Desperately seeking Bank Holiday getaway
Review of Northmoor Lock Paddocks
Aug 30, 2012, by Jayhutt
Longing to spend some time by the water this Bank Holiday weekend, but unwilling to face the traffic down to the coast, we discovered Northmoor Lock campsite by trawling http://www.coolcamping.co.uk/ We arrived via Appleton village and almost missed the turnoff, busy ‘ooohing’ over the pub www.theploughappleton.com . The descent to the river through fields down the farm track led us to expect a lovely spot and on arrival I was completely charmed at the location, right on a bend in the river, opposite the little Victorian Lock House, complete with roses round the door and friendly Lockmaster. The campsite is just a field in the bend of the river and somewhat boggy after all the recent rain. It has a handily placed wheelbarrow as no cars onsite, and buckets of logs for sale by the gate. A short walk over the Lock to the really clean and warm loo/shower. http://www.manorfarmappleton.co.uk/ Because they limit numbers, the campsite was not over-crowded, but had a friendly vibe. Cathie, the farmer, dropped by especially to bring us another bucket of logs when they had run out. She showed us the two ‘log pods’ which would make a great alternative to lugging a tent or if you were a camping novice scared of things that might go screech in the night. The family-run farm also has 200 acres of SSI woodland where they run specialist outdoor survival courses and also plan to develop and luxury-eco camp using the log pods. We pitched next to a fire pit, complete with log to sit on, then went gathering kindling on our walk of about 40 minutes along the riverside fields to the Rose Revived Pub. http://www.rose-revived-inn-newbridge.co.uk/ Completely away from roads, with cowpats, birdsong, wildflowers and blackberries in the hedgerows, it was a ‘Darling Buds of May’ afternoon. Have sampled the house brew and eaten far too much, we toddled back and spent the afternoon watching the boats go through the lock & snoozing over a book. In the evening we opened a nice bottle of wine, had a massive fire and did some stargazing. For us, a rare and perfect location for a real escape: Proper campfire, burnt sausages, toasted marshmallows and all.