Kelling Heath

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Sheringham & Cromer

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Lovely big camping areas amidst the heathland and lots of onsite fun

Set amidst 300 acres of mixed woodland and rare open heathland on the north Norfolk Coast, Kelling Heath is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's a lovely, natural setting, enhanced at night by a 'dark sky' policy, which means no glaring lights to get in the way of star-gazing. Just don't forget your torch, or you'll struggle to find your way around after dark!

From the entrance, a long drive sweeps down towards the reception in the 'village square' which on first glance can look rather imposing. Some may be put off by this - but don’t be as this 300-acre park has a lovely feel, and is arranged sympathetically for the happiest possible camping.  Other areas of the estate accommodate lodges and holiday homes, but the tent camping occupies a separate, quieter area.

There is much to see and enjoy in the area, but the onsite fun is particularly good at Kelling, which focuses on the natural environment. Acorn Activities, for budding naturalists of all ages, gets children involved in activities like pond dipping, story walks and creative arts. There are also evening wildlife walks to see bats or birds, and traditional evening entertainment with shantymen, folk and jazz in the village square. Other on-site options include playing boules or table tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool and using the tennis courts or adventure play areas.

So, this may be a big, organised campsite with lots of facilities and plenty to do - but Kelling Heath retains the essence of a good Cool Camping site: a chance to appreciate and enjoy nature at its beautiful best.

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Facilities

Onsite activities have been well thought out. As well as self-guided trails through the park, there’s a marked nature trail, history trail, cycle trail, tree trail, anniversary trail and easy-access trail. There are also 2 adventure play areas and table-tennis tables, plus bikes for hire. There’s an outdoor pool and an indoor pool and health club with gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room, too. (entry via day pass: adult £11, child £5.50 though better value if three day memberships are taken) and you can arrange swimming lessons. Acorn Events are family focussed seasonal activities where you can learn about the environment and wildlife that lives there. There is a token-operated launderette, and each area has its own amenity building, with all facilities. During early autumn and spring the buildings are also heated. A Village Store sells everyday essentials and gifts whilst the Forge & Terrace provide a quiet drink to freshly cooked meals. Pizza on the Square offers takeaway meals.

Nearby

If you do leave the park, you’ll find yourself on a well-equipped coastline. The North Norfolk Railway stops at Kelling Heath (request stop, so be sure to wave to the driver). West along the coast is the vast expanse of Holkham beach. Towards Kelling you will hit the marshy expanses of Morston (perfect for crabbing), and you can get sailing lessons on the quay or take a trip to see the seals (01263 740505). At Cley visit the windmill (01263 740209), with some cracking views of Blakeney Point (08450 946112) and inland to the south are the Broads.

Food & Drink

The Dun Cow pub in Salthouse (01263 740467) is good and the portions are huge. Cookie’s Crab Shop (01263 740352), also in Salthouse, offers prawn sandwiches, lobster salad, teas and coffee. Stock up on picnic requirements at Picnic Fayre at Cley, with excellent, though expensive, food. The Smokehouse, in the village, is also a great place for kippers, potted shrimps and dressed crab, as well as fresh fish. Hills Home Stores in Blakeney is good for provisions. Don’t miss out on Wiveton Hall Café (01263 740515) on the main road between Cley and Blakeney. Go to Salthouse beach for Julian Searjeant’s fresh coffee and hot chocolate from the back of a cute French 2CV.

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Opening Times

Mid-Feb–mid-Dec.

Family Friendly

Watch the open water at the fishing ponds and steep descents on Cromer Ridge.

Accommodation

300 pitches, with 4 different styles, depending on whether you want hook-ups and waste, water and TV connection. The pitches are spread over several areas, broken up with pine trees and mature woodland and heathland, so it never feels crowded. There are also lodges, but separate from the camping areas.

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Location

Contact Kelling Heath, Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7HW

Getting There

From Holt, turn left into Sandy Lane just before the village of Bodham. You will see a sign ‘Kelling Heath’ pointing left before the junction. Continue down Sandy Lane and the entrance to the site is on the left. Carry on down the long drive until you reach the village square, and park on your left.

Catch a train to Sheringham. If you plan your journey well you could ride on the North Norfolk Steam railway though you are advised to look at their timetables first. Kelling Heath has its own halt where diesel stops on the way up to Holt, if you are on steam then you can alight at Weybourne and walk to the park which will take about 15 minutes.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★☆☆ over 3 reviews

★★★☆☆

Large and regimented with wildlife on the side

An element of shock and trepidation washed over me as I walked into the large reception of the ‘Village Square’. Yes, I knew it was a large campsite with lodges and lots of facilities, but not having visited their own website, I hadn’t realised HOW LARGE. Ah well, it’s only for one night, let’s be open minded. So we followed the one-way system to our allocated pitch, the cheapest on offer, but we were not too disappointed. A nice large area, only marred by the large parched area left by previous long-stay awnings. So being a quiet mid-week stop, we took the risk of ignoring the detailed instructions of how to position the van (knowing we might be instructed to move), and itched closer to the neighbouring tent so that we could step out onto grass – still leaving at least 7m fire-gap! I maintain that visiting this site when busy would not be my thing – far too many pitches, but when quiet, it has its plus points. Lots of great facilities in the touring area, lots of loos and showers, washing up points, water taps, motorhome service points. You can’t fault the natural environment in which Kelling Heath sits, and it’s well worth following on to the walking trails … but that’s not necessary, I spotted a Jay in bushes near the facility block ! Sadly we didn’t have time to try the health club and pool, - much of the sports facilities are not included in the pitch price, which in itself was very high already. We did nip into the bar area and considered having some food there, but the staff were so slack in their service that it would have taken forever … and we couldn’t even locate the full menu, just see the specials board. I suspect that during the week, the bars/restaurants are mainly used by regulars with lodges. A great example of what large caravan parks ought to be, and worthy holders of a Gold David Bellamy award and Gold Eco Tourism mark, but too big and regimented still for me.
Jun 20, 2017 by Custard
★★★☆☆

Nice but could be better

You can't get around that this is a huge site although you wouldn't really know it. There is a lot to do here, lots of activities and walking round, wildlife to see. The facilities are great and well looked after and deserve their Bellamy award. The village is a big complex and has the services, unfortunately the service we had there wasn't brilliant, we couldn't find menus to order food and the staff seemed a little too laid back, probably because it was mid week and out of season.
Jun 18, 2017 by With Bear and I
★★★☆☆

Linzie24

This site was good but too commercial for us. Torn between friends who had recommended it and the reviews. On the plus side the site is beautifully located and well maintained. Toilets and facilities were reasonably clean (considering the amount of people using them) and showers are big enough to get children and adults in if you have youngsters. 

For us the downsides were that the pitches were too small (the option of bigger pitches are available, we just booked the wrong one), it is a big site and because of the time we went was very busy (a bit different to other sites we have previously visited and maybe a wake up call for us). The main gripes were that we paid a lot more for this site than we would have others thinking that extras like tennis courts and indoor swimming pools were part of the deal but they are not. £7.50 to use the tennis courts for an hour, £11.00 for adults to use the indoor pool and £5.50 for children. The shop was well stocked and reasonably priced and the staff very nice but the pizza takeaway was not great and very overpriced. If you like centre parks with tents then you will be fine but the large commercial sites are not for us.

Aug 10, 2013 by Lynsey Hubbard

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