West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club

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Holgate Lane
West Runton
Norfolk
NR27 9NW

Tel:01263 837544 

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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.   

 

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Facilities

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
  • Dishwashing
  • Family shower room
  • Gas cylinders
  • Ice pack freezing
  • Parent and baby room

 

Getting there

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Read about our trip

West Runton Camping & Caravanning Club is approximately 380 miles from our home, so our stay at this campsite would need to be over several day to make it worth our time going. To help break up the journey, we also decided to stop over for a night in Leeds. We had done something similar before, when we had headed to North Devon, as Leeds is a good halfway point. Last time, we stayed in an Airbnb mansion but this time is would be Roland’s Croft Guest House.

So, fresh from our trip to Seal Shore Campsite on the Isle of Arran and with only 24 hours to get reorganized, we were off again to West Runton, via Leeds.

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Our journey to Leeds was straight forward enough and we arrive at our Airbnb late afternoon. Our host who was friendly enough, although lacked that welcoming charm but it was only for one night. Our room was separate from the main house, possibly a converted outhouse and wasn’t exactly fresh or clean but it was what it was.

Things took a negative turn when our tariff was discussed. Our host became agitated and slightly angry in tone when we disagreed with his ‘extra’ charge for Sam, our wee dog as there had been no mention of this extra cost online when we had booked. His response was to make it clear to us that he had always charged for pets and he didn’t understand that we hadn’t noticed this as it is quite clear on his website. We explained that we had used Airbnb, to which he replied that he had only just started using Airbnb and would need to change the information on it to include his charge for pets. Yet he still wouldn’t back down even though we informed him ‘You are not getting a penny more off us!’  We informed him that we have our own Airbnb so are well versed in our rights and also added that his manner was over the top and unhelpful.

About 30 minutes later, we heard a light chap at our door and there stood our sheepish host with a request! He wanted us to help him alter his Airbnb description to include a charge for pets. Our response was as follows – ‘No bother but it will cost you the price of a free overnight stay for our dog!’ His response was a grudging mumble which we assumed was an OK, although the irony was clearly lost on him. 

Later, we decided to stretch our legs and head to a local pub, The Bradley Arms. This was a nice wee pub that served good food and plenty of friendly conversations. We described our Airbnb and the reception we got. It turned out that Roland was regular and could best be described as ‘eccentric’ but his cooked breakfast was well worth the stay!

The next morning, we crossed the courtyard and made our way around to the back of the house where the breakfast area can be accessed, via an old door. It wasn’t long before Roland appeared, full of the joys of spring and happy to please. We could hear all sorts of sizzling noises going on from the kitchen, so it must have come as a major disappointment to him when we informed him that coffee and toast would be fine, as we were just having cereal.

We were keen to get on our way as we wanted to arrive reasonably early at West Runton Camping and as we were packing the car, Roland appeared from his house to say goodbye. He also added ‘It’s ok I won’t charge you for the dog’ and with that, we were on our way.

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Our journey from Leeds to West Runton was uneventful and relaxing, knowing that our journey was much shorter than if we had travelled directly from Glasgow, our home town.

The approach to the campsite, described above in the Getting there section, certainly added to the curiosity of our destination but as we rounded the last corner at the bottom of the hill and could see the reception and some of the campsite before us, we were happy and looked forward to setting up our tent.

The staff were very friendly and happy to accommodate our request for a sunny spot. We were asked to follow a warden, who was on a bicycle, around the one-way system and he directed us to the perfect spot. The campsite is large but well-spaced out and didn’t feel cramped.  The facilities were also suitable for the size of the campsite and kept clean to a good standard.

It wasn’t long before our tent was pitched and we could sit with a glass of wine, as you do, and take in the surrounding and neighbors. As it turned out, an older couple caught our attention as they appeared to be having a major issue with adding porch to their tent. It’s at times like this that you have to decide – ‘Do I ask if they want any help?’ As this question can create different responses. On this occasion, due to the fact that no matter how much ‘advice’ his wife was giving him, there was little progress. As it turned out, the question ‘Do you want any help?’ turned out to be appreciated and before long, the 4 of us were getting to grips with attaching his porch.

This older couple turned out to have years of camping experience behind them and still loved it, which was inspiring to hear. It would appear that a recent change in tent created this current issue but it wasn’t going to put them off. They were a lovely couple and we were so glad that we had asked that ‘Do you want any help?’ question.

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Here are a few highlights of what we got up to: –

  • There are some great walks that can be taken from the campsite. Depending on what direction you go in and are covered in more detail in the What’s nearby section above but suffice to say, we walked for miles every day. Including walks to the local coastal towns of West and East Runton. The towns are only just over 1 mile apart but do have their own identities and are pleasant little towns to have a wander around. Both can be accessed from the campsite via various walking routes. The Norfolk coastal walk passes by both towns and this is the route that we followed as we walked from one town to the other. Look out for the sea defences and the WW2 Pill boxes which have fallen from the cliff face onto the beach. Certainly, the weather helped as it was very warm and sunny when we were there but the general pleasant surroundings make for an enjoyable walk. If you were to carry on along the coastal path, just over another mile, you will reach Cromer. This is a much larger town with more amenities. So, lots of opportunities for walking near the coast.
  • We also headed in the opposite direction but again just a short walk from the campsite. 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 its hardly surprising that there are some lovely coastal views to be found.
  • We also took advantage of our location by arranging to meet with an old friend who we hadn’t seen for over 25 years. Paul, Alison his wife and son Cameron were kind enough to take the train and meet us at the Village Inn West Runton. It was great to catch up and it’s so true that old friends can just carry on from where they left off. One sour note was the pub meal. I never give a bad review but I didn’t feel great after eating it and it spoiled the rest of my day. So, TripAdvisor was my revenge and this is what I wrote – Worst meal I have ever had. I never use an antacid but I am sitting here with Indigestion. The chips were disgusting and the selection of vegetables was thrown together and were clearly only there to take up room on the plate. It wasn’t cheap either. Well disappointed
  • 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

This was a great location and excellent campsite. We would highly recommend a stay here.

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