Canal Camping

UK England East Anglia Norfolk North Walsham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Paddle the waterways, read among the reeds and bask beneath the big, blue skies of the Norfolk Broads at this family-friendly, tent-only campsite

No visit to the Norfolk Broads is complete without getting out onto the waterways that make the place so famous. Woven together with meandering rivers and snaking streams, the broads create an interconnected watery wonderland. And it’s campsites like Canal Camping that really make the most of this natural treasure. Why pitch anywhere else when, here, you can pop your tent right down by the riverside and slip your canoe or kayak straight into the water?

Made up of little more than a grassy meadow, with a shower and toilet cabin at one end, a covered washing-up space and drinking water taps dotted about, this simple tent-only campsite offers camping on a casual scale. There are no designated pitches – simply find a nice spot that suits – and campfires are very much permitted, with the scent of wood smoke in the air and the sound of crackling logs backtracking the birds.

On one side of the wash-cabin an OS map is pinned to the wall. It’s a good way to get your bearings before you go out in a boat or take off by bike. You can see the canal running through the local village of Dilham, from Wayford Bridge to Antingham. It was built in the 19th century to help transport agricultural goods and, while today parts are being restored to their former beauty, other stretches have not changed for more than 100 years, retaining a semi-wild charm where nature has taken over. Further south, meanwhile, the waters feed into the large lake at Ant Broads and Marshes National Nature Reserve, where you can explore on boardwalks and signed pathways.

In total, the national park has 125 miles of navigable waterways, so you’re never going to see it all. But Canal Camping certainly offers a very enviable starting point. Between marshmallow toasting, jaunts to the nearby pub and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of the camping meadow, getting out and about always takes a little more time than you expected. But that’s the pace of life this riverside place can’t help but instil: Slow, relaxed and meandering.



Toilets, showers, outdoor washing-up sinks, campfire pits (wood available to buy), drinking water taps and rubbish and recycling bins. Canoe and kayak launch point by the canal-side for all to use free of charge.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs (on leads), groups, scouts and guides – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes – no.


Bring bikes along to enjoy the car-free routes, though canoes and kayaks are the best ways to explore this watery wonderland. You can rent vessels of all shapes and sizes nearby. How Hill National Nature Reserve (01692 678555) near Ludham, with the River Ant running through it, has reedbeds, grazing marshes, wet woodlands and its very own broad, all full to the brim with wildlife. Entry to the site is free, with free parking and 24-hour moorings. Take a circular walk around How Hill and see Buttle Marsh – home to some of the rarest birds in the broads. The riverside footpath continues to Ludham Bridge and there’s also a 300m access path along the river to Boardman’s Mill and Clayrack Mill. BeWILDerwood (01692 633033), meanwhile, is always a popular choice with families – an award winning forest park, with treehouses, zip wires and more – and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (01493 369477), where attractions include snow leopards, tigers, gibbons, deer, otters and crocodiles in a swamp house – is also a good choice (there are several play areas for children and parking is free).

Food & Drink

It's just under 2 miles to the local pub – the Cross Keys (01692 536398) – and there is a good walk there via the banks of the river for most of the way. It's a shame, though, that this old haunt, apparently around since 1730, has been given a pretty ugly facelift inside at some point (we'd guess late 90s) and isn't exactly a country classic. When the sun's out, though, it's got a good beer garden and a big lawn with a goal post and games for kids. For something more off the beaten track, try The Butchers Arms (01692 650237) in East Ruston where portions are hearty and there's a wide variety of drinks. The award winning Recruiting Sergeant pub and restaurant (01603 737077) situated in the village of Horstead, near Coltishall, has perhaps the best reputation in the area. The pub is well-known for its food quality, friendliness and attention to detail. The portions are not sparse… so wear your most loose fitting clothes!


May–end of September.

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The Owner Says

Located in Dilham, Norfolk, our tucked away campsite is nestled among the water, the reeds and the beautiful skies. Canal Camping caters for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure, with the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals. After a long day exploring this beautiful part of Norfolk, come back to your camp for hot showers, clear skies for star-gazing, open campfires for toasting marshmallows, and fantastic pubs within walking distance. What more could you ask for!?


No more than 35 pitches at any one time across the 8-acre campsite. No electrical hook-ups.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 36 Available
Spacious pitches for tents - Located in Dilham, Norfolk, this tucked away campsite is nestled among the water and the reeds. This campsite caters for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure, with the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals.

Bell Tent - Duffles Rond Island

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A 6 metre Canvas Bell Tent, set in a secluded and beautiful village campsite in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, with the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe not far away and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals.

Bell Tent - Heigham Holmes Island

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A 6m Canvas Bell Tent, set in the heart of Canal Camping catering for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure. With the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe not far away and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals.

Bell Tent - Scolt Head Island

Bell tent Sleeps 4
A 6m Canvas Bell Tent, set in the heart of Canal Camping catering for those that are looking for a relaxing, natural adventure. With the added bonus of being able to walk out of your tent, launch your canoe not far away and drift along one of the country’s most unique canals.

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Contact Canal Camping, Honing Road, Dilham, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9PL

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Getting There

The nearest train station is in Worstead, three miles away. From here, trains run to Norwich, the main rail hub in Norfolk, or, in the other direction, out to Cromer and the North Norfolk coast.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 66 reviews


Perfect for a relaxing weekend

What an amazing site! The toilets, showers and outdoor washing up facilities were spotlessly clean. The freedom to pick your spot and move the fire pit near to you. The smell of woodsmoke from the fire pits around the site and cooking over a wood fire. If you want to relax in peace and quiet and experience a slower pace of life I can absolutely recommend this site. Canal Camping Dilham - you are do a fantastic job, please don’t change anything! I will be back next year you can count on it!! 😁👍👍

The Best Campsite!

I can honestly say this is probably the best campsite I've been to. The campsite itself is very clean with good facilities. It was so peaceful and had a very relaxed vibe. The main reason we booked was for a weekend of kayaking the broads. It was lovely to have access to the canal straight from the campsite. Just be aware that the first part of the canal is quite overgrown but we had fun making our way through it anyway. I'll definitely be booking again next summer!

Relaxing, tranquil, campsite

This was a peaceful, relaxing, well run campsite. It was as we expected very basic. It was a bit disconcerting to arrive and just pitch with no reception or even a sign or prior email to tell you to do so. However once pitched the beautiful location was hard to beat. The facilities were very clean, the showers were a bit temperamental I presume as they were heated by gas and did need turning on and off multiple times to keep the hot water. Also due to the lack of electricity on site there was nowhere to refreeze ice blocks, we got around this by buying ice at the Sainsbury's at north Waltham. At the end of our stay we were told that we might be able to get them frozen at another campsite 15 minutes drive away but we didn't try as we had reached the end of our stay. The guy who came round to check we were okay when we arrived didn't really seem that interested in whether we were okay or not, I think he was just box ticking!! However overall we very much enjoyed our stay, we did not use the fire pits that were available but enjoyed the wafting of camp fire smoke from others that drifted across the site in the evenings. We would definitely recommend this site to others.
Sep 11, 2021 by Annie Verified Review

Quiet, calm and relaxing

Just returned from a fabulous week at Canal Camping. A large field provided more than ample space to pitch our tent. Facilities are simple but kept exceptionally clean and tidy. We enjoyed walking, cycling and canoeing directly from the site. Would thoroughly recommend it and will most definitely return 😄
Sep 11, 2021 by Juliet Burke Verified Review

Perfect site!

Had a few days here after some time on a boat on the Broads. We arrived in the morning, and it was so quiet. To be honest, the missus panicked when seeing the facilities, and wasn't happy with me - that was until she used them! Has to be the cleanest campsite we've ever used! Spoke to the owner a few times, was so helpful and made the effort to ensure we were OK (even lending me his lighter as we'd forgotten ours!). We had issues with our car before heading down, so had to go in our T5, and even though its a camper, the owners were very accommodating about it. And to be honest, I'm gutted that campers aren't really allowed - as we'd definitely be back if they were (we only went camping in a tent because we had our dogs with us - usually our daughter would have them). The site is very well looked after, and so peaceful!! Great little walk down the canal, which is a really picturesque. The firepits with the grills are a great idea, and made life even easier. We absolutely loved it, and genuinely didn't want to come home. Would recommend 100%! Thank you to the owners for a great few days.
Sep 9, 2021 by Mat Jones Verified Review

lovely campsite.

Great campsite which is nice and quiet especially with the no loud noise after 10pm notices. Basic but effective facilities although a few more toilets wouldn't go amiss especially in the morning and bedtime. Showers were good but wifey said hers went cold a few times. It may have been the time of day when she was using them as my shower was nice and hot! Each pitch has it's own fire pit with wood available although we had trouble getting ours going. The pop up pizza tent was a great idea as is the ice-cream van. Our kids loved it, made some friends who coincidentally only live a few miles away from us! Just a great little campsite.Looking forward to booking again.

Loads of space and access to great local facilities, clean and well maintained

Really nice campsite with plenty of space to spread out which was appreciated. Showers were ok but not always warm/hot! And only 4 loos is too few for the number of people that were on site I think. Everything was very clean and well maintained, and the free firelighters were really handy (although the logs were too damp when we first arrived)! Seemed like a really good place to come with a group – there were several whilst we were there and it created a really cool atmosphere. Main drawback for us was the amount of dogs off the lead which is not great for non-dog people, particularly when they run through your pitch and pee on your stuff!
Aug 9, 2021 by Sarah Cox Verified Review

Perfect escape

Lovely quiet site, plenty of space, very laid back atmosphere. Great idea that every camper is offered a camp fire included in the price. Facilities are super clean, basic but effective. Only thing I would add would be lights in the showers. Canal trips are very well organised but we could have done with being told about having to get the boats out the water and dragging them along the banks, quite difficult for me on my own, had to get help.

Great Norfolk site

Really comfortable and laid back atmosphere. Toilets and washing facilities: very clean, reliable hot showers and flushing loos. Beautiful trip on canal; great opportunity to hire canoes and leave from campsite on canal. Canoe hire all well-organised. Campsite is a large field with minimal noise from adjacent road. Wet firewood sold on site meant campfires burnt inefficiently but only minor nuisance. Large numbers of iron fire pits with attached grill meant that cooking over the fire would be possible. Light-touch on-site presence but staff very welcoming and helpful. Overall great experience and would highly recommend.
Jul 31, 2021 by zastruga Verified Review

Great trip

A lovely campsite. Well maintained, excellent location and good facilities. Handy for beaches and great walks near by. My only improvement was we didn't speak to any staff during the 3 days we were there - a little more local information would have been appreciated. Also whilst the toilets were excellent 4 for the site meant a few waits at bed time!!

Great campsite & location

Only stayed for a weekend but will be back for longer stay. Great campsite facilities in middle regularly cleaned, warm showers. Lots of space in the field to camp so don’t feel like you are crammed in. Nice & peaceful & lots to do within the vicinity of the site.
Jul 21, 2021 by James Graham Verified Review

Clean and calm campsite

Great camping experience! The facilities (toilets and showers) were clean and well cared-for. The location is convenient- only a short drive to the coast, National trust sites and- obviously- the canal. Would recommend. :)
Jul 20, 2021 by Emma Waldock Verified Review

Clean, quiet, chilled-out, pretty campsite with all the basic amenities.

The ambience is chilled: quiet time after 10pm. Hiring a canoe and spending a day on the canal is magical! You have to be organized as there are no close-by shops- but that’s part of the experience. If you live in the city- like me- you can get too used to 24/7 shopping convenience.
Jul 18, 2021 by Jill Newman Verified Review

Brilliant stay as always. Facilities are well maintained and regularly cleaned which is a bonus.

Nice, clean, friendly camping experience and always a pleasure to visit this place. It’s the unique touches that make this place special.

Wow, utterly fantastic !

Just returned from a weekend break with a group of families and this campsite didn't disappoint. A fabulous spot with plenty of space and kayaking on the canal was great for the adults and the kids , we had lots of fun! The facilities are spot on , always exceptionally clean with nice hot showers and still managing to maintain that rustic feel . Well done !

Delightful stay

We had a charming, chilled out stay in this lovely campsite. Nice and peaceful, good amount of space, great washing facilities and ace proximity to walking paths. The onsite canoe hire was brilliant too.

Amazing from start to finish

This is one of the most well kept and most organised campsites i have been to for a long time. I only stayed two nights and wanted to get away from work. And boy did this campsite offer me that chance. The (very) large field was perfect to get away from it all and not feel close to anyone. The facilities are beautifully clean and new. The showers are warm and spacious. The washing up facilities are big and have built-in dryers. The campsite has no mobile signal which was perfect for me as I wanted to get away from it all. The grass was cut and all of the amenities worked and were fully stocked up. The scenery is outstanding and this campsite offers a great chance to feel out of the way and at one with nature. I really can’t fault this campsite at all and I will be back with others as soon as I can. Thank You!

Absolutely wonderful experience

For a first timer campers, it’s absolutely a beautiful experience with canal camping. The common areas (toilets, baths and sinks) are so clean and well maintained. With lots of fire pits readily available. We rented a canoe for a day, which by far the highlight of our camping trip and the most adventurous we have done so far as a family with a 4 year old. Truly an adventure that we can recommend and definitely coming back.

Great location

Lovely clean campsite, great location being close enough to local shops and pubs. Canoeing was great extra activity on site

Would definitely recommend

Such a lovely family friendly campsite. We stayed here with our 2 children and had a great time. The campsite is very clean and well maintained. We rented some canoes from the site to have a day on the broads and this was probably my highlight of the week! Plenty of fire pits for campers to use. Firewood and marshmallows available to buy on site. No other shop facilities. Only downside was that the showers were very temperamental. They would be freezing cold, then warm for a short period then freezing cold again. Not ideal with two young children! On my last day the shower was hot for the whole shower! I would not let this put me off visiting again. We have visited the Hickling site a few times which I love and I feel that this site is just as lovely.

Brilliant campsite!!

Had an extremely relaxing weekend with a few friends here. The site is maintained incredibly & is the perfect location with a kayak launching zone just to the side of the camp. Would definitely recommend and will be back in the summer!
May 24, 2021 by Elliot Diss Verified Review

Back to basics, spotlessly clean site in nice surroundings

We only stayed one night but thoroughly enjoyed it and wished we could stay longer. The canal can’t be seen from the campsite but campers do have access to it and can launch privately owned kayaks/canoes for £4 per boat. The facilities were kept spotlessly clean and were basic but everything was there that you need (even marsh mallows available to purchase for the campfire) The only slightly negative point was the braziers provided for campfires were a little rickety but that didn’t cause us any problems. Would definitely stay again.

Beautiful location, peaceful, excellent facilities, very clean. Perfect.

Stayed here in September as a solo camper traveling by motorcycle. The site is in a great location in rural Norfolk, easy to get to by road but extremely quiet and peaceful, particularly in the evenings. Speaking of which there is a policy of no music or noise after 10pm which was observed by all visitors during my stay. There is lots of wildlife around, I saw several deer in the walk to the local pub, owls could be heard at night and even bats were flying around in the twilight of the early morning. Facilities are excellent, with a toilet block, shower facilities, washing up sinks and drinking water taps provided. Everything was spotlessly clean as the owner (I assume) came around several times a day to clean and sanitise facilities and also checked the site to make sure it was clean and litter free. Fire pits are also provided, as are wooden benches, with logs and marshmallows available to buy on site with an honesty box to collect the money. This was a bit of a highlight as sitting outdoors in the evening in front of a fire enjoying a beer and dinner was a really relaxing experience. There are two pubs within walking distance, probably about a 30 minute walk away. I walked to The Butchers Arms on a Sunday evening, around 7:30pm but unfortunately it was closed that night. It’s worth checking opening times before heading off. I did not find any grocery stores that were walking distance, but there is a large supermarket and other stores about 10 minutes away by car (or bike) in North Walsham. As the name of the site implies there is a canal at the side of the site. The entrance has a gate, so perfectly safe, and canoes can be launched from this spot. I didn’t use this facility but it looks like a great family activity, particularly with the local wildlife to view. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, particularly due to the rural location, peace and quiet and evenings in front of the campfire with a beer. What more could you ask for?
Sep 20, 2020 by Matt

Fantastic site, couldn’t fault it

Spacious, quiet and very clean facilities. Would highly recommend.
Sep 13, 2020 by Sandra

What a fantastic getaway from London.

My girlfriend and I stayed and Canal Camping for two nights and took full advantage of renting the canoes. Lovely site. 30 min walk from some great pubs and everyone there was friendly. highly recommended.
Sep 8, 2020 by Ryanmmccbb Verified Review

Friendly, good for kayaking

Stayed two nights in one of the Bell Tents. Site is very friendly and there is a choice of two points to launch kayaks onto an abandoned and partially overgrown canal that leads onto wider rivers, one on the edge of the camping field and one about 100m away. Only issue I had was that the tents are described as having a fully equipped kitchen but this does not include any kind of stove other than the fire bowl, which was difficult and time consuming to light (large logs and fire lighters available, but no kindling) so making a cup of coffee was a two hour project. If it was raining it would have been impossible. So make sure you bring a backup gas ring. Other than that, all good.
Sep 3, 2020 by Ian Dunbar Verified Review

Brilliant couple of days camping

What a lovely little find! We have just returned from a 2 night stay here. My husband and I with our 2 children, plus my brother and sister-in-law. We booked separately but the pitches are not designated so we easily set up camp next to each other. They had a large tent and we had a couple of small tents plus we had an event shelter to share and it was no bother. The water is literally by the side of the field and you can hire a canoe if you want, we had our own. There is an honesty box to pay for wood and marshmallows and a small toilet and shower block which was kept really clean. There is a washing up station which unfortunately didn’t have hot water working but we just pinched some water from the shower so it was all good. Lovely peaceful surroundings and only 10 mins drive to shops with a big Sainsbury’s and Lidl for supplies. We will certainly be booking again!

Fantastic quiet gem of a campsite

Beautiful spot, loads of space to spread out or camp near friends. Very well maintained facilities, cleaned regularly. Separate washing up sinks are a great addition. Second year in a row we have stayed and we will definitely be back again!
Aug 18, 2020 by Sarah

Hidden Gem of a campsite

Lovely find! Very relaxed, clean and friendly campsite. Mike who worked on site was friendly and helpful And never stopped cleaning. Would highly recommend
Aug 14, 2020 by Gemma Sheldon

Very nice campsite

Great place to stay. Child friendly, furiously clean facilities, no boozers staying up all night (quiet from 10pm), plenty of room and lovely location. Relaxed vibes and friendly owners. Highly recommend.
Aug 7, 2020 by Dan

Great campsite

We really enjoyed our stay here. The toilet block is very clean and there's plenty of space for the kids to play. We really liked the no music and no noise after 10pm rule. You can walk along the canal if you don't want to paddle and the nearby farm shop is great. The only thing I'd like would be a place to freeze ice packs.

Glorious getaway

the owners have an aesthetic and have combined comfort and simplicity very well. There are basic, well designed toilet, shower and washing up blocks. no motor home, no music, low noise-after-10 rules makes it a peaceful place for an escape and feels very safe. Kept very clean and the staff are lovely. We were a little puzzled to arrive and not 'check-in' but there are maps and info on the website and someone will come and greet you during your first day with a welcome pack, other than that you are left to your own devices. The children loved the stream and access to the canals. Just magical
Aug 1, 2020 by sam noel Verified Review

Amazing camping holiday.

This is probably the best campsite we’ve been to. The toilets & showers were spotless at all times & cleaned constantly throughout the day. The canal is beautiful if not a bit overgrown in places, it gets easier to paddle as you progress & the plants do bring plenty of wildlife. The site was civilised but very relaxed and the fires are great, along with the marshmallows. If we lived closer we’d go back regularly. Definitely worth a visit.
Jul 26, 2020 by Kate

Amazing camp site!

The camp site is wonderful, plenty of space and fire pits to use. Its wonderfully peaceful and on a good night, the stars are a marvellous sight to sit and watch. The toilets and showers are immaculate and the washing up facilities are excellent. The surrounding area is beautiful and there is lots to explore. Great fishing at Ebridge Mill! Thank you Canal Camping!
Jul 17, 2020 by Julia Walsh Verified Review

Post Lockdown camping trip

Hubby and I enjoyed a fab post lockdown camping trip here at Canal Camping. It's a lovely site with spotless facilities, which were rigorusly cleaned several times a day, hand sanitizer was also readily available free of charge outside of the toilets. The showers are amazing and such a welcome relief not to have to keep pushing the button. The canal was lovely to explore with our canoe on our first evening, it's so pretty and teaming with wildlife. There are lots of lovely walks nearby, we will be back to complete the Weavers Way and for some secret paddling.
Jul 16, 2020 by Karen Hammond

Excellent site - facilities really clean

Site just re-opened, and facilities really clean. Staff very helpful and friendly, beautiful setting.
Jul 13, 2020 by Ann Carter Verified Review

Spacious site, great showers and toilets

Booking and arrival were stress-free, social distancing is easy, plenty of hand sanitizer and soap and the facilities are being cleaned constantly throughout the day. The location is lovely, easy cycling distance to the sea and some nice village pubs with gardens.
Jul 13, 2020 by James Algie Verified Review


Fantastic campsite, lovely location. Very clean. Would 100% recommend and look forward to going back.
Jul 13, 2020 by Katie Gibson Verified Review

Peaceful, clean and friendly.

This campsite is so lovely, very family friendly, extremely clean, the hot showers are heavenly and the staff who comes multiple time a day to help keep them clean are very friendly. I would love to return.

Great campsite!

Canal Camping was a fantastic camp site. We absolutely loved hiring one of their canoes and spending the day on the broads. The facilities were great and were cleaned twice a day. We loved the One Food company who were onsite whilst we were there, it was a lovely added bonus. The campsite was chilled and relaxed and it was wonderful to see lots of families enjoying such a beautiful location.

Lovely for short break

Spent 3 nights here with my partner over August bank holiday and really enjoyed it. The campsite was very busy so there were queues for the showers and toilets but nothing horrendous. The showers were hot and clean. It’s in a great location for us to launch our inflatable kayak and also a quick cycle to the local pub for refreshments. There was also a converted horse box serving food on site some of the nights we were there. The fire pits were useful for when the sun went in. Virtually no phone service either so we had a lovely, relaxing weekend. Would definitely go back.
Aug 27, 2019 by Vicky

Great stay - thank you

Really lovely campsite. Good smooth grass surface for your tent. Very relaxing place with very clean toilets and showers. Really nice touches with the campsite providing fire pits with marshmallows and wood to purchase. Highly recommended.

Great facilities and location but far too busy for a small site

A nice site but not a lot to it and we found it strange that there seemed to be no presence from owners for our entire stay. This what I would describe as a back to basics campsite (ie showers, Loos and that’s about it) which Is what we wanted and consequently I would expect spaces to be more Restricted to the capacity of the field particularly when it’s not cheap! While the showers and facilities were really really good they did not cope desperately well with the volume of campers. As others have commented, numerous dogs off leads and both nights noise well beyond the 10pm “rule”. Perhaps it would be better midweek when it’s quieter but I certainly feel it was expensive for what was essentially a very crowded field! We hope we might return in off season to enjoy this lovely part of Norfolk.
Aug 19, 2019 by George

Beautiful River, freindly staff

We had so much fun, the staff were great and freindly, super pretty place, the river is nice and calm and full of wildlife. Its not super bust either so you get a lot of time by yourself on the river to enjoy the scenery.

Fantastic stay

I camped here for a week in August with my husband and son. We had a fantastic week and really enjoyed our stay. The toilets and showers were clean and the showers were hot. The field was perfect for camping, flat and dry and the grass was kept short. The location was great as there was lots to do locally to keep us busy. We took our kayaks and spent an afternoon paddling along the canal. The first section of the canal is very overgrown, some parts with stinging nettles, which made it hard work, there was then a very muddy path to carry the kayaks along to pass the lock, but after that it was easy and very pleasant paddling. If you put your canoe in from the glamping field then you miss the worst of the overgrown section of you aren't feeling too adventurous, or you can paddle the canal starting from the other end at Wayford Bridge. The canal is beautiful and very peaceful as there are no motor boats allowed. The braziers provided were very useful as there are grills so you can use them to BBQ. However, the logs provided for sale at the campsite weren't great as they were damp and, at £5 for a small bag, overpriced too. The campsite was very relaxed and friendly during the week, with everyone being considerate and sticking to the very few rules. At the weekend it got a bit more crowded with a group keeping me awake until 1am. We also had neighbours who didn't put their dogs on leads despite them barking and chasing everyone who went past. We didn't meet the campsite owner the whole week and they seemed to just drive around the site a couple of times a day, which means there was nobody around to sort out any problems. This is the main reason I haven't given the site 5 stars. Overall though we had a brilliant time and would definitely recommend the campsite.
Aug 13, 2019 by Faye Barbary Verified Review

Idyllic break

Fabulous facilities and great setting. Very little light pollution so wonderful opportunity to enjoy the stars. Great fire pits. Really chilled and quiet (though notably busier at weekends). Loved easy access to Weavers Way for walking/cycling/running and canal, though fairly overgrown, was opportunity for idyllic meander in canoes. Lots of room for kids to play. Looking forward to coming back already! x
Aug 4, 2019 by Jax

Excellent stay, lovely campsite

We came for four nights in July 2019, with three children. The facilities are excellent and the kids really enjoyed having the space to play football. Showers are good and warm and other facilities are kept thoroughly clean. We really enjoyed canoeing down the canal for a while. Can highly recommend it and we will be back.
Aug 2, 2019 by Ben Tucker Verified Review

Great weekend break

Stayed here for a weekend with partner and dog, site was excellent - good location with plenty of walks around and a great dog friendly beach a short drive away, a number of pubs within walking distance, on site facilities were fantastic and super clean and everyone was so friendly! Woud certainly stay here again and recommend to all.
Jul 14, 2019 by Emma

Quiet. Clean. Good for canoeists.

Quiet site. Very relaxed. Clean toilet and showers. Easy put-in for canoes on disused canal. No shop on site or nearby. No owner/staff based on site but regular visits and chats with campers ensured all clean and running well. Good flat grass field - no marked pitches so pitch anywhere.

The Best

Great 2 days Camping. Relaxed under a big sky with lots of space around us 2 days felt like a weeks break Clean toilets and showers with a rustic feel Canal just a few feet away . Took my inflatable kayak . Main entrance to canal very over grown - lovely adventure feel but perhaps a little dodgy for an inflatable - we headed off to the second canal entrance which was just a field away . Easy access Great walks Along weavers way just a couple of minutes along the road or across the field footpath Fire pits / BBQ to cook on and sit around Great for groups or families or couples


Thank you so much for an awesome stay, really felt like a proper little holiday. The campsite itself was lovely and quiet, everything was very clean and well cared for. The canal was beautiful and if you get a chance to take out the canoes do it! Couldn't ask for more, will definitely be back. Not having an early set check out time worked really well too as meant we could get the tent dry before packing up - bonus! Oh and would recommend making the most of the firewood and fire pits (and marshmallows) on site rather than heading to the local pub (we were the only ones eating at 7pm on a Sat night in the Cross Keys, food was good, just awkwardly very quiet!)

Lovely location, great facilities and cool canoeing!

We loved this campsite - a really pretty field with some lovely walks nearby. It was quiet and laid back, even when some large groups arrived on the Saturday night. The facilities were fantastic - the toilets and showers were spotless with lots of hot water. We really likes the little changing area in each shower too. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. Our favourite thing was hiring the canoe on the private canal - it really made our trip! Will definitely return here and recommend to others.
Sep 16, 2018 by Emma Braithwaite

Lovely site with great facilities

Wasn't very busy when I was there last week but can't fault the cleanliness of the toilets and showers! The site is ideally situated for both fabulous beaches - Craister especially - and the broads Only 10 minutes from shops including Waitrose and Tescos and takeaways for those who can't be bother to cook!
Sep 2, 2018 by Tricia

Perfect place to pitch

We've just enjoyed a great short stay at Canal Camping over the late August bank holiday. Despite the less-than-ideal weather we enjoyed walks along the canal and Weaver's Way. The site has a lovely feel to it - warm and welcoming but equally quiet and peaceful, especially on mid-week days. The fire pits are great and bagged wood plentiful. The toilets and showers are a great standard and really well maintained. We will definitely be back next summer.
Aug 30, 2018 by Laura

A sublime, quiet corner of the Broads

Love it here. We've been a couple of times this year and it's top of our 'let's get the camping kit in the car and head out NOW' campsite list. The showers and loos are immaculate, there are firepits to borrow (and marshmallows to buy, should you have forgotten to stock up - cash only). We bring our kayak and love to head out through along the stream towards the wider broads. This initial paddling is through clear, shallow water and you're likely to see dragonflies, kingfishers, herons and various birds of prey as you make your way towards the busier, boat-occupied sections further upstream. It's all very Ransomian and Blyton-esque.
Aug 28, 2018 by fukuokagirl

Open spaces and great facilities..

Just returned from a stay at Canal Camping which was great. Nice field style with nature all around. You get a raised firepit which is very easy to use especially with the complementary Firestarters and available firewood to purchase along with marshmallows. What we were most impressed with Canal Camping was the toilets and showers... All new and clean, I've never been to a campsite where the facilities were cleaned twice a day! It really makes a difference. You can bring a canoe or hire one from the site and the canal/creek is right at the edge of the site. We didn't get a chance to go on the canal as we spent our 2 days at the beach. Happisburgh beach is a 10 minute drive and has parking and toilets, it's a nice sandy beach with a part of the water enclosed by rocks so the kids don't get swept out. Spending the days away from the campsite it was nice to come back to clean facilities and wide open spaces for the kids to play, not like other sites where everyone is clustered together. Would definitely go back to continue exploring the coast and canals.
Aug 23, 2018 by Emm

Simple, but all you need

A lovely level field. Very clean and well maintained facilities in the middle. Plenty of fire pits, wood and marshmallows. Near to beaches, canals and pub. Although well cared for, you don't feel overly controlled or managed. Nice, relaxing experience.
Aug 13, 2018 by Sophie

Relaxing and Spacious

When we arrived there was only about four other tents set up excluding the three bell tents. We pulled up on the flat field, found a brazier and a bench and set up for the night. The toilets and showers are immaculate. I’d recommend taking some firewood or buying your own (£5 a bag) and I would thoroughly recommend taking a canoe out down the abandoned canal (but make sure you are fit) despite the £50 price and leave yourself the whole day. All in all, we would definitely visit again.
Aug 10, 2018 by Aaron E

Lovely relaxing get away!

Canal camping is a lovely peaceful campsite right by the canal with lovely walks and great beaches near by. The facilities are excellent. Toilets and showers are kept immaculately clean. Very laid back atmosphere and the fire baskets are a huge bonus!
Aug 6, 2018 by Lisa

Clean, laid back, stress free

Freindly staff, full of charm and wit. Good toilet and shower facilities. Clean and well maintained. Quiet field away from it all, but amenities a 10 minute drive away. Canoes available to hire for a lovely paddle along a not too overgrown canal - a hidden treasure with surprises around each corner. Dark skies at night great for stargazing. Perfect for families with all ages of kids
Aug 6, 2018 by Rachel

Beautiful setting

We found this to be a very lovely campsite when we stayed during the week. The setting is beautiful, the facilities are clean, new and well maintained and it's a lovely place to relax in. You can hire a canoe from the owners and go on a wonderful expedition up the canal. The campsite is well located for heading to the beach and for exploring the Broads. The weekend, however, felt rather disappointing by comparison - much more crowded and very noisy. The four toilets, four showers and two washing up sinks really struggled to cope with the number of people from the forty odd tents on the site and you always had to queue to use the loo, shower or wash up - it wasn't a disaster but it didn't add to the relaxation. The other issue is that the 10pm quiet policy didn't happen over the weekend we were there - some larger groups of campers were noisy (good natured but loud) until after midnight - again, not necessarily a problem for everyone but not great if you have kids who want to sleep. I would definitely go again midweek but not at the weekend.
Aug 6, 2018 by Bernardtc Verified Review

Peace and quiet

Loved this campsite. The toilets and showers were quirky but absolutely immaculate. To get the best view of the broads I'd definitely suggest hiring a day boat or canoes.
Aug 5, 2018 by John

Canal adventures in the sunshine

Had a wonderful stay over the weekend! The campsite was a beautiful spot and lovely and spacious ! No set cramped pitches! The toilets were immaculate and the showers hot! There were canoes to hire but we had our own and had great adventures exploring the water! Jo was a brilliant host, really friendly and answered any questions we had. My 10 year old had a great time playing in the fields with his new friends and roasting marshmallows on the firepit! All of which were available on site. A great relaxed atmosphere. Nice beaches a short drive away and pubs with good pub grub nearby ! We just wish we had longer to stay! A perfect family weekend adventure We will be back !
Jul 22, 2018 by Hayley


Absolutely loved staying here, we have even booked another night for my partners birthday! Very quiet and peaceful lots of walks around the lock. Toilets and showers kept very clean and daily stocked with toilet roll. Don't have a bad word to say.
Jul 9, 2018 by rosie

Lovely peaceful setting, great facilities.

Huge open space that never felt crowded even on a fully booked bank holiday weekend. Excellent toilet/shower facilities and easy access to nice walks/canoeing. Love the fire pits and thoughtfully provided lighters, marshmallows and logs for sale! Will def. go again.
Sep 29, 2017 by Luke

Great stay at quiet, well kept, spacious campsite

Brand new toilets and showers Lots of space Fire pits, wood and marshmallows available Friendly and welcoming owners Super canoeing direct from site on quiet part of the canal - great for getting away from it all!
Sep 3, 2017 by KatrinH

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