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.
Northumberland Ne65 9 Aj, 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
35 Ratings · 61 reviews
June 27, 2022
4 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Excellent, lovely site , peaceful, great honesty box fridge and supplies , friendly and helpful in every way.
June 25, 2022
9 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Treated like old friends
It is and has been well maintained, the location is rural and very peaceful. The facilities have been newly upgraded and fellow campers on the whole are friendly. Pitch size is very generous and cars can be parked next to your pitch.
Claire continues to offer a friendly welcome and for returning campers are treated like old friends.
June 12, 2022
7 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Beautiful campsite. So peaceful. Well stocked little shop. Clean and tidy facilities. Everything we wanted and nothing that we didn’t!
June 11, 2022
2 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Camping near Northumberland coast
What an absolute gem of a campsite! Lovely location and site is very well maintained with sizeable pitches. Claire is most welcoming, really appreciated the effort put into the shower and toilet facilities. Also being able to have a fire is a real bonus. Nearby Warkworth and Amble are lovely places to visit. Would definitely recommend and will be going back.
June 8, 2022
9 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Great stay and beautiful spot! Bit of a queue for the (one and only) shower in the morning, but otherwise very unproblematic.
June 7, 2022
5 Non EHU Grass Camping Pitch
Beautiful peaceful setting.
Pitches well spaced out
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, Walkmill 'Hikers Blend' filter coffee, roasted on Holy Island and Morwick Dairy IceCream.
Walkmill promote camping in a natural non-commercial environment, with spacious 70ft tent pitches located close to the river.
Nick & Claire recently won 'Highly Commended' in the North East Tourism Awards 2022 'Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park' Category.
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.