If you read my last camping blog when we stayed on a site near Hadrian’s Wall  you may recall me saying that I prefer a campsite with a pub close by, and being disappointed that that site did not have that.

During that previous camping trip, myself and Julie met a couple in Brampton who were asking a local man if a campsite was near by. To my shock he said he didn’t think so!

I did ear wig the conversation and happen to know Brampton does have a campsite, its not got much else apart from the town center and a campsite.

Whilst walking the couple to Irthing Vale Caravan Park we got talking about our campers. When mentioning I was camping in my Splitscreen Camper he said there is a lad round his way who uses his for weddings. It turned out to be me he was talking about….small world!

The couple highly recommended that I visit their favorite campsite i.e. The Railway Inn at Acklington as it was a nice quite site with the pub a stones throw from the pitches. I said how will I recognise the pub, he said its the one with all the broken windows! (Jethro Joke)

Anyway we only went for the 1 night so here are some photo’s talking you through what we crammed in to the short stay.

The Campsite:

Susan & Stuart Collingwood took over The Railway Inn in June 2009. Situated on the edge of Acklington village, located only 4 miles from the A1. Northumberland is famous for its coastline and historical landmarks including its wonderful castles which are only a short journey.

Set in 2 acres of pleasant grounds with its abundance of trees and shrubs, we have 3 self-catering holiday cottages adjacent to the inn, as well as a 22 pitch touring caravan site, all with electric hook up, toilet and shower block, and small park.

Nice big pitches

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Right next to the pub, which is really nice, loads of character, fantastic pint and food (with plenty local produce).

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Here is the pub

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Here are the pitches at the other side, their are grass and hard standing available and the hard standing have grass as well so you could put a tent up with your camper.

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The toilets / showers are clean, and fit for purpose.

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It even attracts posh people with lovely brand new 2015 plate T5’s.

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The Walk:

You get a leaflet when you get allocated your pitch and it tells you where to go for a nice walk to Felton, which is 3 miles away and 3 back obviously. For convenience here are the instructions for the walk but I have added some photo’s along the way.

Turn left out of the gate and over Railway Bridge. Opposite the Livestock Mart is a path through the forest. Here is Julie showing the path:

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You can walk all the way to West Thirston / Felton on this path (3 miles)

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What a lovely view, not bad scenery either!

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You finally come out here which is West Thirston on 1 side and Felton on the other.

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I highly recommend that you stop for a cuppa and a cake or even afternoon tea at The Running Fox in Felton. If you can get a seat that is because this place was super busy when we went and everything we ate was excellent.

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Acklington Itself

After we walked the 3 miles back we added another mile by going and looking around Acklington.

Here is an old Lotus I saw.

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The Night-time

We went to the Railway Inn for food and it was really nice. We both got a full cod that had been caught that day. Still had its head on which put Julie off but I was pretending to be on The Island with Bear Grylls so I was ok.

Mind you it was the funniest looking pork chop I have ever seen which must have got lost in translation as that was what I ordered haha but I did fancy the cod when I saw others getting it so no harm done.

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After a bottle of wine with our meal we went back to the camper.

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A few more drinks in, I know I should exclude these photo’s but it makes a big gap in the blog!

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Amble the next day

Amble is just up the road from Acklington and is on the up by the looks of things. We had a short visit before heading home on the coastal route.

These are little pods that are specialist shops. Here you can see Julie eating a luxury toastie.

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These are really good quality ice creams available from Spurreli’s

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Just along from Amble Caravan Park here and a nice place to stop for a cuppa in the camper if we had remember to bring water for the kettle.

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That’s all folks, I think we fitted a lot in considering it was just 1 night away.

This campsite is worth a visit, but I have been back again and was a bit bored the second time. I would go back as its not far to drive for a break and its nice to just pop to the pub on-site, but I would say 1 night is enough.

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