Walkmill Campsite

UK England North East England Northumberland

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Refreshingly understated private camping in the unspoiled Northumberland countryside

There's no denying Walkmill is a bit special. If ever a campsite fitted the Cool Camping 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. 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, shared only with the lambs and sheep at selected times of the year (though, sadly, due to fishing rules, access to the water isn’t permitted), giving these spots a real sense of ‘wild camping’. 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 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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Facilities

Walkmill’s static caravan acts as an info centre and bathroom, with a hot shower, bath and 2 toilets. There are 2 further toilets located adjacent to the caravan. Use of the kitchen’s sinks, microwave, fridge-freezer and kettle is permitted. Firepits available for hire.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, motorhomes, campervans, kids, and well-behaved dogs – yes.

Nearby

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. Bicycles can be hired from Breeze Bikes (01665 710323) in Amble, whilst surf schools (with private lessons), coasteering and kitesurfing can all be experienced a little further up the coast.

Food & 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 and there are two larger supermarkets in Alnwick, 15 minutes away.

Opening Times

Easter–end of September, however bookings are sometimes accepted at other times of the year if required.

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The Owner Says

A quiet, peaceful campsite surrounded by the River Couquet amongst idyllic woodland walks. Also, a 5-minute drive away is Warkworth Castle along with it's 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 use of the kitchen's sink, microwave, fridge freezer and kettle. Walkmill promote camping in a natural non-commercial environment, with spacious 50ft tent pitches located close to the river.

Pitches

10 super-spacious tent pitches on a flat, grassy area beside the river at the bottom of a sloping field. 9 pitches (on the top level) available for caravans and motorhomes.

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Location

Contact Walkmill Campsite, Walkmill Campsite (nr. Guyzance), Warkworth, Northumberland NE65 9AJ

Getting There

From Warkworth, take the first left immediately after the bridge. Follow the road for a mile, over a railway crossing, and turn left towards Guyzance Brotherwick. Drive past Brotherwick Farm and continue for another ½ mile. Turn left at the bend, up and over a small stone railway bridge, and turn immediately right on to the farm track to Walkmill.

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