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Canal Camping
68 reviews
North Walsham, England
1 acre
39 units
3 Glamping
36 Tent
Paddle the waterways, read among the reeds and bask beneath the big, blue skies of the Norfolk Broads at this family-friendly, tent-only campsite
No visit to the Norfolk Broads is complete without getting out onto the waterways that make the place so famous. Woven together with meandering rivers and snaking streams, the broads create an interconnected watery wonderland. And it’s campsites like Canal Camping that really make the most of this natural treasure. Why pitch anywhere else when, here, you can pop your tent right down by the riverside and slip your canoe or kayak straight into the water? And speaking of Canoe, Canal Camping gives you the opportunity of hiring a Canoe, and if that isn't enough adventurous, they also have Paddle boards available! (For more information please contact the site.) Made up of little more than a grassy meadow, with a shower and toilet cabin at one end, a covered washing-up space and drinking water taps dotted about, this simple tent-only campsite offers camping on a casual scale. There are no designated pitches – simply find a nice spot that suits – and campfires are very much permitted, with the scent of wood smoke in the air and the sound of crackling logs backtracking the birds. On one side of the wash-cabin an OS map is pinned to the wall. It’s a good way to get your bearings before you go out in a boat or take off by bike. You can see the canal running through the local village of Dilham, from Wayford Bridge to Antingham. It was built in the 19th century to help transport agricultural goods and, while today parts are being restored to their former beauty, other stretches have not changed for more than 100 years, retaining a semi-wild charm where nature has taken over. Further south, meanwhile, the waters feed into the large lake at Ant Broads and Marshes National Nature Reserve, where you can explore on boardwalks and signed pathways. In total, the national park has 125 miles of navigable waterways, so you’re never going to see it all. But Canal Camping certainly offers a very enviable starting point. Between marshmallow toasting, jaunts to the nearby pub and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of the camping meadow, getting out and about always takes a little more time than you expected. But that’s the pace of life this riverside place can’t help but instil: Slow, relaxed and meandering.
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North Walsham, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jo .Joined in January 2017
46 Ratings · 68 reviews
Julia S.
June 14, 2022
Grass Pitch
This is a lovely setting for a campsite. It's easy for children to meet and play and the facilities are kept really clean, and there are enough of them. Being next to the canal is also a treat. It's not crowded and the atmosphere is relaxed. The children enjoyed visiting the horses in the adjacent field. Sadly the showers are a let down as the hot water is very unreliable - we stayed for three nights and were never able to have a hot shower. It puts me off from staying here again, it's not much fun trying to get children to take a luke-warm shower on a luke-warm day. I would also recommend not buying firewood from here - it just doesn't burn well. There's a garden centre 5 mins up the road you can buy good kindling and kiln-dried logs from which burns much better.
Mark R.recommends
June 12, 2022
Grass Pitch
Canal Camping rocks!
The site location was remote but easy to find, and only a half hour drive to the coast. The site was huge, with large mown pitches with room for a large tent and car were spaced a good 20+m apart. The ground was good quality grass, totally flat and peg friendly. Each pitch had a large fire bowl with a grill plate. Fire lighters are free, bags of wood are available to buy. The central facilities were excellent, well built quality flushing WC’s, hot showers and large washing up sinks. Everything was spotlessly clean and in perfect working order. The site was well managed, and the no noise after 10pm was respected. I really enjoyed my weekend at Canal Camping and would not hesitate to use it again.
Sarah R.
June 7, 2022
Grass Pitch
Not good for a peaceful pitch.
Camping here was definitely a game of two halves. The first half being delightful. Plenty of room between pitching areas, great fire pit (but definitely not ideal to cook on, so do bring your own is my advice, especially for that all important morning brew), good facilities and super tranquil. However later in our stay we had one very large group of teenagers pitch up - the campsite became a bit of a football pitch/games area by us, and the drinking, dancing and partying went around the clock burning as many sacks of logs throughout the night and day as they could carry… The tranquility we’d originally enjoyed was gone. A shame really as it ruined our experience and we packed up and left a day early as a result. We booked thinking this would be a relatively quiet campsite as they advertise no noise after 10pm, but with large and young groups permitted that’s not really the reality. A big spacious site that I appreciate appeals to those who fancy a mini festival type experience with your friends but not for us I’m afraid. Would be better if the campsite had been more transparent as I would’ve merrily booked somewhere else more peaceful.
Louise A.recommends
June 7, 2022
Grass Pitch
Canal Camping is a lovely, small campsite. It is in a quiet location, has a low key vibe, and is kept clean and tidy. There is a road right next to it but there is very little traffic so it wasn't a problem. However, the best thing about the site is the canal and the option to hire a canoe and go exploring. The first bit of canal is narrow, a little overgrown and mostly disused. This made it feel like a mini adventure! We then canoed up to the pub for lunch, went down another stream and then came back. So relaxing!
Elizabeth R.recommends
September 28, 2021
Grass Pitch
What an amazing site! The toilets, showers and outdoor washing up facilities were spotlessly clean. The freedom to pick your spot and move the fire pit near to you. The smell of woodsmoke from the fire pits around the site and cooking over a wood fire. If you want to relax in peace and quiet and experience a slower pace of life I can absolutely recommend this site. Canal Camping Dilham - you are do a fantastic job, please don’t change anything! I will be back next year you can count on it!! 😁👍👍
Katharine S.recommends
September 14, 2021
Grass Pitch
I can honestly say this is probably the best campsite I've been to. The campsite itself is very clean with good facilities. It was so peaceful and had a very relaxed vibe. The main reason we booked was for a weekend of kayaking the broads. It was lovely to have access to the canal straight from the campsite. Just be aware that the first part of the canal is quite overgrown but we had fun making our way through it anyway. I'll definitely be booking again next summer!
From the host
Located in Dilham, Norfolk, our tucked away campsite is nestled among the water, the reeds and the beautiful skies. Canal Camping caters for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure, with the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals. After a long day exploring this beautiful part of Norfolk, come back to your camp for hot showers, clear skies for star-gazing, open campfires for toasting marshmallows, and fantastic pubs within walking distance. What more could you ask for!?
Nearby attractions
Bring bikes along to enjoy the car-free routes, though canoes and kayaks are the best ways to explore this watery wonderland.Canal Camping caters for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure, with the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals. We have ten canoes ready for hire direct from the campsite. You can fit three adults, or two adults and two small children in one canoe at any one time. To hire a canoe on your preferred date from the campsite, click on the following link. Canoe hire - Canal Camping  You can rent vessels of all shapes and sizes nearby. How Hill National Nature Reserve (01692 678555) near Ludham, with the River Ant running through it, has reedbeds, grazing marshes, wet woodlands and its very own broad, all full to the brim with wildlife. Entry to the site is free, with free parking and 24-hour moorings. Take a circular walk around How Hill and see Buttle Marsh – home to some of the rarest birds in the broads. The riverside footpath continues to Ludham Bridge and there’s also a 300m access path along the river to Boardman’s Mill and Clayrack Mill. BeWILDerwood (01692 633033), meanwhile, is always a popular choice with families – an award winning forest park, with treehouses, zip wires and more – and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (01493 369477), where attractions include snow leopards, tigers, gibbons, deer, otters and crocodiles in a swamp house – is also a good choice (there are several play areas for children and parking is free).
Food and drink
It's just under 2 miles to the local pub – the Cross Keys (01692 536398) – and there is a good walk there via the banks of the river for most of the way. It's a shame, though, that this old haunt, apparently around since 1730, has been given a pretty ugly facelift inside at some point (we'd guess late 90s) and isn't exactly a country classic. When the sun's out, though, it's got a good beer garden and a big lawn with a goal post and games for kids. For something more off the beaten track, try The Butchers Arms (01692 650237) in East Ruston where portions are hearty and there's a wide variety of drinks. The award winning Recruiting Sergeant pub and restaurant (01603 737077) situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, has perhaps the best reputation in the area. The pub is well-known for its food quality, friendliness and attention to detail. The portions are not sparse… so wear your most loose fitting clothes!

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