Claythorpe Water Mill at Alford, Lincolnshire is a former watermill with a wildfowl garden. It is an easy drive from Skegness, Mablethorpe, Louth or Grimsby area to the former water mill which is home to wildfowl, pheasants, peacocks, owls and otters and many more.
Claythorpe is open 10am-5pm but closes at 4pm in March and October. Sometimes it does have to close due to bad weather as it is mainly an outdoor attraction and so it is always worth checking just before you set off if you are not sure.
Prices are £4.90 for adults, £3.50 for children between ages 3-15 years. Seniors £4.50 and two adults and two children £14.00.
You are able to purchase a yearly admission fee, for not too much more, which allows you to return as often as you like for twelve months. Bargain!!
On our visit Pirate Mick and I parked in the car park, which is a field next door to the enchanted forest. In the enchanted forest there are a few swings and slides and little houses to explore. Show me a child who would not love to spend time playing and exploring in a enchanted play town. Pirate Mick had to stop me playing in there all day!! Spoil sport!!
Once dragged away, we followed a family of ducks waddling across the road and through the main gate. We headed to the Wheelhouse Cafe where it is here you pay your admission fee.
In the cafe you can see the cogs and watch the water of the mill. You can bring a picnic to eat outside, but beware you may loose some of it to the residents!! We decided to eat in the cafe!
Pirate Mick and I opted for a sandwich each. We were given the choice of bread and we both chose seeded, which was homemade and really tasty. The sandwiches were massive and came with a small salad, crisps and homemade coleslaw. If you are still hungry there are plenty of homemade cakes to choose from, or maybe take a slice home.
After lunch we went for a walk around. We were greeted by a goose who I swear was saying ‘Hello’. Over in the picnic area there were some lambs who love nibbling fingers!!
We were so lucky to see lots of baby ducklings that had just hatched and watched their escapades of their first few days of life.
I love watching all the birds and animals and I could watch them forever. I discovered that this is one of my happy places. Claythorpe is so tranquil and pretty that time seems to stand still. Looking at the river, the atmosphere reminds me of the classic story ‘Huckleberry Finn’.
If you want to go and forget your worries and spend time with nature then go spend some time at Claythorpe Mill.