Salhouse Broad

UK England East Anglia Norfolk

Top Barn, Broad Farm, Upper Street, Salhouse, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 6HE

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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