A lovely posh breakfast and a look around Boroughbridge started the day off quite nicely. Then it was off to Roecliffe a couple of minutes walk from the campsite for our first ‘hike’ with Pookie who all too often wants to be carried and really has little stamina for a decent walk.
We followed the river through several fields, over stiles and bridges and into a bluebell wood, before re-emerging in a field of over-eager young cows. Pookie walked most of the way and impressed us with his stile climbing abilities.
After a quick look we headed away from the river down a little farm track and picked up a main road back towards Roecliffe for a few minutes before again joining a bridleway away from the traffic. The walk back to Roecliffe was quiet and the pace a little quicker with Pookie on his Dad’s shoulders and we made it back in time for a pint in the sunshine outside The Crown and a little giggle at our not-so-impressive hike statistics.
Our first trip away in 2017 has finally arrived. After having the caravan rewired for mains and 12V by our local mobile caravan man (J&J Mobile Caravan Services) we now have working tail lights and internal lights. Our Astra Estate has a new towbar and so it was my turn to drive.
I have to say, 5 hours later and I’m still feeling proud of myself having driven 82 miles without mishap and reversing into our pitch with the very helpful instruction of the Boroughbidge Camping and Caravanning Site warden.
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.
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