Wild Camping Pitch (1 at Thornage Campsite)
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About Thornage Campsite
Tents, dogs (on leads), families, couples, groups – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.
It's a five-minute drive into the pretty market town of Holt. Parking can sometimes be a hassle but there's usually plenty of space in the Albert Street Car Park (or park a little outside of town and walk in – there's a popular layby area on the A148 heading out of Holt towards Letheringsett). The town is good for a general amble around, with independent shops, a couple of good art galleries and plenty by the way of fine food. There's also the local Owl Trail, a loop around the town with plaques and information that teaches you about Holt's history and the people behind the Georgian architecture. North of the campsite, and just outside Holt, Letheringsett Watermill (01263 713153) is the last working watermill in Norfolk, still producing flour to this day. You can visit parts of the mill, see it all in action and buy the flour. There's also an excellent, sheltered picnic area outside, reached by crossing the river. Of course, most people are here for the coast and some of the best stretches are within a 15-minute drive; the National-Trust owned quay at Morston where you can catch boats to see the seals, the old harbour town of Blakeney (well linked with Morston via the coastal footpath), picturesque Cley-next-the-Sea with its iconic windmill, and the endless pebble beach at Salthouse to name a few. From the campsite, you really are in one of the most central locations when it comes to the best of the North Norfolk coastline, with the likes of Holkham Bay, away to the west, and the Cromer, to the east, still both easily within a half-hour drive. The National Trust-owned estates at Sheringham Park (01263 820550), Blickling (01263 738030), and Felbrigg (01263 837444) are also all well within the 30-minute mark.
Food & Drink
There's no pub in the village but there are a couple within around 30 minutes' walk (though in both cases, it's a walk down a peaceful quiet lane, rather than via footpaths, so the five-minute drive may be your preference). The 300-year-old Hunworth Bell (01263 711151), inland, overlooks Hunworth village green, is well stocked with real ales, and serves a menu that includes game from the adjacent Stody Estate. Towards the coast, The King's Head (01263 712691) in Letheringsett has a modern interior with two different rooms and plenty of space outside, including a play area for children. Holt (five minutes drive) is the main place to go for options, though. It's home to a clutch of good pubs and hotels, including the upmarket cafe in Byfords (01263 711400), which is great for pastries and treats, as well as takeaways to enjoy back at the campsite, a grocers, a fishmongers, and a butchers.
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Thornage Campsite is located at Letheringett Road, Thornage, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7QD
From Holt, follow signs for Dereham, leaving the A148 at a roundabout and joining the B1110. Stay on the B1110 for two miles and the first village you'll come to after leaving Holt is Thornage. Take the first right-hand junction (200 yards after entering the 30-miles-per-hour zone). There is no road sign but this is Letheringsett Road. Drive about 400 yards to a sharp right hand corner. Follow the road to your right, after 400 yards the site will be on your right.
There is a bus stop in Thornage and the number 45 runs between Norwich and Holt (it takes around five minutes to reach Holt) but even in summer it only runs twice per day, so isn't particularly convenient for holiday travel. Steam trains aside, the nearest railway station is in Sheringham (10 miles; 20 minutes by car or taxi), linking with Norwich and, from there, further afield.