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Hickling Campsite
96 reviews
· Hickling, England
1 acre
31 units
6 Glamping
25 Tent
Tent camping and glamping within walking distance of Norfolk's largest broad and less than 10 minutes' drive from the beach
Bring a bike to Hickling Campsite and you’re pretty much sorted for your stay. Everything is within pedalling distance here. It’s less than a mile to the banks of Hickling Broad, the largest waterbody in the Broads National Park and a haven for wildlife, and only four miles to the coast, where beaches and protected dunescpaes await. In the other direction, there’s Ant Marshes and several good pubs and, when you finally decide you’ve done enough pedalling, you still don’t need to get in the car. There are canoes for hire, dinghies to sail and board walks to wander, stretching out like hugging arms around Hickling Broad, leading you to tree-top huts and bird-hides in the reeds. It really is the best of the Broads parcelled up into one small area. Cycling is also particularly easy owing to the handy flatness of the region. There are no big hills to trek up here and, consequently, Hickling Campsite itself is blessed with a perfectly flat meadow. Tents are welcome, preserving a traditional camping feel and keeping the grass in good condition, while campfires are a must – firepits are provided with every booking. Initially, tents are recommended to pitch around the edge of the meadow, allowing extra space in the middle for children to run wild and make friends, while mature hedges along the border (look out for wild raspberries in summer and blackberries in autumn) provide shelter from the breeze. “It’s our little piece of paradise”, owners Tom and Jo proclaim. The couple grew up locally and have a very clear affection for the area. If you need more advice on where to go, they’re happy to give recommendations – should you stroll to The Greyhound Inn or to The Pleasure Boat Inn, for example; such tough decisions to make. It’s the Norfolk Wildlife Trust that look after Hickling Broad itself and a Visitor Centre is open on the shore (½ mile away) from 10am–5pm daily during summer. There’s an excellent little picnic spot, along with toilets and a café, and you can catch boats across the water to a 60ft tall tree tower on the far side. From the top the view is outstanding and it’s a great place to soak in the surroundings. You may well find yourself agreeing with Jo and Tom too – it's a little piece of paradise indeed.
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Hickling, 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
72 Ratings · 96 reviews
Nicola S.recommends
August 10, 2022
Grass Pitch
Very friendly host and great big pitches. It is a beautiful spot… late nights by the fire listening to the owls, curlews, sheep, cows and ponies were very atmospheric. We had a brilliant stay.
Ruth P.recommends
August 8, 2022
Grass Pitch
Super campsite in the Broads
I loved Hickling Campsite and would highly recommend it. It’s a lovely spot in a great location and a lot of thought has been out into the experience offered. The showers, toilets and washing up area are spotless. The shop has great produce. Fire pits are provided for each pitch and the site was not overcrowded. It’s very family and dog friendly.
Sonia P.recommends
August 8, 2022
Grass Pitch
Camping at Hickling
Lovely campsite. We felt welcomed and relaxed as soon as we got there. Great facilities, loved the braziers to cook on and the free firelighters were a great touch. Great shop with really friendly helpful staff. Really liked that washing up liquid was provided. Highly recommend.
Sam C.recommends
July 18, 2022
Duck Shepherd's Hut
Fairly priced. Amazing detail. Owners were very kind and welcoming. Would definitely recommend.
Sarah D.recommends
July 11, 2022
Grass Pitch
Everything you need!
Absolutely loved this campsite! Had everything we needed and so many lovely nearby attractions too - many in walking distance. Toilet and shower facilities really clean and everyone very respectful of others using them and left them tidy too. Lots of room for tents and plenty of fire pits for warmth and cooking. Recommended!
Chris L.recommends
July 11, 2022
The Pod
A lovely location for glamping...
The entire site was in a great location with clean well looked after facilities. We stayed in the Pods area with friends and loved it. Jo organised a large BBQ for us all which we ate at the long bench tables which they had decorated with flowers along with salads. A fantastic setting for the birthday. The kit for each pod is great, huge fire pits with wood available on site with all the plates, glasses, washing up, plus a gift box on arrival.. The site also boasts a little camp shop with barista coffee and things you may have missed or need for your stay; including huge amounts of marshmallows! Finally everyone we met were so friendly and helpful. That makes a location like this. Thanks for a great weekend.
From the host
‘My brother Isaac and I decided to try our hands at building our very own Shepherd’s hut! We had so much fun making it, we decided to build two more!’ Tom explains. Isaac, who is only 19-years-old built the Pod single-handed! Unlike the huts, the pod is the only place at Hickling Campsite where you will find plug sockets and electric lights! So, if you are a camper who prefers a few more mod-cons from your glamping experience, the pod is where you need to be! All the interiors have been carefully selected so that they are unique and bespoke to each individual hut. You will never stay in a Shepherd’s Hut that has been more carefully thought out than ours! We have the Duck hut (Jo’s personal favourite), the Stag hut and the Owl hut and each hut’s interior has its own individual style, lovingly handmade by Norfolk based seamstress Amy from Buttonpearl Crafts. ‘We loved seeing the huts come together with the furnishings we chose!!’ adds Jo. Tom and Jo hope you enjoy the huts as much as they did putting them together!
Nearby attractions
Walk the few hundred metres to Hickling Broad, the largest of the Norfolk Broads and a designated National Nature Reserve. Board walks and footpaths allow some access (including routes to bird-hides) but for the best of it go exploring by boat – canoes and dinghies are available to hire from Whispering Reeds Boats (01692 598314). You can also do full sailing lessons and courses with the Hickling Broad Sailing Club. If you want someone else to do all the hard work for you, take one of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s boat tours. The timetable is available here. 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.
Food and drink
Onsite they have 'The Hickling hut' which offers fresh local produce including meats, pastries, and cakes fresh-baked every day by award-winning Norwich bakery Pye Bakers. They also have an impressive all singing, all dancing coffee machine. It's a ½-mile walk to the Pleasure Boat Inn (01692 598870) down on the waterfront overlooking the Broad and just under a mile to The Greyhound (01692 598306) in Hickling where the food is excellent.
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