Wild Camping in Norfolk

Wild Camping and Canoeing on the Norfolk Broads

Situated in six acres of beautiful wilderness within the Norfolk Broads National Park, Alderfen Marshes provide the perfect setting for wild camping in Norfolk.

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

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

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Wild Camping in Norfolk: Back to basics…

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

Get away from it all

  • No mains water but fresh drinking water supplied on site
  • No electricity; light provided alternatively by sun, moon and stars
  • No wifi, tweets courtesy of the dawn chorus instead
  • No mains drains; clean, off-grid toilet included with each pitch
  • No vehicles on pitches, however trollies are provided from private car park
  • No dogs due to nesting birds, water voles and other sensitive wildlife
  • No children. Over 18s only; especially suited to couples

Private Secluded Pitches

First and foremost Alderfen Marshes is a conservation area, offering the ultimate in privacy whilst wild camping in Norfolk. Each pitch sits in its own private area of nature reserve,  accessed by a path winding through the marshes in order to really get away from it all. 

The fire-bowl and wood-fired rocket stove provided means that you simply pitch your tent, sit back, relax and enjoy some personal space surrounded by nature.  Explore the paths through the surrounding conservation area in order to get close to the local wildlife.

Camp and Canoe

Come and go as you please in your Canadian canoe, exploring the tranquil backwaters of Surlingham Broad. The picturesque riverside pubs on the river Yare add to the peaceful surroundings of the Norfolk Broads.

Camp and Canoe Includes:

  • Private, secluded pitch on Alderfen Marshes
  • Canadian canoe, with buoyancy aids and maps
  • Fire bowl
  • Wood fuelled rocket stove for cooking
  • Fresh drinking water
  • Clean, portable, private off-grid toilet
  • Trollies for transporting equipment
  • Car parking space

Two nights for two adults: £150.00
Three nights for two adults: £210.00

2021 Opening Dates

17th of May to the 19th of September 2021.

Travelling light? Equipment available to hire on site...

  • 3 metre Tipi Tent: £25.00 per night
  • Cooking grill for fire-bowl: £3.00 per night
  • Small table and two stools: £3.50 per night
  • Large table and two stools: £5.00 per night
  • Camping kettle, 2 saucepans and frying pan: £3.50 per night
  • Two plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, tin & bottle openers: £3.50 per night
  • Portable camping shower: £3.50 per night
  • Campfire wood: £5.00 per bin
  • Cool-box with ice blocks: £3.50 per night
  • Comfy hammock (single) with stand: £15.00 per night
  • Rain shelter tarp (3m x 4m) with poles: £6.00 per night

Try your hand at spoon-carving during your stay...

A half-day spoon carving experience exclusively for campers.  Learn the basics of spoon-carving, creating your own unique spoon, using wood sourced sustainably from Alderfen Marshes.

Pick and choose the time which best fit in with other activities during your stay

£30.00 for one person or £50.00 for two people.   

Within a mile of Alderfen Marshes...

As well as having the tranquility of Surlingham Broad on our doorstep, we are surrounded by fantastic local amenities within easy walking (and in some cases paddling) distance.

Coldham Hall

Coldham Hall is a quaint inn with a riverside garden serving real ales and classic pub food with modern twists.

Yare Valley Farm Shop

Stock up with fantastic local produce at Yare Valley Farm Shop, a unique and award-winning self service farm shop

The Ferry House

The Ferry House is a friendly traditional pub on the river Yare, popular with locals and holiday makers alike.

Winbirri Vineyard

Pop down the road to the award-winning Winbirri Vineyard to relax in the wine garden or take in a guided tour

Teles Patisserie

Teles Patisserie offers an amazing selection of delicious pastries, fresh bread, afternoon teas and more. 

Wheatfen Nature Reserve

Wheatfen Nature Reserve is a unique space, managed by the Ted Ellis Trust, home to a huge diversity of wildlife.

"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!"
Lydia
Group Booking
"Peacefulness, very friendly and professional owners. Very soft pitches due to the marshes made it more comfortable than other campsites."
Jo K
Couple Booking

"Back to basics camping at its best..."

"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 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."
Phil B
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."
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!"
Edward WS
Couple Booking