+ what’s nearby
A quiet and spacious campsite in a secluded location but within a short walk to nearby seaside villages. Part of the Camping and Caravanning club, this site is well maintained and has all the facilities you will need but has avoided appearing busy and impersonal.
Tents, Motorhomes, Caravan & Ready Camp
- Showers bocks with toilets and Washbasins
- Dedicated accessible facilities
- Pets welcome
- Motorhome service point
- Children’s play area
- Grass only pitch (no electric)
- Grass pitch with electric hook-up
- Hard standing with electric hook-up
- Ready Camp tents on site
- Family shower room
- Gas cylinders
- Ice pack freezing
- Parent and baby room
West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club can be reached from various directions so, some simplicity, we are directing you from two opposite direction and via main roads.
If you are coming from the North, as we did, then you will eventually leave the A1 and head East. You will no doubt head for Kings Lynn and this is where we can pick up the onward directions, as it becomes a bit more straight forward. From Kings Lynn, follow the A148, eventually passing the towns of Holt and Bodham. You need to turn right at a junction just before and opposite the Roman Camp Inn. You are now on a single-track road and continue to the right at a fork junction. This will take you to a cross road, with a sign to National Trust Beeston Regis Heath on the left and a sign for the campsite on your right. The road down to the campsite needs some care, especially if you are towing a caravan – enjoy.
If you are coming from the South, then you will probably come through Norwich. Follow the A140 until you reach Cromer, then take the A148. Just after the junction for Lions Mouth Lane, take a right. You are now on a single-track road and continue to the right at a fork junction. This will take you to a cross road, with a sign to National Trust Beeston Regis Heath on the left and a sign for the campsite on your right. The road down to the campsite needs some care, especially if you are towing a caravan – enjoy.
A stay at West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club will give you lots of options. The campsite itself is perfectly set up for a relaxing stay with great facilities but when you do decide to explore, you won’t be disappointed. We have started with where you can go on foot or cycle and then included visits to places that will require a car or public transport.
First up. What’s close by: –
If you walk out of the gate at the main reception and head up the head you would have driven down, you will eventually reach the National Trust – West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath. Beacon Hill, the highest point in Norfolk, can be found here do it’s hardly surprising that there are some lovely coastal views to be found.
The Norfolk coastal walk passes the local towns and we would recommend a 4.5-mile walk, going from west to east. Starting in Sheringham and finishing in Cromer: –
- Beeston Bump – Tallest Mountain In The World at 338ft it is the county’s highest summit. Coming from Scotland, we found it amusing but appreciated the significance of this ‘hill’ and the views are still worth the ‘climb’.
- West Runton. By the time you reach West Runton, you will no doubt be looking for a coffee stop. If you are up for a short detour then head down towards the Seaview Beach Café, via Water Lane adjacent to Laburnum Caravan Park, the café itself isn’t necessarily the draw but the sea view and relaxing opportunity to recharge is worth the walk.
- East Runton is next and it’s sometimes nice, when you’re out walking, to just walk and generally appreciate the fact that you are walking from town to town with no real aim or particular thing you want to see and on reaching East Runton, it felt just like that.
- Next up is Cromer. Much busier and more to see, which is good as it is the end of this walk. It would have been disappointing to have reached your destination and have nothing to see. Cromer Beach a traditional Victorian seaside resort, with a sand and shingle beach popular for swimming and surfing. Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre opened in 1901 and still has regular performances on throughout the year. Look out for the Bagot goats, introduced to the grassy slopes near Cromer Beach as pasture management. Cromer is about a 2.3-mile walk back to the campsite.
A slight detour from the Norfolk Coastal Path, near Sheringham, Beeston Regis Priory. Dating back to 1216, it has undergone £13,000 of works to clear it of its leafy cloak, and repair the most vulnerable parts of its impressive structure.
Moving further afield and requiring a car or public transport: –
- Holt Country Park is well worth a visit. It’s about 9.5 miles along the A148, from the campsite and offers some lovely walks or cycling, there is also a tea room and facilities. If you are up for a long walk or a short cycle then Baconsthorpe Castle is about 3.5 miles away from Holt Country park via quiet roads and paths. The castle is a ruined, fortified manor house near the village of Baconsthorpe. It was established in the 15th century
- National Trust – Blakeney National Nature Reserve is about 11 miles from the campsite and is worth a mention if you are looking for a day trip. Comprised of saltmarsh, sand dunes, mudflats and huge areas of hard flat-sand beach, this area has a ‘wildness’ about it that is rare. There are several paths to take and be prepared to put in a good few miles. We eventually ended up in the town next door to where we had parked our car but it was an easy walk back along the road. We also found a great spot for a coffee Artemis Coffee Shop.
- Another11 miles along the coast is Holkham National Nature Reserve. Be prepared for a long walk to the beach, used several times as a backdrop for movies such as The Duchess (2008), starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes and once there, be prepared to be underwhelmed. At least that’s how we felt. Yes, its expansive and yes, the sand is golden but it just didn’t do it for us. You might see it differently.
- Just across the road from the entrance to Holkham National Nature Reserve is the rather large and grand entrance to Holkham Hall. The car park is situated outside of the gated entrance and once again there is a long walk but it is through some well-kept gardens and certainly lets you know that this is a grand place. The hall itself is also pretty impressive and there is plenty of photo opportunities as well as somewhere to sit and eat.