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Walkmill Campsite

· Northumberland, Northumberland, England
10 acres hosted by Claire G.
10 motorhome/tent pitches
Best in North East England: 2nd place
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Refreshingly understated private camping in the unspoiled Northumberland countryside

There's no denying Walkmill is a bit special. If ever a campsite fitted the Hipcamp criteria, then surely this hidden pocket of Northumberland is it. So how did we come to this conclusion? A good question, and it involves plenty of unquantifiable notional nonsense like ‘atmosphere’ and ‘vibe’. Then there’s the all-important location, and this is perhaps the most important box to be ticked. Thankfully Walkmill is set in 10 acres of beautiful countryside, surrounded by idyllic woodlands and the weaving River Coquet, where canvas companions fall asleep to the sound of its lazy, trickling flow and the twit twooing of owls. Interested? We thought so.

‘We promote camping in a natural, non-commercial environment’ is how owner Claire describes Walkmill; and given the site’s pleasing lack of evening entertainment and plastic playgrounds, we think that’s a fitting description. The riverside pitches have vast amounts of space, giving these spots a real sense of ‘wild camping’ amongst the summer meadow (though, sadly, due to fishing rules, access to the water isn’t permitted.) However, if you don’t fancy the midnight toilet trek, you can hire your own portable toilet! The main facilities are always clean and tidy, with many enjoying a ‘proper’ bathroom, located in the site's mobile home, which also doubles up as an information centre and shop with local produce available.

And when you finally tire of Walkmill (if you ever do, that is), the wild and remote Northumberland coast is right on your doorstep. Stretching 64 miles north of Newcastle up to the Scottish border, this dramatic landscape is loaded with impressive sights. Here you’ll find the Elizabethan ramparts surrounding picturesque Berwick-upon-Tweed, the sturdy fortresses at Bamburgh, Warkworth and Alnwick, and delightful villages strung along miles of wide, sandy beaches that you just might have all to yourself.

A real attraction is Walkmill’s abundance of wildlife, both on land and in the river. Swans, otters, herons and kingfishers lounge lazily by the riverbank; kestrels, buzzards and owls dominate the skies; while sharp-eyed campers have also spotted the odd badger. But Walkmill’s greatest asset may well be the space – not just the physical kind but that all important head-space too. This is a spot for a little camping freedom and it does a world of good for anyone looking to unwind.

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95 Ratings · 87 reviews
Omid K.recommends
June 14, 2024
1 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Great campsite in Northumberland
Beautiful campsite. Really quiet and plenty off place for the kids to explore. Love how they’ve left the long grass in the middle. Good size pitches and good facilities. Friendly hosts too. Will return one day - thanks
Pip L.recommends
June 2, 2024
8 Non EHU Top Circle Grass
A lovely first time camping
A beautiful quiet site just outside Warkworth. The owners (and other visitors!) keep the site lovely and clean. Sites are a great size. It was our first time testing camping with the dogs and we couldn't have picked a nicer spot. The walk into Warkworth took about an hour (more our walking speed than the distance!) and it was a great way to spend a morning.
Rhiannon N.recommends
May 23, 2024
10 Non EHU Top Circle Grass
We loved the location and the facilities on-site. Brilliant for exploring the area and coming back to a peaceful and well thought-out site.
Rhiannon N.recommends
May 12, 2024
10 Non EHU Top Circle Grass
Lovely stay in Northumberland!
Very good campsite with Claire and Nick as excellent hosts. The eco shower was great and will be useful when the second one is built to give more capacity. Loved the facilities in the static caravan with the little shop, chill out areas and fridge/freezer. Brilliant views and atmosphere. Lovely stay!
Nick R.recommends
April 11, 2024
7 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Beautiful spot to stay, and a warm welcome from Claire.
Rebecca R.recommends
March 30, 2024
7 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Hidden little gem
Gorgeous setting off the beaten track. Only stayed one night on our road trip but will be back.
Northumberland, Northumberland, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Claire G.

Joined in March 2017
From the host
A secluded, quiet and peaceful campsite surrounded by the River Coquet with an abundance of wildlife. Within a 5-minute drive of Warkworth village complete with historic castle, fabulous beaches and traffic-free cycle routes. Walkmill Campsite has a caravan onsite which acts as an information centre, equipped with a bathroom, hot shower, bath and toilet. Campers can also make use of the kitchen's sink, microwave, fridge freezer and kettle. The onsite shop sells local produce, produced in Northumberland, including bacon, sausages, cheese, biscuits, Northumberland Roasted Coffee, Bari Northumberland blended Breakfastand AfternoonTea, Buston Farm Oils and Vinegars and Morwick Dairy IceCream. Walkmill promote camping in a natural non-commercial environment, with spacious 70ft tent pitches located close to the river. Tree saplings have been planted over the last 18 months to help individualise pitches and create woodland corridors,. Nick and Claire won 'Highly Commended' in the North East Tourism Awards 2022 'Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park' Category.
Nearby attractions

From the top of the private farm track it's a pleasant 30 minute walk to Warkworth Castle (01665 711423). The impressive cross-shaped keep, rising above the River Coquet, dominates one of the strongest fortresses in England. It presides over the remains of a great hall, chapel, fine gatehouse and a virtually intact circuit of towered walls. Half a mile from the castle and accessible only by boat, stands a late medieval cave. Overshadowed by trees on the north bank of the River Coquet, Warkworth Hermitage is part of the Manor of Warkworth, built as a chantry chapel during the period 1332-49. Paddle boarding, coasteering and kayaking can all be experienced with Adventure Northumberland (01665 602925) a little further up the coast or why not book yourself a surf lesson with Northside Surf School (01665 713146.) Further afield, historic Alnwick with its galleries, garden, Bailiffgate Museum (01665 605847) and magnificent castle (01665 511100), is eight miles (20 minutes' drive) away.

Food and drink

Know your Knickerbocker from your Neapolitan? Then you’ll love Spurelli (01665 710890); a boutique ice-cream makers in nearby Amble. Located within The Old Chandlery, customers can stay and watch the world go by from the outside seating area. Take a tour around the ‘Town Trail’ and discover Amble’s hidden secrets as well as searching out bargains at the town’s Sunday market. The fish stalls sell wonderfully fresh seafood at good prices, whilst the Cumberland sausages from the butchers are also popular with the locals. Small convenience stores are found in Amble as well as a supermarket with further larger supermarkets in Alnwick, 15 minutes away.

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