Tracy’s favourite season of the year. The Autumn equinox this year has just passed on the 23rd September. The day when the daylight hours and the night time hours are equal. This season is the time when nature starts to prepare for the cold winter months ahead but despite the lower temperatures and nature preparing to close down for the winter, it’s alive with colour and activity during Autumn – a feast for the eyes – but the peace and tranquillity brings a calmness after the hectic summer months
There are so many reasons why it’s such a good time of year to stay with us at Hadrian’s Wall campsite, not just that we’re now in the low season for prices.
The leaves are a spectacular colour of red, orange and brown and our hardstanding pitches and our shepherd huts are in the best position to see the trees on our site and the trees lining the road outside. Our hedges at this time of year are full of rosehips although the birds won’t be letting you share these. Our crab apples have been in abundance – the rabbits are feasting on these – and on the local walks you’ll find the blackberries and sloes. This is the time for the fungi to appear. I’m always looking out for the lovely fairytale toadstools.
The daily dog walk brings a new dimension. We will never tire of the sunrise here in Autumn. The sky glows a golden colour when the sun appears and the clouds around are a beautiful pink. On the evening walk, the sky is on fire when the sun sets. But you don’t need the dog to see this – the campsite gives you the best seat in the house to see it whether you are in your motorhome on one of our hardstanding pitches or in a shepherd hut, perfectly placed on the site for the most spectacular views
We love the pub! You’ll always get a warm welcome at the local pubs but at this time of year you’ll also be greeted by a welcoming fire – just the thing you need after a day of walking Hadrian’s Wall.
When you head back to the site, you could hire one of our firepits and sit outside under the stars. This time of year is a treat and the aurora is really active at the moment
Out and about, the National Park are organising some great guided walks. There’s a guided mountain e bike trek in October and, just like nature, they are preparing for the winter months with workshops such as wreath making. Check out the Sill website to see what’s going on here https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/whats-on/
Hadrian’s wall campsite is a great place to enjoy all the above Autumn treats. The hardstanding pitches are level, have electric hook up and have great views. We’re in a dark sky area so on a clear night you can sit outside with a warming firepit and you can be treated to the spectacular stars
The shepherd huts come into their own in Autumn with the wood burning stove for a cosy night in as well as an electric heater if you’d prefer not to use the fire. You have your own toilet and shower room, so you don’t even have to leave the hut! For the spectacular views and the glorious stars, you can sit outside on the decking area to enjoy a night in front of the firepit.
While drafting this newsletter, we had the sad news of the vandalism and deliberate felling of the iconic sycamore tree at sycamore gap. We in the Hadrian’s Wall community are devastated as are so many people who know how special the tree is because they have visited it or had it on their list to visit. We’d just like to thank our customers who have contacted us to show their support and tell us of their lovely times there. We know that something very special will be put in its place and you can see updates on the Northumberland national park website here sycamore tree update