Salhouse Broad

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Wroxham & Hoveton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
A wonderfully tranquil camping experience, with the Broads National Park as your back garden

Calling all water babies – Salhouse Broad is, as the name suggests, situated right on the shore of a tranquil Broad. Norfolk’s prettiest attraction, the Broads, are a labyrinth of lazy rivers, freshwater lakes and saltwater marshes, forming over 100 miles of lock-free waterways. Britain's largest protected wetland is home to some of England's rarest birdlife such as the marsh harrier and kingfisher, making the region a must-visit for all budding ornithologists. So, if you like your campsites with a waterside vista and more wildlife sightings than an afternoon at the zoo (well, almost), then Salhouse Broad is going to be right up your street. Or should that be Broad?

Camping at Salhouse Broad is a suitably back-to-basics affair, with no electric hook-ups or washing facilities. The ‘Camping Corner’ is a one minute walk from the water's edge, and pitches all come unmarked, only adding to the relaxed vibe. Wherever you decide to set-up camp, the peaceful and harmonious atmosphere of this place is all but assured. Cars are notable by their absence (the car park is a 10-minute walk away), and as for sleeping next to a cumbersome caravan? Forget it. Apart from the odd nattering bird, and, of course, the gently flowing River Bure, you'll have nothing to listen to but your own sighs of contentment. Children can really get stuck in and pretend they’re Huckleberry Finn: the river is a big part of the site's appeal and you can hire canoes or kayaks and go for a paddle.

Infrequently criss-crossed by rail and roads, the Broads are best explored by boat, where you could blissfully spend a week or two visiting the many windmills, churches and pubs this watery wonderland has to offer. Exploring the region by car isn’t recommended, but walkers and cyclists can make use of the vast network of footpaths and cycle trails. The Broads Authority have plenty of bike rental points dotted around, whilst walkers might consider lacing-up and hitting the 61-mile ‘Weavers Way’. This lovely long-distance footpath winds itself through a diverse landscape of woodland, historic country estates and retired railway lines.

The area surrounding Salhouse Broad is simply beautiful and always seems to have something new to reveal: another deserted lake hidden behind the hedges or hundreds of tiny fish swimming around the shallow waters of a trickling river. With the evening air scented by campfire smoke (yes they’re allowed!) and perhaps the odd sing-song from sociable campers, this wonderful place just oozes rural, back-to-basics appeal.

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Facilities

25 pitches, portaloos (number depends upon the season), disabled portaloo (every season), toilet block in the car park, drinking water (1 minute walk from the site, located at the Broad itself) and trolleys/barrows available to carry equipment from the car park. Please note, we do not have any showers or hot water on site. Fires must be made in the fire pit and disposable BBQ's must be raised off the ground. In particularly dry periods there is a ‘no fire’ policy due to dry grass and fire risk. Please look out for signs or ask the Ranger. Please note: there is no electric hook-up or washing facilities.

Suitable For

Tents (1 tent per pitch), families, couples and dogs – yes. Unfortunately caravans and camper vans are not permitted; parking is in the car park 10 minutes walk away from the camping field (at peak times, you can park closer, which will be detailed in your confirmation email). Groups of 6 or more adults are not permitted AND groups must follow current covid-19 restrictions. We do not accept hen parties or stag parties.

Nearby

St. Helen's Church in Ranworth (01603 270769) houses a host of fascinating treasures and is the spiritual home for the local community. The church tower can be climbed (89 steps, 2 ladders and a trap door in case you're wondering!) and offers fabulous views of the River Bure. The onsite shop at Woodfordes Brewery (01603 720353) opened in 2007 and is packed full of Norfolk goodies and is just a short walk away. Toad Hole Cottage (01692 678763) is a former eel-catcher’s cottage which now exhibits information on the trade, which was common until the 1940's.

Food & Drink

Set in the picturesque village of Woodbastwick, The Fur and Feather (01256 384170) offers upper-end quality pub grub (with very large portions) and a lovely local atmosphere. Famous for their Woodfordes Brewery, the pub offers plenty of ‘real ales’ using only the finest local ingredients, including Norfolk-grown barley. The Salhouse Bell (01603 263819), serves affordable pub food and hosts a variety of events throughout the week, including a weekly pub quiz.

Opening Times

April–September. Wardens are on duty everyday within this period (from 10am–7pm) for assistance.

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Pitches

The camping corner is a 1 minute walk from the waters edge and in a lovely location to watch the Broadland sunsets. 25 unmarked spaces (each 4m x 4m) with plenty of room between each pitch.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 10 Available
Our grass pitches fit a tent maximum of 4m x 4m. They are located in a peaceful and tranquil setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads. Our campsite is low-impact and back-to-basics, set just a few yards from the waters' edge. We have very basic toilet facilities, just chemical toilets and a toilet block at the car park. We also welcome dogs on our site.

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Location

Contact Salhouse Broad, Lower Street, Salhouse, Norfolk NR13 6RX

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Getting There

From Norwich or Wroxham: follow Lower Street through Salhouse. The Broad car park is on the left as you come to the end of the village.

Bus: ask for 'Thieves Lane, Salhouse' with Anglian Bus.

Train: the Bittern line stops every two hours at Salhouse Station.

Bike: you can secure your bike in the bike-rack just down the path from the car park.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 15 reviews

★★★★★

Lovely campsite in beautiful area

Gorgeous place, right by the water with canoes available at a reasonable price! Family friendly but also great for friends. 20 min walk from a fantastic gastropub. Rangers were very helpful and provided fire pits for just £10. Very relaxed atmosphere. Couldn't recommend highly enough.
★★★★★

Excellent campsite in a beautiful location

For canoeing, this has to be one of the best sites on the broads. The water is no more than 50 yards from the site and the rangers bring firewood to your pitch for an evening campfire - what more could you want!
Sep 13, 2020 by Ian
★★★★★

A little oasis

We loved this little campsite. The rangers were really friendly & helpful as was the lady in the ‘Hungry otter’ drink & food hut. The scenery is absolutely beautiful & my family enjoyed hiring a canoe and seeing more of the broads. There’s only a drinking water tap on site & portaloos but a small price to pay to have a few days relaxation. No electric so unfortunately my daughters had to come off their phones for a couple of days. What a shame! We will definitely return.
★★★★★

Great location for family camping

Loved the location and campsite, really helpful rangers. Discovered the Horning foot ferry at Woodbastwick staithe which made a great trip for the kids to Horning and back. Great pub food at the Fur and Feathers in Woodbastwick. Found the river canoeing from Salhouse busy with hire boats -although great to paddle around Salhouse broad, but hired a canoe from the CanoeMan at Hoveton and paddling from there was much more peaceful with few motor boats.
Aug 31, 2020 by Kate Tuck Verified Review
★★★★☆

A nice place to stay

Campsite was as advertised - very basic but Not overcrowded and set in a great location. Plenty of space for playing and great opportunities to explore in the woodland. The addition of portaloos meant there were actually more facilities than promised. We’d stay again.
★★★★★

Beautiful, relaxing and spacious

Always something to do and always an excuse just to sit and relax. A rural campsite in a beautiful location on the broads. Ideal for families or those without children. Picturesque walks and fun on the water. The ranger and his team were very helpful and friendly, both over the phone prior to booking and throughout our stay. The fire pit in the evenings added an extra something special.
★★★★★

Beautiful, spacious and relaxing

Beautifully situated on the broads. The ranger and his team were extremely helpful both over the phone prior to booking and throughout our stay. Would recommend to anyone who wants the experience of rural camping. Quiet site ideal for families and those without children. Plenty of space, beautiful walks and fun to be had on water. Hire of the fire pit made the evening.
★★★★★

OK campsite on busy broad

A rural setting just a few steps from the Broad. The camping field is sloping, but not dramatically. Tents are scattered across the field, with cars moving between them (this was August, there may be fewer cars, as described on the website, in the quieter seasons). There was quite a lot of litter, cigarette ends etc on the grass. Chemical toilets were reasonably clean, but inevitably smelly, and drinking water was available in the field although it ran dry during our visit due to the number of boats also filling from the supply. There are no showers. There was quite a lot of noise at night (until about 1:30) from a few groups, but no music. A little stall sells ice cream & juice, which was welcome in the heatwave. There is a small beach area which was lovely for a swim early in the morning but very crowded for the rest of the day, maybe because of the number of boats moored very close by. All the children & dogs had churned the water, so it was very murky although refreshing. We rented canoes & explored the River Bure. It was busy with motor cruisers on the main river, but some of the smaller broads were idyllic, so definitely worth getting out & paddling. The smaller Broads above Wroxham were particularly lovely, with crystal clear water, dragonflies, water lily flowers and hardly any one around. After paddling for 2 days in cheap & uncomfortable floatation vests we removed them as we approached the jetty to return the canoes, only to be firmly told off by the man in charge of canoe rentals, who talked us in detail through various clauses in the contract which we had entered into by hiring the canoes. Sad to have had such an encounter, which rather soured the canoeing experience. In summary, an ok campsite, probably best outside the school holidays, and maybe better for people with their own canoes or kayaks. I would say, for quiet camping & paddling in the Broads, look elsewhere on the less popular waterways.
Aug 14, 2020 by CampingCanoeingCaper
★★★★★

Lovely Relaxing spot in fab location!

Such a lovely spot to camp and Salhouse Broad was beautiful. You get what you see in the description with toilets however they were perfectly clean and access to hoses at the edge of the water for washing down water equipment. The spot was easy to access and very peaceful and we would definitely return!
★★★★★

Beautiful, exciting, peaceful

Spent a wonderful few days at the tranquil campsite at Salhouse. Plenty of space to set up camp. Staff really helpful. Fires allowed and fire pits supplied, logs available too. Kids spent days splashing in water, shallow enough for the to play safely. Big skies and lovely woodland walks. No shower, toilets clean. Would definitely return.
★★★☆☆

Okay

It was a sufficient stay however toilets were not clean, soap was always out. Didn’t get greeted when we arrived so wasn’t clear where we should pitch etc as two separate fields. Not alot to do but they do specify basic campsite. Playground for kids was poor. It was just a bridge and bits of wood to balance on. Was okay for a little getsway but wouldn’t return.
Jul 24, 2020 by Rachel

Response from Salhouse Broad

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We have at least one ranger on site during check in times and their phone number is on the booking confirmation if you can't find them. We clean the toilets 3 times a day, so I'm sorry if you found them not to be clean. We are a basic campsite and don't pretend be anything else. We are in the process of replacing the play area and we do not sell it as a feature of the campsite. I'm sorry you were disappointed. 
★★★☆☆

Lovely campsite, disappointing toilets

The campsite is in a beautiful spot and the staff were very helpful. The toilets were basic and clean but during the two nights we stayed there only half the toilets had soap and running water, disappointing especially during a pandemic. If it wasn’t for this we would return as it’s so picturesque and the pitches are generous in size.
Jul 20, 2020 by Olivia

Response from Salhouse Broad

Apologies Olivia for this experience, we are regularly cleaning the toilets, but it seems we can do better with our checks. Please accept our apologies and rest assured we will endeavour to make sure this does not happen again. 
★★★★★

Cracking back to basics site

Lovely grassy site with admittedly very basic facilities, but the location on Salhouse broad is fantastic. We took some kayaks and the launch point was an easy 100 yards from our tent. Close to Wroxham for food and essentials. Lovely peaceful spot away from the hubbub. While the site communicates clear rules on keeping noise down at night there were a couple of nights during our stay where livelier groups were audible longer into the evening. This didn't bother us (we're used to festival camping so don't mind sleeping with earplugs) but might be disruptive for others so may be worth mentioning.
★★★★★

Brilliant!!!!

Amazing location! A lot fun for all family! Walking, fishing, swimming....all that you want is in Salhouse Broad. We will come back 100%
★★★★★

Back to basics

This is an idyllic location, just a minute from the edge of Salhouse Broad. Great for canoeing. We were very lucky that we were allowed to park directly beside the camping field. Otherwise, it's a good ten minutes' walk along from the car park, so pack light! Nearby there's an excellent (and popular) pub/brewery that's 20 minutes' walk along a quite road. Otherwise, no other services within easy walking distance.
Aug 29, 2018 by H Magee

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