Snail Spaces: Sweethope Loughs

A CMC Certificated Location, beautifully situated in the middle of nowhere, Sweethope is extremely low-key. Aimed mainly, we would guess, at the angling fraternity it nevertheless suits us well.

The smaller lough

Five hard core pitches, don’t even approximate to level and ramps are recommended. The ground around is boggy.  Grass is rough cut. There  are flies and midges but there is a lake, which is a bonus and the rest tends to go with it.

The pitches are in a contained area bordering onto the smaller lough

Water is  on pitch and the hookups work. There is chem disposal and rinsing water and waste bins. 

Shared showers and toilets are a walk away through the wood. There are separate disabled facilities.

Plenty of walking opportunities.

Management is warm, relaxed and welcoming. 

Cheap and cheerful and perfect if all you want is peace and quiet. We had the place to ourselves on our first visit (Dec 2016) and shared with two caravans on our second visit (August Bank Holiday weekend)

Last Visit: August 2017

Snail Spaces: Sunnyhills Farm Shop

We had previously stayed at Sunnyhills and enjoyed both a good cooked breakfast and some shopping there. It seemed an ideal spot to return to.

December 2016

Sunnyhills is a farm shop and restaurant situated just off the A1 at Belford in Northumberland. They allow motorhomes to stop overnight in their car park. There is a grassed area suitable for dog play. 

On our first visit we had the place to ourselves. Not so this time, when we were one of six vans overnighting.

Sunnyhills Breakfast

No facilities other than parking. Toilets inside when shop open.


Last Visit: August 2017

A great find

We travelled on Wednesday from Megget Reservoir via Selkirk to the A1 near Bamburgh. The road from Moffat to Selkirk must surely be one of the best sections anywhere in the country and it afforded us stunning scenery despite it being a somewhat murky day.

We had chosen to wait for breakfast until we found somewhere en route and I had been promised “A burger van” which I can happily report that we failed to find. In fact we were almost into Selkirk when we saw a sign for The Waterwheel Restaurant, where we had good coffee and a bacon roll.

What a great discovery the Philiphaugh Estate was! We took full advantage and Nell had a good long walk along the Mill Lade and back through the woods by the river.

We did not spare time on this visit for the viewing centre

Sadly the Estate does not permit overnight parking. It would however make a fine Britstop or, even better, an excellent Certified Location or Site in the same manner as the Estate at Brahan has done. We can but hope.

I’m a sucker for a watermill

oh, and for a good door or window

and, speaking of Britstops, I may be shot for telling you that we slept at Sunnyhills Farm Shop (good) and Restaurant (excellent).

An unspecified Britstop in Northumberland


All I can say is that at the Hadrian’s Wall caravan site there appears to be no such thing as the 6 metre rule. We were packed in last night between two caravans at close quarters. How close? Well we were woken first thing by the sound of breakfast TV on our left hand side.

No such problems tonight,

We emptied and filled before setting off, not without problems as the leaky pipe was shedding the patch repair we had done before leaving Kippford. It was a dull grey morning and we were robbed of much of the scenery that I know is there along the wall. It was a short run of about 25 miles to Sweethope.

Vincent on the top pitch of five

Sweethope Loughs is a 5-van Certificated Location sited in the middle of nowhere by the side of a lough, the smaller of a pair. It’s rough and ready with pitches that are approximately level and serviced with water and electricity. It is extremely peaceful, feeling more like wild camping than many “wilding” sites do. It is after all accessed by a private road reached after more than two miles of single track unclassified road off the A68.

The Lower lough

We walked out with the dog soon after our arrival, wanting to make the best of what daylight we had. We set out to walk around the Lower Lough then hoping to circumnavigate the main lough.

Vincent at the Lower Lough

Site rules and the general bogginess of the ground combined to make circumnavigation impossible, so we settled for walking past the fishery and back up to the road. There was plenty to point the camera at so I was not at all unhappy. Better light might have been appreciated!

We love it here and think we shall return time and again. I imagine that it will be midge-ridden in season though.

Tomorrow we leave here and go to Wark, where we have a room and dinner booked. There is a bath with my name on it. I have Badedas. Am hoping for large white fluffy towels.