Off-grid camping in the wilds of Northumberland, a stones throw from a vast, sandy beach
For sheer dramatic wild beauty, the Northumberland coast takes some topping. The wind-buffetted beaches along this unspoilt stretch of the North East seem to go on forever. With plenty of wildlife, dune fauna and the boundless, shimmering blue of the perma-choppy North Sea, there couldn't be a more fitting setting for a spot of back-to-basics camping.
Introducing Hemscott Hill Farm – a pop-up campsite nestled in the undulating dunes that rise and fall along the fringe of seven-mile-long Druridge Bay. Combining the thrill of totally off-grid camping with epic coastal views and a few basic facilities to smooth out the rough of the wild camping experience, this marram-dotted landscape is an utter joy.
The walk to the nearby farmyard takes you through the evolution of the dunes; from the sand, sea sponge and spiky marram grass near the beach, through to thicker vegetation and then onto the meadows of the farm (geography students take note!). And while, across Hemscott's many acres, there is ample open space for guests to savour the great outdoors, there's also an intimacy here that belies the farm's proximity to the sprawling peaks and valleys of the Northumberland National Park.
If anywhere deserves the accolade 'a walker's paradise', it's not the national park, but right here on the Northumberland coast. Venture in any direction from Hemscott for countless spectacular strolls; from the fossil-strewn beach at Hauxley, to the many ancient castles that dot the northern stretch (Northumberland has more than any other county in England). Hemscott is also on a number of national and tourist cycle routes. And as dusk descends, stoke up the campfire and enjoy the dazzling sunsets as they yield to the twinkling light of infinite stars under the UK's darkest night skies.
Morpeth, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Alison ?.Joined in April 2016
From the host
Hemscott Hill Farm is a unique opportunity to get away from modern life in an open meadow and dune space on a Northumbrian farm. We operate a pop-up site in the Summer Holidays.
Our camping area is VERY BASIC with campers having to bring their own toilet and shower facilities (no digging - please bring a proper loo). There are no electric hook ups and we unashamedly steer clear of that 'fancy stuff' we want to stay as 'wild' as possible. Our farm is on a lovely quiet and sandy beach at Druridge Bay that you can easily wander over to and enjoy a barbeque or a dip in the clean water. Watch the sun rise on the beach and set over the ponds and into the distance.
Easy access to the miles of golden sands stretching from the two beaches at Amble in the north to Cresswell Beach in the south. Explore this 7-mile stretch of Druridge Bay Country Park via the Northumberland Coast Path. The farm is also on the stunning Coast & Castles National Cycle Route No. 1. Small on gradient but big on scenery, heading north, this easily rideable path takes in Warkworth Castle (01665 711423), Bamburgh Castle (01668 214515) the Dunstanburgh Castle (01665 576231). You can hire bikes from Breeze Bikes (01665 710323) in Amble. The coastline's big draw is the hauntingly beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne (be sure to check the crossing times) but for the lesser visited but no less impressive Coquet Island is well worth a look. While you cannot land on this RSPB-managed seabird colony, you can marvel at the thousands of puffins, terns, and eider ducks that call it home.
Food and drink
The Widdrington Inn (01670 760260) and The Plough (01670 860 340) in Ellington are a pair of decent locals boasting a changing ales selection and hearty pub grub. For tasty home-baked treats, it’s a ¾-mile stroll to The Drift Café (01670 861599) in the dunes outside Cresswell. It’s also a second hand book shop. The small fishing town of Amble (7 miles away) hosts a number of up and coming restaurants including The Old Boathouse, and Sea & Soil – plus superb ice cream at Spurreli.