Scaldbeck Cottage

UK England East Anglia Norfolk Blakeney

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional and petite camping by the seaside, with seal trips, beaches and boating just a stone's throw away

Travel along the main north Norfolk coast road between Sheringham and Hunstanton and, just west of the village of Morston, you’ll pass a very missable hand-painted sign bearing the legend ‘B&B and campsite’. This is Scaldbeck Cottage, which turns out to be a fine-looking traditional Norfolk flint cottage with a small camping field just beyond its garden. It’s a thoroughly informal affair and perhaps one of the best campsites anywhere in Norfolk, let alone the North Norfolk Coast.

Access to the site is around the back of the cottage, under some trees and past upturned rowing boats, while a path off through the garden leads to the loo and shower. Do pop a mallet in with your luggage, because although the grass looks soft enough, the ground beneath it is really quite hard after the first inch and will take a certain delight in bending your pegs should you attempt to ram them in with your foot.

Just a five-minute stroll from National Trust-owned Morston Quay, a vast marshy tract of land where boats bob in and out at high tide, the site is ideal for hikers who want a base from which to walk sections of the Norfolk Coast Path. Simply take the excellent Coasthopper bus to whichever point you want to walk along, then let it bring your weary legs back in the evening. To fuel you up, the bus stops at The Anchor Inn, a 10-minute stroll down the road, too, and you can re-freeze ice-packs at the campsite if you're taking a pack lunch. In the event of fire, famine, pestilence or the sword, the cottage also has a couple of rooms available for B&B.

Details

Facilities

Maximum occupancy of 12 people. One loo, 1 shower, an outdoor washing-up area, picnic tables and recycling bins. Campfires permitted in designated area (must bring own wood), BBQ and breeze blocks available. No electrical hook-ups but sockets for recharging phones.

Suitable For

Tents, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans – no.

Nearby

The 47-mile-long Norfolk Coast Path goes right past the campsite and takes in some of the best bits of the county’s coastline, from salt marshes and mudflats to cliffs. Head to Morston Quay (¼ mile) for seal-watching boat trips with Bean’s Boats (01263 740038) or Temple Boats (01263 740791) which take you out to Blakeney Point. The campsite owners are happy to book it for you. There is also a sailing school (01263 740704) at Morston Quay with various courses for children and adults.

Food & Drink

Grab a light bite at the Wiveton Hall Café (01263 740515), famous for its appearance on the BBC cult reality show Normal For Norfolk – the food is excellent and you’ll also be contributing to keeping the stately pile alive. For a good pub, try the Anchor Inn (01263 741392), a short walk away in Morston along the coastal path – excellent food (book ahead). The Wiveton Bell (01263 740101), a couple of miles inland on the other side of Blakeney, also serves great food and has a lovely garden, while The Langham Bluebell is a family-friendly pub and eatery with a pizza oven in the garden.

Opening Times

March–October (or later, if weather permits).

The Owner Says

We are a tents only campsite (Please note: no hire tents, camper vans or caravans) with space for a maximum of 12 people only. £6 per head. A shower, hand-basin and toilet room exclusively for the campsite is attached to the main cottage a few yards away. There is a fresh water sink unit on the camping field. Ice-pack refreezing and plenty of sockets for charging phones. Please contact us directly for availability and to book. Check in at Scaldbeck Cottage when you arrive so we can show you your pitch. Checkout time: 12 noon.

Pitches

Tiny grass field with space for up to 6 tents. Please contact us if your tent is larger than 5 metres in length or width.

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Location

Contact Scaldbeck Cottage, Scaldbeck Cottage, Stiffkey Road, Morston, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7BJ

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Getting There

The campsite is just off the A149 coast road just west of Morston. Look for signs to the Bluejacket Workshop and small handmade signs at the site entrance. Take a train to Sheringham the nearest train station (11 miles away) and then hop on the Coasthopper bus, which stops right outside the site.

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