Norfolk Beach and Broads Camp (36138)
Join us for this camping weekend close to the picturesque Norfolk Coast, a stones throw from Hickling Broad, the largest of the Norfolk Broads. We will be able to explore long open beaches and seaside villages; as well as walks further inland.
Hickling Campsite is a secluded and beautiful village campsite in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, with generous space for tents on wonderfully flat grassy pitches. Facilities are welcoming but not luxurious, including a shower block with hot water and no annoying push-button taps. The site also allows fires so hopefully we'll be able to have a fire as the focus for our evenings.
At the heart of the largest broad in Norfolk and its outstanding coastline, Hickling Campsite is the perfect base to pitch up and go exploring… a stones throw away from award winning, secluded, yet vast sandy beaches; and under a mile’s walk to Hickling’s quaint, traditional village pub, The Greyhound, and The Pleasure Boat Inn, which is situated on the impressive Hickling Broad, making it the perfect place to relax while watching boats glide in and out along the tranquil and picturesque broad.
Over the course of the weekend we'll be enjoying a day walk on Saturday which will include a few hours on the beach (weather permitting) and a few drinks by the water on the route home. Followed by a short walk and pub lunch on Sunday morning.
Please note - Hickling Campsite is a tent only site (sorry! no caravans or campers). Dogs are welcome (please notify the event leader if you are bringing your dog).
What to bring
SUMMER CAMPING CHECK LIST
You don’t need a lot to go camping with Outdoorlads – sometimes ‘less is more’. The more clutter you bring the longer it takes to set up and pack up, and the less time you’ll have to socialise. We are a friendly bunch and if you are new to camping and don't have things like a kettle or stove, you should find others around you are helpful and willing to share. the following is useful advice:
You get what you pay for with these. A cheap ‘pop-up’ tent may suffice in better weather, but a proper tent designed for regular use is a good long-term investment, should you get the ‘camping bug’. Nylon tents are light but can suffer condensation issues. Fabric tents stay warmer at night and cooler by day but are expensive. Alloy poles last longer than fibre-glass. A tent that goes up ‘outer first’ is very handy should you arrive in rain. Dark colours keep out the early summer dawn, but also attract heat in the day when you don't want it but then radiate it by night when you want to retain it.
Please keep in mind that space is sometimes restricted when we pitch up as a group. If you bring a tent big enough to sleep 6, but just for yourself, this may take up too much space. Also we cannot always park cars right alongside tents. So you may have to carry all your stuff a longish distance. The heavier your tent the harder that will be.
An absolute must is some sort of mat, this will insulate you from the cold ground and provide some comfort from bumps and lumps. These fall into three categories – rigid, blow up and self-inflating (SIM). Of the three the latter is the easier to use, most comfortable and durable, but can be the bulkiest.
Sleeping bags are chosen for the season and compactness. Pay more for a lightweight compact model that’s also warm. However if you are coming by car and space isn’t an issue you can always bring the duvet from home! Keep in mind that even in August in Southern England, temperatures at ground level can dip to single figures. If your bedding is marginal some thermal undergarments will be much nicer than sleeping fully clothed.
A torch, headtorch, or lantern:
Once it is dark you’ll need this to see what you are doing inside your tent, or for walking after dark on or off site. However you don't want something so powerful it will wake up everyone else!
Something to eat from and with:
I.e. a plate, bowl, mug, cutlery. Again if you are coming by car you can nick stuff from the kitchen at home, otherwise camping shops sell all manner of folding and stacking utensils. You will need something to clean it with.
Something to cook with:
If the camping site has a café etc and you can eat out, then you can skip on this, otherwise you will need some sort of stove, and something non stick to cook in – a couple of pans and a big spoon or two. Gas can work out expensive in the long run. If you are going to camp often by car, then a petrol powered Coleman stove will outperform most others and be far cheaper in fuel to use.
By heating things that are pre-cooked in packets or tins you can have a nutritious meal in minutes with hardly any washing up.
Remember you'll need food for breakfast and the daytime acitvities, unless otherwise advised.
Don't forget your wash kit, shaver, and a towel or two. Some items worth their weight in gold when camping: earplugs, insect repellent and sting relief cream, plastic bags, a kitchen paper roll, a piece of string 3m long to make a washing line for drying stuff, a second pair of trainers or sandals for walking across wet grass or if your boots are all muddy, if you like a few beers of an evening and don't want a 100m walk to the toilet block at 2AM something to pee in ;-), last but not least a camping chair (otherwise you'll be sitting on the ground or standing!)
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking Trousers: (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof Over-Trousers: essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!
Food & Drink
You will need to supply all your own food and drink on this weekend as per a traditional camping event.
Please bring everything that you need. The nearest shop can be found in Stalham about 10 minutes drive from the campsite.
Friday night: Please bring your own - we'll be eating at the campsite.
Saturday breakfast: Please bring your own.
Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday dinner: We'll be heading to a nearby pub for supper, however you can eat at the campsite if you prefer.
Sunday breakfast: Please bring your own.
Sunday lunch: Pub lunch.
Drinks: Please bring your own.
Meeting & Times
Hicking is secluded and beautiful village campsite in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, with generous space for tents on wonderfully flat grassy pitches.
Your hosts Tom and Jo are delighted to welcome you to what they describe as their ‘little piece of paradise’. As a local couple who absolutely love Norfolk and camping, they decided to combine the two!
At the heart of the largest broad in Norfolk and its outstanding coastline, Hickling Campsite is the perfect base to pitch up and go exploring… a cycle ride away from award winning, secluded, yet vast sandy beaches; and under a mile’s walk to Hickling’s quaint, traditional village pub, The Greyhound, and The Pleasure Boat Inn, which is situated on the impressive Hickling Broad, making it the perfect place to relax while watching boats glide in and out along the tranquil and picturesque broad.
Hickling Broad is an absolute haven for wildlife too, being a national nature reserve established by English Nature and in the care of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, there are plenty of boat trips around the reserve for visitors to explore.
Tom and Jo believe that a fire is an essential part of outdoor living, therefore, to save you the trouble of making your own, they have plenty of braziers for you to gather around with marshmallows or simply cook your burgers on, with firewood available to purchase too.
There are plenty of raspberries and apples to pick onsite too, so be sure to bring some extra bowls and your appetite when these fruits are in season…
The campsite also benefits from being in an area with extremely low light pollution, and the sky on a clear summer’s night is truly a wonder. The Milky Way and myriad constellations are on display for your personal enjoyment and, if you are lucky enough you can catch a shooting star or two!
- Spacious pitches for tents (sorry! no caravans or campers)
- Toilets and showers, free to use, with hot water and no annoying push-button taps
- Outdoor washing up sinks
- Braziers for your campfire, cooking, with plenty of wood available to purchase
- On tap drinking water
- Rubbish bins for recycling and general waste
- Pet-friendly (we welcome dogs provided they are kept on a lead within the campsite)
Hickling is the largest of the Norfolk Broads and is the gateway to 116 square miles of Broads and Rivers. As a National Nature Reserve totalling 600 hectares, Hickling is a secret haven for wildlife all year round and the ideal destination for bird watchers, being home to barn owls, bitterns, common cranes and marsh harriers as well as swallowtail butterflies and Norfolk Hawker dragonflies.
Hickling’s nature reserve has a superb circular walk, and there are plenty of marked trails for visitors to navigate their way around, plus bird hides, an observation tower and viewing platforms.
Away from the broads, it's around 4 miles to the coast. Overstrand beach is to the north and huge Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve is just to the south. The nearest beach is Sea Palling – 3.5 miles away – and is an excellent dog-friendly, vast sandy spot. Waxham Beach is four miles from the campsite and is one of the few beaches that not many people know about, unless you're a local or a regular visitor.
The Weekend Plan
Friday evening: Arrive, pitch tents and relax with old friends or make new ones after your journey! We'll relax and eat at the campsite and hopefully have a camp fire.
Saturday Day: This is our main activity day. After breakfast, we'll set off on a day walk. To start with we'll head out into the countryside through local villages, arriving at the beach shortly after lunch. We'll walk along the beach for about two miles and find a spot to enjoy a couple of hours of sand and surf beffore walking back to the Hickling Broad for sun-downers overlooking the water.
Saturday evening: After returning to camp site to freshen up and socialise. We'll visit the local pub for supper, or you can remain at the campsite if you prefer.
Sunday: No rush to get up early, we'll aim to clear the camp after breaksfast, and vacate our pitches by 11am. For those who don't have to rush off, we'll head out on a shorter walk, and then stop for a pub lunch. But you're welcome to leave whenever you wish. The event will finsih no later than 4pm.
How To Get There
From London & the South: Leave the M11 at junction 9 and take the A11 signposted Norwich. Shortly before Norwich take the A47 (south) signposted Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft. At Acle take the first exit onto A1064. After 2 miles at Billockby, bear left onto the B1152. Follow B1152 for 3 miles then continue straight onto High Road/A149. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Potter Heigham Road. The campsite is on the left after about a mile (before you reach the village of Hickling Heath.
From Birmingham & the Midlands: Leave the A14 after the Newmarket Bypass and take the A11 signposted Norwich. Shortly before Norwich take the A47 (south) signposted Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft. At Acle take the first exit onto A1064. After 2 miles at Billockby, bear left onto the B1152. Follow B1152 for 3 miles then continue straight onto High Road/A149. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Potter Heigham Road. The campsite is on the left after about a mile (before you reach the village of Hickling Heath.
From Leeds & the North: Leave the A1 at the junction with the A17 at Newark-on-Trent and take the A17 signposted Sleaford/Kings Lynn. Once at King's Lynn pick up the A47 signposted Norwich/Swaffham. Continue on the A47 past Norwich, then at Acle take the first exit onto A1064. After 2 miles at Billockby, bear left onto the B1152. Follow B1152 for 3 miles then continue straight onto High Road/A149. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Potter Heigham Road. The campsite is on the left after about a mile (before you reach the village of Hickling Heath..
By Public Transport:
Train & bus - Take the train to Norwich and then on to Great Yarmouth or North Walsham. The Hickling Cross Roads bus stop is ¼ mile away. Bus Services ROUTE 34 – between Stalham and North Walsham; ROUTE 6 – between Great Yarmouth and North Walsham. Note - bus services finish running quite early.
Train & Taxi - Take the train to either Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead, or Acle and then get a taxi.
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