the year, we’re certainly having a run of luck. Today sees the first real snow we’ve had this year and even then it is light. Crisp but as you can see we still have some blue sky – comparing that to other parts of the country – we’re very lucky so far.

January in Bellingham

January in Bellingham

A Great August in Bellingham

The Bellingham show (27th August) is now over for another year – put the date in your diaries for next year. See their Facebook page.  Weather is looking ok – a little rain but still warm.

2016 Updates for Hollyberry Cottage

Lots going on – we’ve completely re-done the downstairs bedroom which now has vastly improved lighting… we’ve now properly cleaned out and insulated the bike storage area outside updated the parking area with new gravel and a new sign  in that area which is now considerably improved.

Coming up:

25th May 2016 – Heritage Centre – guided walk to discover the natural history of Hareshaw Linn.

27th August 2016 the Bellingham Show.

11th September 2016 – Heritage Centre – guided  Walk of Hareshaw Common and the Pennine Way

More to come – I just thought I’d do a quick update.

Piping Hot Water

At last – a perfectly working heating system! 3 months it has taken and I ended up doing it myself.

Bellingham Show 2015

29th of August 2015 – the Great Bellingham Show –



September 11th-14th at BrownRigg!! Now in it’s 5th year, Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival is a superb weekend of top quality live music set in Northumberland National Park. A fantastic opportunity to experience some of the best and most established folk, blues and acoustic acts alongside new and emerging talent.

Bellingham Show

Don’t miss the Bellingham show – 30st August 2014!

A Lovely day in April

Just been over to the cottage to do a little maintenance and to fit a new illuminated shower (colour changes depending on temperature – rather handy to avoid surprises!). The weather over there in Bellingham, as it is here, is superb today –  clear blue skies. While I was out I took some photos – thought you might like to see them here.


The Church just outside of Wark


The church Just outside of Wark


Spring is here