Marfit Head Farm CampsiteJune 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C
It was an early start to meet our friend Suhaine at Weetslade Country Park, near Gosforth for a stroll, followed by a natter over a cuppa, cakes and cookies in the van. It was great to catch up!
We dropped into a nearby caravan shop and bought a couple of replacement plastic wine 'glasses'. Proper glass ones are heavy and get broken so easily in the van.
After stocking up with food we drove south to the North York Moors, the countryside opening up before us as we neared our destination; Marfit Head Farm Campsite! We'd booked 5 nights here as a kind of holiday from the usual wild camping. At £13 a night it was more expensive than we are used to paying, but cheap for the UK, especially considering it included electric hookup.
Marfit Head is a working dairy farm with 450 cattle, a few pigs, chickens, donkeys, wild goats and sheep. We were greeted by Angela who showed us where we could park using a copy of the site's hand drawn map. It is always more relaxing to have all the facilities to hand, such as bins, toilet emptying, drinking water and electricity. The sun was shining, so the 3 of us sat outside within our large allocated grassy pitch. Swallows darted around the field, Song Thrushes sang and cows lowed - bliss!
Feeling considerably more chilled out, Vicky took a little time to explore before tea. To her delight, she discovered May, a black faced lamb with Fizz, her very friendly and noisy mother. Merlin the ram was in a seperate field with Jade, the retired beach donkey and her two fully grown foals. The sheep were Swiss Valais; a breed used for both meat and wool. They had had long curved black faces and were the biggest sheep Vicky had ever seen!
Over the track were 8 tiny piglets, just 4 days old, that suckled enthusiastically as soon as Honey, their Mum, lay down. Adjacent to their enclosure was a pen containing 5 black Vietnamese Potbelly pigs, snuffling happily in the evening sunshine. All these animals were rescued and are now kept as pets on this family run farm.Read more