Deepdale Backpackers & Camping
Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8DD
Come mid-September, most people of sound mind put any thoughts of camping to rest. It’s not just because the days start to turn colder but because there aren’t that many campsites that stay open once the leaves begin to curl and drop. Nudging the north Norfolk coastline, Deepdale Farm in Burnham Deepdale is a rare exception.
Some believe there is no better time to visit Norfolk than autumn – the hedgerows are pregnant with blackberries and the county is a vision of russet-coloured forests and blush-coloured clouds. And with original owner Jason Borthwick now back in charge of the site, Deepdale's 80 pitches are once again the ideal base for exploring the delights of Norfolk whatever the season.
There’s often an enthusiastic programme of events at the farm, with everything from organised stargazing to cookery classes with local produce. But in any case there are diversions a-plenty in and around Burnham Deepdale. Kick-start the morning with a coffee at the café next door, and stock up on necessities at the nearby supermarket or on-site camping shop before hiring a bike or getting on your walking boots.You are so near to the coastline here, that an excursion to the water’s edge is a must. Their insistence on post-10pm ‘quiet time’ means that loud and drunken tomfoolery is not tolerated – a good thing if you want to get out and about early.
The Owner SaysDeepdale Backpackers & Camping is in Burnham Deepdale on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, approximately half way between Hunstanton and Wells-next-the-Sea on the A149 road. The campsite welcomes tents, campervans, motorhomes and trailer tents. Unfortunately, due to planning restrictions, we are unable to welcome caravans. The campsite has excellent showers and toilet facilities, and are grass paddocks that drain well. We, the original owners, took back the business in early October 2016, after leasing it out for 7 1/2 years. The whole new team are working hard this Winter to implement a whole heap of improvements. We are adding new shower and toilet facilities, electrical hookups, and dividing many of the pitches with hedges and trees to soften the space and reduce the wind impact. The backpackers hostel, beside the campsite, offers private ensuite rooms and dorms. Reception is Deepdale Visitor Information Centre, a wonderful resource for information about this beautiful part of the world. Next door is Dalegate Market, with a fuel station, supermarket, cafe (breakfast, lunch & afternoon tea), shops, pop up shops and other useful facilities. In the village are two good pubs, and along the coast there are many other wonderful places to eat and drink. We are an eco-friendly site, with the environment at the heart of core of the business.
Friendly welcome, willing to help with any queries if needed but not in your face. Tidy campsite with large pitches, plenty of space for the furry ones to exercise. We were in Beech Dell, large paddock, plenty of room. The field behind looked like it was being developed with hedging & the new shower block. Plenty of tents pitched in this field. Shower block rustic, separate individual showers. Can imagine it's chilly in the winter though, Newer block in other field which was more modern with under floor heating and what looked like a new block being built in the field we were in. Plenty of hot water & no queue however we were the only ones in our field for the first night. Then we were joined by 3 other people. The shower block was clean even though I never actually saw anyone cleaning. The site has a café right next door which we used a couple of times for coffee & lunch, very friendly service & good food. Two pubs within a nice walking distance. The Jolly Sailor which was very dog friendly & family friendly, good pub food. The White Horse was more up market, with views over the sea. We only had drinks here in the evening but it looked very nice. There is a shop in the garage which sold everything you needed, wine & chocolate! The area is great for walking & we did the North Coast Walk to Brancaster & back, which we really loved, spending time on the beach which we felt was one of the best beaches to visit. We really loved this site & feel this is our 'go to site' when we need a weekend away from it all.
Great Autumn Stay
Love this site. Second time I've stayed was earlier this year, autumn. Really nice. Review above is spot on, this part of Norfolk is really nice this time of year and not somewhere you have to go in summer. Some really great walks around the coast, the beaches and the footpaths. Brancaster harbour is lovely and the two pubs up the road – Jolly Sailor and White Horse are both great (we preferred the Jolly overall i think). All the essentials at the campsite. A good spot.
Excellent Location for the Coast
I had a very comfortable night in my tent here. I was driving along the North Norfolk coast looking for a place to camp for the night and this place has everything a weary traveller needs: no fuss staff, decent toilets and showers, shops (Yes, I did take advantage of the Fat Face sale...) and a great location. I set up camp and then cycled down to a glorious beach (around 2 miles) and it was so peaceful. The RSPB Reserve is also just down to the road too. The campsite make a point about the 10pm noise curfew, which I appreciated (I liked that the hair dryers don't work after 10pm!), and the picnic benches provided in the field were useful to set up dinner. I had no one in the pitches either side of me so I felt I had lots of space, however if I had had neighbours I may have felt a bit squeezed (your car shares your pitch with you, you see). Would definately return if in the area.
Burnham Deepdale relaxed break
I have just completed a tour of Norfolk, where I lived until I was 13. I haven't been back there since, now 60. One of the places I stayed was Deepdale Campsite. It was a lovely campsite and the facilities are absolutely fantastic - with one minor hiccup (see below). The site is well situated within walking distance of the coast, a shop, cafe, petrol station and two excellent pubs. Everyone was very friendly and although the site got very busy on the Saturday night, the site coped well. I must say I preferred it when the site was not so busy though!
When the hedges on the Glebe fields are bigger and thicker, it will help shelter the units from the wind!
The hiccup? Well when I came to want to empty my cassette toilet before moving on, I was told there was no where to do this, and there's a big sign in the toilets to prevent you from using the toilet (fair enough). I queried this in the Reception, to be told that they were petitioning to have this facility put in! I would have thought this quite a major thing for a campsite that accepts campervans and small motorhomes as well as tents.
Other than that though, I did enjoy my stay.
Like the Curate's Egg...
....good in parts.
The site is large but it can get pretty crowded. The pitches can be close together but for us that wasn't too much of an issue. We were there for 5 days in August. The location is very good, close to the coast, local pubs, villages, cafes etc. One problem is the ground is soft for the first two inches and then seems to have a lot of stone after that - make sure you have a good mallet (they sell them) and you have extra pegs as some will be bent for sure.
Most of the staff are pleasant.
The real downsides on this site are: the toilets and shower units are clean and well maintained but there are nothing like enough for the numbers of people. This often means a 20 mins (or more) queue. I would say they need about 3 times what they have at present.
There policy on wrong bookings is brutal and while probably legal, is unfriendly at best: we realised we had booked one day too many - told them 3 hours later but the reply was "its in our terms and conditions - no refunds on any circumstances."
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I stayed 7 nights in early July. Overall: I'd say this site is best-suited to families and casual campers who want easy camping with modern facilities, but not a big commercial holiday park. Probably a bit tame for serious campers or anyone seeking something 'wild'.
On the positive side: the location is great - really easy access to coast footpath and road to coastal towns, it's very near Holkham Hall and other attractions, there are some nice (though expensive) pubs nearby and a small supermarket right next door. The pitches are well-kept, the toilets/showers are modern and clean, it's quiet in the evenings, the views are beautiful and the staff are helpful.
This is personal preference, but while it's quiet and homely the site isn't as 'wild' as I prefer. The top fields especially lack cover, so you feel exposed to the wind. This also means you feel very close to your neighbours and sound travels easily across the whole site. There's a minimum charge of 2 people per pitch in high season, even if you're alone - this seemed a bit much when the site wasn't full. Oh, and expect to queue for showers at peak times.
Booked for a one night stay in our camper van. Very helpful on 'phone and welcoming arrival. Great campsite - loved our pitch and will definitely ask for this one again! Perfect weather, perfect location .... thank you.
Great location and friendly welcome
We stayed for one night but, given the location, should have stayed a couple more. A fairly basic site but with good hot showers, although they are very limited in number. Nice simple site.
We stayed August 13. 2 boys aged 6&7 and nanny came too (a young 68). It was a trial, so we opted for a tipi and took a gazebo to pitch next to us. Great success- ok weather was good but there was loads to do in the local area, site facilities were adequate (early risers got the hot water in showers). The gazebo was needed as it was a bit cosy with 5 of us in the tipi. I appreciated the quiet nights as it helped settle kids down. Not sure the couple after a romantic night away that pitched next to us appreciated the cricket match that was going on! Defiantly a family site.
We had a wonderful weekend at this fantastic campsite in late August. We were a group of three families with four children between us, and it would be hard to say whether the adults or kids had more fun. We had pitches next to each other, with plenty of room around us and easy access to the excellent facilities. It was very useful to have the well stocked shop just round the corner to stock up on breakfast bacon! The location is second to none. We had a perfect day on the glorious Brancaster beach nearby, but could have just as easily chosen any number of other fantastic beaches. Evenings spent at the relaxed Jolly Sailors pub, within easy walking distance even for the youngest amongst us, were enjoyed by all, and the tomatoes grown at the farm next door were a delicious souvenir to take home with us. Probably the most memorable part of the weekend was sitting in peace in the evening, watching the shooting stars flying across the enormous, unpolluted skies above us. Utter bliss. I'd thoroughly recommend this campsite.
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
One of the best campsites I've ever been too. Fabulous atmosphere, really relaxing and friendly. Nice showers - get up early to get a hot one though! Great location to explore North Norfolk. Will be going back.. maybe to try a tipi next :)
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
This is a good campsite, though I agree with an earlier reviewer that when full you are very close to neighbours, often on three sides and the shower facilities are stretched. But it is a great location with a good shop and cafe. BUT this season in 2013 they say they have changed the rules and the maximum stay under any circumstances is 7 nights. This is really very disappointing, and, I would have thought, a peculiar business decision. I am sad that I shall probably not go there again since I can't face the hassle of packing up and moving on. I am surprised and quite upset.
Just got back from a 6 (should’ve been 7) night stay at Deepdale... It’s a lovely site in a good location with great staff & lots of great features; the proximity of great eating places, a supermarket and great cafe just off the site & 2 cracking pubs nearby! Not to mention Holkham Beach & House right on it’s doorstep! But there are a few small issues! Firstly 4/5 unisex showers for the amount of pitches (that were almost fully occupied for our entire stay) is just not enough.. queuing was definitely the order of the day! Secondly, this is not a quiet campsite, I know it’s the middle of the school holidays but children playing wasn’t a big issue even when the curfew wasn’t observed, the issue was the frequent low flying of military aircraft (even at night!). I know the site can’t control this but please warn people. The reason we didn’t stay the full 7 nights was due to another issue... excessive insect activity... I’m not squeamish when it comes to creepy crawlies and my husband & I are seasoned campers but we have never been bitten quite so much as we were here (not even on the dreaded west coast of Scotland!) It’s probably due to all the marsh land nearby...can I suggest you take lots of insect repellent when visiting this site... I know we will be when we go back!
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
Stayed September 2011 for four nights. We found this a delightful campsite. The staff were friendly and helpful and the site was clean and well equipped. We were lucky that we had the best weather of the whole summer which helped. Staying the last week in September the site was not busy so we had no problem with access to the showers, loos or sinks at any time. We had our dog with us so we were very happy to discover that the cafe next door to the campsite is dog friendly as are the two closest pubs. Access to the coastal path is just across the road which was also great for walking the dog.
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
I stayed at the Deepdale Campsite last weekend and found the facilities very good, there was always loo roll, they were clean etc etc, and there were enough toilets/showers, ie no queueing....which is always important! The campsite is an eco friendly one, which is great too.
The evening curfew seemed to work very well, most people were quiet and in their tents by 10pm which was great, more about the morning curfew later....
Maybe the first weekend in September was too late in the season because, there was virtually no grass left on our plot. This isn't neccasarily a major problem because we have good quality thermarests, but had it rained we would have been camping in mud, as it was it was very windy, so all the grit blew into our tent and food, not pleasant.
The size of the plot was another issue, 'small' would be an understatement. Yes there was space for our 3 man tent and medium sized car, but it meant that we were VERY close to our neighbours, both sides. The campsite in general was very busy, and I suspect the plots were intentionally small so as to pack more people onto the site.
Unfortunately this means that this supposedly quiet campsite was in fact quite a noisy campsite....especially in the morning (even before the 8am curfew) there were car doors slamming, dogs barking and children screaming and running past our sleepy heads.
I was in truth very disappointed with this site, it had been recommended to us from some good friends who also camp regularly so we thought we were onto a winner.
The final blow was dealt when I returned home and found I had a voicemail on my mobile from the campsite, left at 12.41pm, we were supposed to be off the campsite by 12 noon, but since we had been rudely awoken early in the morning, we had taken it easy, had a nice breakfast, washed up, showered, and packed up the tent, finally leaving around 1.30. The message said it had gone 12pm and our tent was still there, please could we return to the tent take it down and leave. Bearing in mind the campsite was all but deserted by this time some flexibility would have been nice. In short, we won't be revisiting, neither will we be recommending.
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
I loved this place! I, my partner and 4 year old daughter stayed in a tipi in April.
The setting is beautiful, really spacious with fields of wildflowers, poppies behind.
The showers/ facilities are really good, close by and clean., with an environmentally conscious ethos. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We used the café for breakfast each day as the food was very good and does a lot more than egg and chips. Also opens for evening meals with a BYO I think.
Loads to do around the area. We cycled a lot.
The tipi was really comfortable, and this is despite the fact that we had torrential rain and gale force winds. We were dry and the fire worked really well although we kept the tent flaps open. Our daughter loved it. I'll nevre stay in a nylon tent again. I want a bell tent now!
This place had a nice hippie/relaxed vibe bit with great facilities which can't be said of a place I stayed somewher in Kent!
Deepdale Backpackers and Campers
Burnham Deepdale is a great place. It's not really in walking distance of the beech but a short drive gets you to some great places including Holkham Beech which was the reason for the visit (and worth it). I stayed with 6 friends over 3 nights - the final night in the hostel which had great facilities and a nice atmosphere, the other two nights in a tipi. To me the tipi is overpriced. It ended up costing us as much per night as the hostel (which had beds, toilets etc etc) and really there's not much to it. It was fun but pretty smokey and cold (as went in October) so better value to camp in your own tent or stay in the hostel.
Not that I didn't enjoy the stay and would recommend it to anyone.