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Yarwell Mill Caravan & Camping Park Campsite Review

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If a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life sounds appealing then a break away to this rural idyll could be just the ticket. Nestling at the edge of a sleepy village, surrounded by fields and waterways, makes this site a peaceful retreat.

Yarwell Mill is spread over 27 acres of Northamptonshire countryside and has pitches for motorhomes or caravans, plus space for tents. There are also some static caravans available to hire. A choice of pitches are available from non-serviced, to serviced and super-serviced, which include electric and drainage. Many pitches are located round the centrepiece of the site which is the five-acre lake. It is well-stocked and available for fishing by people staying on site. Some of the pitches are also located alongside the river, making their location extremely beautiful, and there is plenty of open space, you will never feel cramped here.

The park’s facilities include a small shop located in reception that stocks essential items, toilets and showers (coin-operated), facilities for the disabled and a washing-up area. What really makes this campsite so special is the River Nene running through it and Yarwell Lock that’s also part of the site. Follow the river through the site a little and there are lock gates too. There’s lots of activity on this stretch of river and you could spend many a sunny hour here watching the boats come by and enjoying the relaxation time. With Yarwell Mill offering moorings too, there are all sorts of boats coming and going to keep you amused. Coarse fishing is also available along the banks of the river in season. 

There’s no play area on site for children, but lots of open green space for ball games and other fun. But with many trails, cycleways and quaint villages to see, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy. The rural location means the campsite is perfect for people who want to explore the local area on foot or by bike. Many of the public footpaths and bridleways lead through the countryside and into pretty villages. The Nene Way passes through the site and is a long distance route roughly following the river Nene on its course through the counties of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

There’s a good village shop in nearby Wansford and Nassington village, which is even closer, has a smaller shop and a butcher’s. Several pubs are within walking distance, including The Angel Inn in Yarwell, which is a traditional country pub serving bar meals and welcoming dogs.

The Nene Valley Steam Railway is close by and a station at one end of the line is just a 10-minute walk away. The train is an ideal way to travel around the area and, with stops in the cathedral city of Peterborough and nearby Ferry Meadows, it’s a great way to explore. As well as the cathedral, Peterborough offers high street shops and restaurants and nearby Ferry Meadows Country Park has children’s play areas, a café and watersports centre. The interesting Georgian market town of Stamford is only eight miles away and has many attractions such as the Elizabethan Burghley House, an arts centre, museum and many historical pubs and other buildings. It is definitely a place worth spending a few hours marvelling at the architecture.

The River Nene runs through the campsiteThe Yarwell lock is great for walking along and watching boats    

SITE INFORMATION

Premier ParksAddress: Yarwell, Nr Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE8 6PS
Tel: 01780-782344
Web: www.yarwellmill.co.uk
Email: info@yarwellmill.co.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October

Charges: Standard grass pitch with electric hook-up £22.00 in low season.
Nearest public transport: Bus stop in Nassington village, a 15-minute walk.
Nearest pub/restaurant: The Angel Inn, a 15-minute walk away in Yarwell.
Directions: Exit the A1 at the junction with the A47 (Peterborough/Leicester) heading in the direction of Leicester. At roundabout take the first exit onto the A6118. At the junction turn right onto Yarwell Road and continue onto Wansford Road. At crossroads turn left onto Main Street, then in approx. 0.7 miles turn left into the road to the site, following signs.


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