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Windmills have a certain charm that appeals to us all, kids and big kids alike. With their graceful sails and iconic outline, they are a much-loved part of the UK countryside. If you fancy getting a fix of wind-powered magic, we bring you six of the best windmill walks in England… Windmills give a nod back to times when wind power was not seen as a modern form of renewable energy, but rather a labour-saving advancement that transformed tasks such as land drainage and the production of flour. Film and TV shows have tapped into our fascination with these architectural icons, bringing us windmill-dwelling characters like Windy Miller in the children’s show, Camberwick Green, and the Potts family in the film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Why not capture some of that magic with a windmill walk.

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hiking
2 days ago

Skim now doing takeaway food and drink to keep you going during lock down!

Overall nice walk. Got to see lots of animals which was a nice touch, mixture of terrain from fields to small paths. Finding the route around the golf course was abit complicated. Overall a nice short walk, took about the 2 hour mark.

Great walk, with some lovely waterside paths at times, a few stiles, lots of horses in nearby fields. Took about 1hour 25 mins with a baby carrier, definitely not pushchair friendly! Great pub near the end “Skimmington Castle” if you time it right for lunch.

hiking
flooded
1 month ago

The seals! So worth it to see them...and the dunes were wonderful too!

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muddy
2 months ago

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flooded
muddy
3 months ago

Great walk but as trail follows bridle way for some distance, and due to the recent rain, this was very muddy and boggy (end February). Will probably do again in dryer times, as there are interesting things along the way- Mole river and ponds etc. If you’re lucky you can buy eggs from the Granary from an honesty box. They were sold out today unfortunately.

Following Harrys shorter walk in the review I took short cuts too as wanted an hour or 2 walk maximum. I parked in the lay by opposite the windmill, went and looked around the mill. Then walked down the road and hill into the village. The turning to go off along the lake and canal is a bit hidden after the pub opposite the pond. Beautiful area, some pigs, horses and a donkey on our route.

Made our own little shortcut which more or less halves the route but it was great. Will try the full walk one day when the puppy can manage 8km

Lovely, relatively easy walk. Taking in the amazing cliffs and rock formations of Marsden. Then up into the hills with wonderful views of both Newcastle and Sunderland cities. Well worth 2 to 3 hours walking!

running
closed
7 months ago

The coastal path from the caravan site to Souter is closed. There is a path on the other side of the road that you can access directly at the end of the bridleway. The path takes you to Souter.

Loved this walk, especially as it was a sunny September day! Will definitely be doing this again.

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closed
8 months ago

Part of the coastal path is closed due to erosion. Rest all great though!

Very nice trail through woods, fields nice views and wildlife would recommend, took as longer cos we Have a newborn, overall would recommend, there’ is a bridge out halfway through trail have uploaded a photo, just walk around.

This is a lovely walk- just be warned that at the moment (25 June) the path is blocked by fallen branches as you reach the road by Wonham Mill. You can get past- but you do need to climb over! (See photo)

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic walk

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muddy
over grown
11 months ago

This was a great Father’s Day walk. We had our 6 month old in a baby carrier and it was a great length with great views and all relatively flat. We were moving for about 2 hours or so and stopped a couple of times. Met some lovely people along the way and even bought some fresh eggs from a very friendly golden retriever dog breeder who lives in the prettiest of cottages you’ll ever see. It was raining when we started and we almost didn’t go, but very glad we did, despite a few muddy paths. There were a couple of overgrown paths with nettles and brambles but in the main not too bad considering it’s June and we’ve just had tons of rain and sun in the past few weeks. We shall definitely do this one again!

Really good and very pretty but watch out for the road walk at the end

Lovely walk, beautiful landscapes and millpond. May 2019

We loved this walk, but we did encounter some (super friendly) loose dogs near the farmhouse. They were lovely, and our (on lead) dog was delighted to meet them, but a nervous dog may not have been comfortable - one was large and very excited to have a visitor!

Nice varied walk for Easter Day. We spent ages at the Pumping Station and they have a lovely cafe so we were well fortified for the rest of the walk. Good directions plus new signage in the Woods meant that we didn’t get lost once, which is always a bonus for us!

Interesting walk with the pillboxes and windmill. Easy to follow instructions!

great walk. fabby x

Lovely. Not too busy and nice and quiet plus Skim for a beer

Sun Sep 04 2016

We started from the Skimmington Castle PH (between points 1 & 2). Large car park behind. Enjoyed the walk!

steam day at crofton and bluebells made this a fabulous walk. Even a bride turning up for her very posh looking wedding at the end in Great Bedwyn

A really lovely varied walk - canal, woods, historical interest. The windmill site has picnic tables and benches which make for a perfect halfway stop for a picnic - yes, even on 20th March it was warm enough to stop for a picnic.

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