Last updated on December 26, 2022 by Wandering our World
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 our top campsite picks for fun, views and adventure below. 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: An Unforgettable Holiday
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.
The Best Campsites On The Norfolk Coast For Fun, Views & Adventure
1. Deepdale Camping & Rooms
This award-winning campsite is situated on the charming north Norfolk Coast. With great accommodation choices and excellent shared facilities, Deepdale Camping & Rooms is an eco-friendly spot with fabulous walks nearby and lots of birdwatching opportunities on site.
Not only is this site spacious, green and pristine, but there’s plenty happening. On popular summer evenings there’s sometimes street food and street trucks in the campsite’s village, they also have weekly pop-up shops, two pubs, and there’s a village cafe that does a great breakfast.
On top of that you can hire fire pits from the campsite so you can roast marshmallows and tell stories at night, or rent a bike in the village to explore the area during the day. This is also a dog friendly campsite where dogs can stay for free!
Deepdale camping is also 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 will be plenty to discover if staying here.
Price: From £13 per night
Address: 1 Deepdale Granary, Burnham Deepdale PE31 8DD
2. 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.
Originally an army base, this campsite is now lush, green and known locally for being in a great spot for sunsets.
You will find beaches, marshes, mud creeks and woodland all within walking distance. It’s a fantastic place for a camping holiday where nature is the priority.
With great views of the saltmarshes 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. It’s also one of the most affordable campsites on the Norfolk Coast too.
Price: From £10 per night
Address: Green Way, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1QF
3. 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.
Galley Hill also sits right beside the marshes so is perfect for birdwatching. In fact that’s one of the reasons we love this place. It’s serene, tranquil, and a place to enjoy your coffee in the morning to the sounds of nature.
Price: From £8 per night
Address: Galley Hill Farm, Langham Rd, Blakeney, Holt NR25 7PR
4. 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.
It’s a dog friendly site too, has very good facilities (including WiFi and laundry), and is set amongst 21 acres of woodland with gorgeous hillside views.
The pitches feel private and there’s lots of space for kids to play, as well as a playground. It’s easily one of our favourite Norfolk Coast campsites.
Another bonus is that unlike many other Norfolk Coast camping options, Incleboro Fields allows all types of camping, including caravans.
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.
Price: From £17
Address: Station Cl, West Runton, Cromer NR27 9QG
5. Beeston Regis Holiday Park
This cliff-side campsite is set right beside an enormous unspoiled beachfront, so has unparalleled views of the sea, and fantastic sunrises and sunsets. It’s pretty special.
The facilities are good and clean, all pitches have a sea view, and while there is no on-site shop, the town of Sheringham – which has pubs, shops and restaurants – is just a 15 minute walk away along a wonderful cliff-top path. There’s also golf courses close by.
This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a hassle free holiday with stunning seaside views. Thanks to a set of wooden stairs you will have direct access to the beach too!
Price: From £25 per night
Address: Cromer Rd, West Runton, Sheringham, Cromer NR27 9QZ
6. 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 family friendly and dog friendly campsite has well-maintained facilities, is set in lovely woodland surroundings and even has a nice play park to keep children entertained.
You’ll have easy access to Norfolk’s rolling countryside if staying here, including Beacon Hill which is the highest point in Norfolk. From there you can enjoy views across the county and out towards the sea.
Or take the hour walk along the beach to Cromer, where there’s plenty of things to do and see.
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.
Price: From £10 per night
Address: Holgate Lane, West Runton, Norfolk, NR27 9NW
Wild Camping On The Norfolk Coast: Everything You Need To Know
DISCLAIMER: Below we give general advice, but we always recommend staying in an official campsite. If you choose to go wild camping/dispersed camping, then make sure you do so with someone who already knows the area where you’re planning on camping for your own safety.
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 in this region, 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 make sure you choose to camp in a place that won’t be in any other hiker’s or walker’s way, 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 & 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.