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UK England East Anglia Norfolk Sheringham & Cromer

Beach Close, Overstrand, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0PJ

For location, this North Norfolk clifftop campsite is hard to beat

This lesser-frequented stretch of North Norfolk's superlative coastline is often overlooked in favour of trendier spots further along. But in many ways, it’s hard to see why. The beaches here are generally larger, sandier and more accessible than most others, and the shoreline as a whole is often more remote and less dominated by a busy coastal road. The villages, too, are pleasant, unpretentious places that feel slightly more untouched by the modern world.

The pretty village of Overstrand, a few miles south of Cromer, is one such place, sitting atop cliffs that overlook a wide and beautiful stretch of child-friendly sandy beach. From its perch on the edge of the village, Overstrand Campsite makes the most of this location, with pre-pitched tents in a line along the back of the site and unmarked pitches for tents across the rest of the small, flat field.

Small but perfectly located atop the Norfolk cliffs, Overstrand is run by Go Camping UK. It’s comprised of 10 ‘ready’ tents in a line along the back of the site; and the rest of the small, flat field provides 45 unmarked pitches just for tents – not even campervans can sneak in here.

You can climb out of your tent in the morning and race down to the beach or go for a walk in either direction along the shore – either to Cromer, two miles to the north, or south towards the slightly larger resort of Mundesley.

Overstrand village itself was something of a destination in its own right once, with some Lutyens-designed buildings and a garden that was the work of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll. But for the most part it’s a sleepy place, with a good pub, a well-stocked shop and post office, a lovely beach café, a children’s playground (right next door to the site), and, best of all, the glorious beach at the foot of the cliffs.

And while kids scramble down the cliffs to the beach from the path running along the front of the site, adults can get reach it by the more sedate ways leading from the adjacent car park. Denise Peet and her family run the site and camp alongside you in one of their ready tents, rustling up cooked breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, and pub-type food in the evenings from the onsite Cabin Café.

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