Willamina on Tour: The Shepherds Rest Campsite, Alnwick

Date: 1st September 2016

Location: Shepherds Rest Campsite, Alnwick Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2AHPrices: £22 per night + £2.50 for electric hook up
Total cost for our stay: £22.50
Our Stay: we stayed for one night in order to watch Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in the grounds of Alnwick Castle courtesy of the Luna Cinema – a truly magical experience! The little 5 van campsite a short walk (up a steep hill) from Alnwick town centre. It has one toilet and a shower (which we didn’t use so can’t comment on) which are both hiding in surprisingly well fitted out garden sheds accessed with a key we were given when we checked in. The pitches are clearly marked and each has a flagstone ‘driveway’. The site has tremendous views across the countryside and the Shepherds Rest pub is found at the entrance of the site. 

What we loved: the site is walking distance to Alnwick town centre which is steeped in history with plenty of little shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby there’s Hulne Park to explore too (no dogs allowed unfortunately) and miles and miles of public footpaths. The fact that there was a pub on the site which served food daily was also a big plus (we didn’t eat there but did have a quick drink before we left). 
What could’ve made it even better: the site was a little run down and sad looking. Nothing that a few replanted planters, a quick tidy up and a little general maintenance couldn’t fix though. We thought it was a little overpriced compared to other sites with better facilities we’ve stayed on, but given that it’s the only site within walking distance of Alnwick, they have the monopoly on that one.

In summary: a great location to explore Alnwick and the surrounding Northumbrian countryside and a site with great potential of only it was given a little TLC. Would we go back…I’m sure we would!