The east coast of Norfolk is often overlooked in favour of trendier North Norfolk, but in some ways it’s hard to see why. Admittedly, there are one or two blackspots, yet the beaches of the east coast are generally larger, sandier and more accessible than those in the north, and the shoreline as a whole is often more remote and less dominated by a busy coastal road. The villages, too, are pleasant, unpretentious places that feel slightly more untouched by the modern world.
The pretty village of Overstrand, a few miles south of Cromer, is one such place, sitting atop cliffs that overlook a wide and beautiful stretch of child-friendly sandy beach. From its perch on the edge of the village, Overstrand Campsite makes the most of this location, with pre-pitched tents in a line along the back of the site and unmarked pitches for tents across the rest of the small, flat field.
Small but perfectly located atop the Norfolk cliffs, Overstrand is run by Go Camping UK. It’s comprised of 10 ‘ready’ tents in a line along the back of the site; and the rest of the small, flat field provides 45 unmarked pitches just for tents – not even campervans can sneak in here.
You can climb out of your tent in the morning and race down to the beach or go for a walk in either direction along the shore – either to Cromer, two miles to the north, or south towards the slightly larger resort of Mundesley.
And while kids scramble down the cliffs to the beach from the path running along the front of the site, adults can get reach it by the more sedate ways leading from the adjacent car park. Denise Peet and her family run the site and camp alongside you in one of their ready tents, rustling up cooked breakfasts, toasted sandwiches, and pub-type food in the evenings from the onsite Cabin Café.
Stayed here in early September 2011. Loved this site, spectacular cliff-top location and a short walk down the cliff path to the lovely sandy beach. Run by friendly laid back staff. Not too busy when we went as the "permanent" rental-tents were being dismantled so we could pick our own spot which in our case was right up near the cliff edge. There is a wire fence, but if you have tear-away toddlers the cliff edge may lead to some worry and angst!
Will definately go again, maybe next spring before it gets busy.
Just got back from two nights at the Overstrand Campsite!
It is a GREAT location being right on the beach and within walking distance to Cromer.
The facilities are basic but clean which is the most important thing for me and the staff were friendly and helpful! They make a good bacon and egg bap for breakfast!
Would defintely go back again!!!
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There are regular trains, usually 2 an hour, to Cromer from Norwich, from where it’s a short ride on bus 35 (or less than 4 quid in a cab) to Overstrand.
Regular pitches £15 per night, including 2 people; larger pitches £22 per night, including 2 adults and 2 children. Ready-pitched tents start at £117 for 3 nights, sleeping 4–6 people.
The North Norfolk Coast Path (or Peddars Way) runs along the front of the site and a 40-minute walk along this takes you into the seaside town of Cromer. The National Trust’s Fellbrigg Hall (01263 837444) and Sherringham Park (01263 820550) are also nearby.
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Open July and August only. Good Intents Camping Club members (£5 fee) can camp here at special rates in late Jul and early Sept.
The White Horse (01263 579237), 5 minutes' walk awayon Overstrand’s High Street, dishes up Thornham oysters, Morston cockles, and other locally sourced fare at lunchtimes and evenings. Or there’s the excellent, and closer, Clifftop Café, which does a great line in crab sandwiches and other snacks and has seats overlooking the sea. Stock up on delicious fresh crab or lobster from the sheds on the path down to the beach.
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