Best campsites for surfing in Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

England’s oldest National Trust Reserve is home to birds, butterflies, and free-roaming ponies.

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11 top campsites in Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve with surfing

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Hunstanton Camping & Glamping

14 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · King's Lynn, England
Hunstanton Camping and Glamping with mYminiBreak is located 2 minutes walk from the beach. Heacham is a large but quiet village just on the outskirts of the seaside town of Hunstanton. Providing a range of camping pitches for tents, campervans, caravans and motorhomes; you could also indulge in a ready-made stay in a Glamping Bell Tent or Shepherds Hut for a Glamping break away on the Norfolk coast. When you stay at Hunstanton Camping and Glamping with mYminiBreak you are conveniently located to explore the beach and its surrounding areas. Between the venue and the beach, you will find the entrance to a public footpath that takes you to Snettisham, a smaller and history-rich village through scenic rural countryside. It is also possible to walk to Hunstanton in the opposite direction along the promenade whilst enjoying the sea air and open views. Our campsite is one of only a handful of campsites located on the west coast of Norfolk and just a 2-minute walk from the beach gives us a prime location for watching the sunset go down in all its spectacular deep orange and red glory. Couple this with having some drinks with friends and family by your campfire or BBQ makes for a wonderful memory to share with your loved ones. We are campfire and dog friendly, and welcome your four-legged friends to stay with you across our camping and glamping accommodation Local shops only 5 minutes down the road takes a load off your mind knowing that if you forget any supplies you don't have to go without, making your experience while camping in Hunstanton a relaxed and fun time. We are a rural former dairy farm by the beach, there are free-ranging chickens and cockerels and they may make farmyard sounds, if you are a light sleeper, be sure to bring earplugs :) GLAMPERS PLEASE NOTE The Glamping Kitchenette is suitable for making small quick meals with the use of a microwave, oven & stove for cooking and grilling and a toaster and kettle, there is also a fridge provided. Showers and toilets are shared with the campsite with the exception of gas powered outside showers that are solely for glampers. We are a VERY dog-friendly venue, we welcome dogs and muddy boots and host many hikers and explorers of the Norfolk Coast, although every care has been taken to ensure very clean accommodation, it is possible that a dog hair or 2 escapes our conscientious eye, please bear this in mind and let us know should you find anything you are not happy with, we will get our housekeeping team to deal with the issue swiftly! Please note that the Glamping Bell Tents and Glamping Shepherds Huts are for 2 adults only with the exception of 1 Adult and 1 Child with prior consent from us, they are not suitable for under 2's and do not come with facilities for children or babies. Dogs are charged at £10 per dog per stay with a max of 3 dogs for Glamping and £3 per night per dog for Camping
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CAMP MELA

5 units · Glamping2 acres · Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia
Child-free tipi glamping in a well-located Norfolk meadow
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Archer’s Field

22 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Norfolk, East Anglia
Scenic, simple camping with North Norfolk's best sights on your doorstep
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Hickling Campsite

31 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Norfolk, East Anglia
Tent camping and glamping within walking distance of Norfolk's largest broad and less than 10 minutes' drive from the beach
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Blue Sky Huts

2 units · Glamping2 acres · Beccles, Suffolk, East Anglia
Our beautiful shepherd huts lie in a private two acre nature reserve in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Sympathetically managed the meadow evolves throughout the year and offers the perfect spot to switch off from everyday life. You can be as active or chilled as you like! Simply relaxing on site enjoying the peace and tranquillity and seeing what wildlife comes to visit is a perfect way to spend a day. Alternatively there are endless possibilities for things to do. Some options include, hiring one of our onsite bikes and heading to the next door village for a vineyard tour, or a little further afield you can visit a brewery and sample their ales. Or why not pop to the coast for a day at the beach - Southwold, Walberswick, Aldeburgh and Covehithe are all within a short drive and offer completely different experiences. Do you love the arts? If so in our local town we have The Cut arts centre who regularly hold an ecclectic mix of live performances and exhibitions. The world famous Snape Maltings is just down the road with internationally renowned artists performing. In addition we are a great spot from which to enjoy Latitude festival!
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Firs Glamping

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Southwold, Suffolk, East Anglia
Our small site of 5 spacious bell tents is the perfect spot for a romantic couples retreat, or a relaxed family holiday in this unspoilt village, just 4 miles from the coastal town of Southwold. Nestled between the stunning nature spots of Dunwich, RSPB Minsmere and the Norfolk Broads, you couldn’t be better placed to explore the peaceful Suffolk countryside. Just throw open the doors of your bell tent to enjoy a beautiful view of the rolling fields, right from the comfort of your luxurious double bed and goose down duvet.
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Mill House Breaks

2 units · Glamping3 acres · Suffolk, East Anglia
Three super-spacious shepherd’s huts in the Suffolk countryside
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Sunnyside Campsite

1 unit · Glamping1 acre · Suffolk, East Anglia
The campsite is situated in a small one acre grassy paddock at the sunniest side of Sunnyside Farm! It is sheltered by native trees and hedges and enjoys a pleasant south westerly aspect with spectacular sunset views across open farmland. X 8 large, non electric pitches and x 1 with electric hookup are generously spaced around the edge of the site, with long grass and wild meadow flowers in the centre, providing privacy and a home to nature, with a friendly communal space in the middle for picnicking. ‘Hempland ready tent’ is a luxury canvas Cabernon tent (non electric). This is ideal for guests who maybe new to camping. or backpackers. cyclists without wanting to carry camping gear or couples who just want a hassle free get away. The pre erected tent has a double bed in a back room, divided with a privacy curtain and a handy storage cupboard in the front entrance space. A windbreak/canopy creates a sheltered porch with a well equipt kitchen and x2 hob gas stove. Everything is provided for a comfortable and relaxing. self catering stay - except bedding - guests will need to bring their own pillows and duvet! We are an eco friendly site with a ‘back to basics’ and relaxed vibe. You can enjoy a campfire - with fire-pit hire, logs and charcoal available to buy from the honesty store, which also stocks a great range of sweet and savoury treats, local and homemade produce, basic food goods and other camping essentials. Complimentary tea, coffee or squash is offered in the store, along with fridge- freezer and free charge points. The shower requires £1 coin to operate. We offer some catering on site - monthly pizza nights, fresh fish and artisan bread for sale on Thursdays, homemade cakes and Paravani ice cream on Saturdays and breakfast baps on Sundays. Milk can be ordered for deliveries on Mons. Weds and Fridays. Here at Sunnyside Farm you don’t need to travel far by car but stay on site to enjoy resting amongst the tree foliage and admire the countryside from one of several hammocks nestled in the wooded area, read a book from the mini library. have a game of table tennis, quietly observe nature and the wildlife. explore the local lanes, explore nearby towns by train or bike, or take a fantastic 5 mile circular walk to the ancient historic church and back via the village community pub. We also enjoy dark sky status here, so star gazing is pretty special and is often done with the accompaniment of a hooting owl, swoop of a bat or a snuffling hedgehog - which, along with other rare animals, are all regular residents at the farm.
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Toad Hall Lodges

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Suffolk, East Anglia
Chic timber lodges for cosy couples near Southwold, handy for exploring East Suffolk's quiet coast and heathland
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Glamp-in-Style

2 units · Glamping1 acre · Horncastle, England
Safari tent glamping in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds within the beautiful grounds of Fir-combe Hall. You can even bring your horse along!
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Nelson Park Riding Centre

3 units · Glamping20 acres · Margate, England
Glamping with a view of the horses in Thanet's largest riding centre.
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Best campsites for surfing in Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve guide

Overview

Nature flourishes amid the marshes and fenlands of the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, home to more than 9,000 wetland species. Explore the patchwork fens by bike, take a boat cruise along the waterways, or follow the boardwalks through the grassy meadows and reedbeds. Look out for birds, butterflies, and dragonflies around the water’s edge, or admire the reserve’s free-roaming herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies. There’s no camping in the reserve itself, but campsites dot the surrounding fenlands. There’s also a wild camping site—reachable only on foot or by bike— just south of the reserve.

When to go

Summer is peak season at Wicken Fen, and the boardwalks can get crowded, especially on weekends and school holidays. Some of the best wildlife-watching opportunities are in springtime, while increased rainfall through autumn and winter makes the wild landscapes appear even more dramatic. The reserve is open year-round, but boat tours and bike rentals are only available from Easter through October.

Know before you go

  • Wicken Fen is located in Cambridgeshire, about a 40-minute drive from Cambridge. 
  • There’s no public transport to the park, but trains run to Ely, a 20-minute taxi ride away. 
  • The reserve has restrooms, a café, and a visitor centre. Bike rental is available, but advance booking is recommended. 
  • There is an entrance fee to visit the reserve, as well as a parking fee. 
  • The boardwalks are accessible for wheelchairs, but advance booking is recommended as access can be tricky at busy times.

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