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Wild-Camping and Canoeing

On Alderfen Marshes

Get away from it all with camping and canoeing on Alderfen Marshes

Situated in six acres of beautiful wilderness within the Norfolk Broads National Park, the marshes provide an excellent setting to get away from it all.

Great for nature lovers who want to get close to local wildlife and wake up to a sensational dawn chorus over the marshes.

Awarded ‘Best Couples Campsite in the East of England 2018’ by Campsites.co.uk, Alderfen Marshes provides an idillic rural getaway for couples.

The ‘Camp & Canoe Combo’ on Alderfen Marshes offers private, secluded camping with use of your own Canadian canoe to come and go as you please.

Groups of up to eight adults can enjoy exclusive use of the marshes, catching up and spending time together in a remote rural setting. 

Wild-Camping: Back to basics…

Once settled into your own private pitch, you may choose to relax around your campfire and enjoy the natural surroundings, wander the marsh paths or take to the canoes and explore the labyrinth of secluded waterways.

  • No mains water …. fresh drinking water provided on site
  • No electricity …. light provided by sun, moon and stars
  • No wifi …. tweets provided by the dawn chorus
  • No mains drains … clean, off-grid toilets provided
  • Limited car access … free minibus transport available from Norwich
  • No dogs … nesting birds, water voles and other sensitive wildlife
  • No children … over 18s only

Master the art of cooking over a wood-fired rocket stove, under the stars, for a real wild camping experience.

Private Secluded Pitches

Each pitch sits in its own private area of Alderfen Marshes nature reserve, accessed by a grass path winding through the trees and reeds to really get away from it all. With a fire-bowl and wood-fired rocket stove provided, simply pitch your tent, sit back, relax and enjoy some personal space surrounded by nature.  Explore the paths through the surrounding conservation area rich with abundant wildlife. 

With just four secluded pitches in a six acre reserve, Alderfen Marshes offers the ultimate in private camping.

Travelling light? Optional extras available

  • Spacious three-metre tipi tent: £30 per stay  (Must be pre-booked)
  • Small table and two stools: £6 per stay
  • Large table with seats: £10.00 per stay
  • Kettle, two saucepans, one frying pan: £5.00 per stay
  • Two plates, bowls and cups; cutlery, tin opener, bottle opener: £3 per stay 
  • Portable camping shower: £6 per stay
  • Campfire wood: £6 per large sack
  • Have your supermarket food order delivered to site: £5 per order

'Camp & Canoe Combo' package:

  • Private pitch on Alderfen Marshes
  • Canadian canoe hire (includes buoyancy aids, paddles and maps)
  • Fire bowl
  • Wood fuelled rocket-stove for cooking
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Clean, portable, private off-grid toilet
  • Minibus transport – free collection and drop off to Norwich
  • Trollies for transporting equipment

Camping and Canoeing prices

Private Pitch

Enjoy the privacy of a secluded pitch on Alderfen Marshes
From £17.00 per person per night 
Minimum of two people and two nights at weekends (Fri – Sun)

Camp & Canoe Combo

2 nights wild-camping for 2 adults with 2 days Canadian canoe hire
£120 package
Extra night £50.00
Extra person £30.00 per night 

Included in

 ‘40 Best UK Campsites 2019′

Canadian canoe hire for campers and members.

 Explore Surlingham Broad, the river Yare and surrounding waterways. 
Relax and enjoy a peaceful paddle, picturesque riverside pubs and rich wildlife of the Norfolk Broads.  

Two-person canoe: £30.00 for the first 2 hours plus £5.00 per extra hour
Three-person canoe: £40.00 for the first 2 hours plus £7.00 per extra hour

Minimum of two people required for canoe hire

Getting there

By train: Norwich train station is less that two hours from London Liverpool Street station and has excellent links across the country.  Free minibus collection and drop-off at Norwich train station is included.
By bus: Norwich bus station offers a convenient and cost-effective way to travel. Free minibus collection and drop-off at Norwich bus station is included.
By canoe: Access by canoe is just a ten minute paddle from the river Yare at Brundall with clear maps to guide you to Alderfen Marshes’ mooring pontoon.  
By car: There are limited car parking spaces at Alderfen Marshes. 
On foot: Alderfen Marshes is situated on the ‘Wherryman’s Way’ footpath, with easy access to nature reserves, a farm shop, pubs, local vineyard and other areas of interest.

Camping in Norfolk - Minibus
"Lovely secluded pitches with beautiful surroundings. When we arrived we were greeted by Mary and Steve who were both very welcoming, friendly and informative. The details of our stay were explained and we made our way to our pitch which was very spacious and located in the far corner of the marshes. We visited The Ferry pub in the evening, and enjoyed a few drinks outside by the river. In the morning we made use of the canoes and had a paddle around the marshes. We had a great time on our first camping adventure and can't recommend this location highly enough. It was back to basics camping at its best, and a very relaxing break away from work and electronics."
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Phil B
Couple Booking
"We loved that we could canoe right from our tents. We loved the communal area. We loved the beautiful marshes and nature all around the site. We loved Steve and Mary who happily helped us with everything we needed and made our trip super easy. They gave us the entire site to ourselves so that we had free run of the place and could have everything we needed. And we loved that it was only 2 hours 20 from London!"
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Group Booking
"Peacefulness, very friendly and professional owners. Very soft pitches due to the marshes made it more comfortable than other campsites."
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Jo K
Couple Booking
"The nature and the area was to die for. Beautiful, private pitch, welcoming and caring owners made the stay so enjoyable. We went canoeing for half a day and it was such an amazing and relaxing experience. We did not want to leave- only stayed for the weekend, but will definitely be going back."
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Greta V
Couple Booking
"Absolutely incredible place to camp and escape the city. Spent 2 nights at Alderfen Marshes and had an amazing and relaxing time canoeing. Very courteous and kind staff and will definitely be visiting again!"
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Edward WS
Couple Booking
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