Home to picturesque beaches, rugged coastline and quaint villages, camping on the Norfolk Coast is a getaway second to none. This region is an instant heart-stealer for its dramatic vistas, and is one of the UK’s top coastal destinations. With that being the case, it’s no wonder camping on the Norfolk Coast is becoming more and more popular every year.
There are several great campsites in and around the Norfolk Coast to choose from – we recommend some of our top picks in this article. We also look at wild camping on the Norfolk Coast later in this article too.
So grab your tent and some great company – let’s begin your Norfolk Coast camping adventure!
Camping on the Norfolk Coast
This area boasts beautiful bays and sandy coves, with the occasional rugged piece of headland – making it an ideal region for exploring, hiking, and reconnecting with nature.
The stunning Norfolk Coastal Path and The Peddars Way both run through this region, and we really recommend walking some of each as they showcase this area of the country so well.
If you are planning a walking and camping holiday then a good Norfolk walking book – like this one – may be useful.
However, if you’re looking for some great campsite recommendations, below we share a few of our favourite campsites on the Norfolk Coast, before then looking at wild camping.
Some of the best campsites on the Norfolk Coast
Deepdale Camping & Rooms
This award-winning campsite is situated on the charming north Norfolk Coast. With great accommodation choices, Deepdale Camping & Rooms is an eco-friendly spot with fabulous walks nearby and lots of birdwatching opportunities on site.
It’s close to the scenic marshes towards Brancaster and Wells, where visitors will enjoy wildlife spotting while walking. With plenty to explore on the coastline too – like dunes, and beaches – as well as local towns like Holkham Hall and Wells-next-the-sea, there should be plenty to discover if staying here.
Highsand Creek Campsite
This wonderful campsite has spacious pitches, basic but clean facilities, and sits on the edge of a fascinating saltmarsh which is rich in wildlife, flora and fauna. It’s also in the perfect location for exploring the North Norfolk coast.
With great views and walks surrounding the campsite, as well as transport links and a pub nearby, this place is easily one of our favourite campsites in the region.
Galley Hill Farm Camping
Set on a farm in scenic surroundings, this peaceful and relaxed campsite has spotless – albeit basic – facilities. It’s right beside the Norfolk Coastal Path too, as well as the quaint coastal village of Blakeney and its several pubs and shops.
If you’re lucky you can spot seals at nearby Blakeney Point, which sits in a stunning National Nature Reserve that’s managed by the National Trust.
Incleboro Fields Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite
We like this site as it’s perfectly situated to explore the South Norfolk coast, as you can walk to Sheringham and Cromer – via the beach if you like – and the lovely village of West Runton. If you hike up the nearby Incleboro Hill you will also be treated to gorgeous panoramic views across the coast, while the nearby railway station is ideal for trips to Norwich.
It’s a dog friendly site too, has very good facilities, and is set amongst woodland and grassy field. Easily one of our favourite Norfolk Coast campsites.
Beeston Regis Holiday Park
This campsite is set right beside an enormous unspoiled beachfront, so has unparalleled views of the sea, and fantastic sunrises and sunsets.
The facilities are good and clean, and while there is no on-site shop, the town of Sheringham – which has pubs, shops and restaurants – is a ten minute walk away. It’s a great place to stay if you’re looking for a hassle free holiday.
West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club
From beautiful walks along the stunning coastline to peaceful strolls in the countryside, West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club offers campers the best of both worlds.
The friendly clean campsite has easy access to Norfolk’s rolling countryside, including Beacon Hill which is the highest point in Norfolk, and has views across the county and out towards the sea.
After a fun day’s trek campers can enjoy great seafood and a pint at the Rocky Bottoms restaurant – just 0.6 miles from the campsite.
Wild camping on the Norfolk Coast
Like other areas of England, wild camping on the Norfolk Coast is not technically allowed – that includes wild camping on the beaches along the Norfolk Coast.
However people do still camp here, and campers are allowed to pitch their tent if they have the permission of a landowner – although that’s often easier said than done.
Yet the scenic coastal views and stunning beaches that are emblematic of the Norfolk Coast makes it a tempting destination for wild camping, whether you’ve got permission or not. Therefore if you are planning to free camp on the Norfolk Coast – and can’t be swayed to stay in a campsite instead – we’ve compiled the following guidelines to help you camp in a considerate manner:
You should camp in the same place for one night only, and pitch your tent discretely and in a remote place which will not be easily seen. Therefore don’t camp in or near settlements, someone’s farm or on cultivated land. If you think you’re on private land, always try and seek out the landowner and ask permission. They may request a small fee.
Campers should set up their tent at dusk, and take it down at dawn. A tent that is discreet, blends in with the landscape, and pitches quickly is best. Therefore a lightweight walking tent like this one would be a great investment for someone planning to go wild camping on the Norfolk Coast.
Most hikers and walkers tolerate camping beside trails that involve multi-day hikes – after all, serious walkers need somewhere to sleep! However as a matter of courtesy you should camp away from any path, and pitch your tent at dusk and take it down at dawn.
Respect the leave no trace policy and take any rubbish with you. Leave your camping spot exactly the way you found it.
Camping on the Norfolk Coast: The weather and best months to visit
With mild to warm temperatures, spring is the perfect time to visit Norfolk as temperatures range from 10°C to 17°C, and visitors can see flowers in full bloom and the breathtaking wildlife that can be spotted during the walks.
Summer is a great time to visit the nature reserves, as well as discover Norfolk’s rich history. With daytime temperatures reaching between 18°C and 22°C, visitors can enjoy great views of the ocean and have a pint in a local beer garden. Summer is also a perfect time to undertake long walking trails as the land will be less slippery and hikers can enjoy the longer daylight hours.
With milder temperatures during autumn, it’s the perfect time to avoid the peak summer tourist season, go on hikes, watch the arrival of wading birds and their aerial acrobatics, and enjoy the ever-changing colours of the woodland.
Winter brings the shortest daylight hours and coolest temperatures, but visitors can enjoy the crisp air during walks on the different trails in the region. We love the wide variety of birdlife during this season as well, such as avocet, bar-tailed godwit and knots which can be seen in the lakes.
Recommended for your camping on the Norfolk Coast vacation
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