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Ferrygate Lane Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Great Yarmouth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Riverside camping near the homely village of Martham, with campfires permitted, easy canoe launching and excellent local fishing.

If ever a place was ready made for aquatic adventures, it’s the Norfolk Broads. You simply can't help but want to get out onto the bodies of water the region is famed for – ditch leads into stream, stream leads into channel, channel leads into river and river wiggles it's way into one of the great broads or lakes that dot the area. It's no surprise, then, that Ferrygate Lane Camping positively encourage people to arrive at the campsite by boat. There's a convenient launching point for kayaks, canoes and dinghies, while a mooring spot, just along the riverside, lets you tie up and camp for a night or two. For waterside living under canvas, this is the place to come.

Opened in 2018, Ferrygate Lane Camping is a simple, traditional affair. Caravans and motorhomes are not permitted, so tents rule the roost, while smaller campervans are allowed if they have a canvas awning that they can use. There are no fancy bells or whistles – no shop, electric hook-ups or playground – instead, entertainment comes from campfire cooking in the evening and enjoying charging around in the great eight-acre space that the campsite affords. Pitches right beside the water are usually in the highest demand but there's plenty of room for all with open grassland in the middle of the camping meadow leaving room for bumper family ball games or a frenzied game of frisbee.

While the Broads location and rural setting makes for excellent stargazing, it's not far to the nearest village. Step out onto the road and it's a one-mile walk into Martham – though stick by the waterside first to watch the unusual floating bridge being towed into place that allows cars to pass from Ferrygate Lane across the River Thurne. The village itself is a quaint old spot, with a large village green, two duck ponds and a collection of Georgian houses (along with a couple of good pubs). It's not far, too, to the sandy coastline. It's a 10-minute drive to Winterton-on-Sea, where a summer swim is positively refreshing before taking a wander in the Winterton Dunes National Nature that back the beach. Other top beaches include Horsey, Sea Palling, Waxham and Happisburg, all eminently drivable from the campsite, while a pair of local boat-hire companies, moments away from the campsite, mean to access the best of the Broads you needn't use the car at all.

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Showers, toilets, wash-basins, firepits for campfires (with removable grills to cook on) and logs (£5 per bag). Boat/canoe launch directly from the site.

Suitable For

Tents, couples, kids, groups, dogs (on a lead) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.


There's plenty to do right from the doorstep. Launch canoes from the campsite and paddle on the Tharne. The local stretch of river gives access to Hickling Broad (the largest of the Norfolk Broads) and Horsey Mere, as well as flowing through Martham Broad. Martham boat dyke is situated next to the campsite, immediately upstream of Martham ferry, a floating bridge which can be swung across the river. Martham Dyke is narrow and shallow at the far end so only really suitable for small vessels, making it a pleasure to paddle about in a canoe undisturbed by any other boats. If you'd prefer something motorised, try hiring a vessel from Martham Ferry Boat Yard (01493 748291) or Martham Boats (01493 740249) both just along the river from the campsite. Ferrygate Lane is also next to the Martham fisheries, so, if you're a keen angler, don’t forget to pack your rod. The village of Martham is a mile away, while Winterton (3½ miles) is the closest beach – a massive sandy stretch, backed by the rolling dunes of a National Nature Reserve. Horsey Beach is also very close by, famous for the colony of grey seals that breed there in winter.

Food & Drink

Bring bikes to cycle into nearby Martham (1 mile) or walk to the pubs there – The Victoria (01493 740774) is good for a summer pint, while The Kings Arms has a pool table, jukebox and more lively atmosphere (01493 749156). There's also an excellent fish and chip shop (01493 740316) – eat on the picnic tables outside, or take your food to the beach or back to the campsite. There's also a Co-Op in the village for essential groceries.

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Rated ★★★☆☆ over 2 reviews


Very good, clean and safe camping experience

Ferrygate is a lovely campsite to use. The camping area is not too small but not expansive either, I personally feel this is good as it keeps things exclusive. Toilets were clean, well stocked and not too busy, I can't comment on the showers though as I chose to become a proper cave woman and not bother! There was a good, organised washing up station and every morning (I think?) Holly the campsite owner and her sons are selling breakfast bits and snacks. There is plenty of drinking water and fresh, dry logs for fire pits and BBQ's. Things to work on: the ground was very uneven which didn't affect our tent but it did limit the amount of running around you could do e.g. playing games like frisbee or cricket. The fire pits are bit too high to warm you up, any way of lowering them would be great. I understand that Ferrygate is in its very early infancy (set up at the beginning of August 2018 I believe?) but I think it's marvellous already! Onward and upward!
Aug 28, 2018 by Megan

Won't be coming back

Limited toilets for campers only 3 available but used by men and women. Showers also unsex and don't have locking doors only shower curtains. Very early wake up call from generator being turned on at 7:15am not great when u want a relaxing break away. Overall not a great weekend away :-(
Aug 27, 2018 by :-(

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