Discover Norfolk’s Carp Fishing Lakes With Lodges, Cabins & Pods

Norfolk is one of the most popular places to go on a carp fishing break in the UK, based on Google search data. There is a lot of accommodation to choose from, please select the type of holiday you are looking for below! 

Norfolk Carp Fishing Lodges - With Private Swims

A fishing lodge with your own swim outside the door is the perfect carp fishing holiday! In Norfolk, there are a few lodges to choose from varying in price. These stretch from the royal coast to the north down to the southern border with Suffolk. 

Head Fen Country Retreat - Ely, Norfolk - Luxury Lodges With Hot Tubs And Private Pegs

Head Fen lodges are a small site with only 4 lodges around the lake. The site is a good size and the lodges are all well spread out. The carp fishing here looks excellent. If you want to see more carp photos head to their Facebook page where they regularly show off guest catches. 

The Site
Best luxury fishing lodge in Norfolk

Lodge info 

  • The 4 Cathedral View lodges have private pegs on the reservoir. 
  • These are luxury lodges with hot tubs on the deck, as seen in the above photo. 
  • The site is near Ely and is not far from Cambridge. 
  • The lodges are up to 3 bedrooms.
  • There is a total of 4 lakes on site that residents can fish, the reservoir is only for the use of Cathederal view lodge guests. 

Fishing info

  • The carp go to 30lb in the lake with a food mix of big commons and some stunning mirrors.
  • The current lake record in the reservoir is 33lb. 
  • The other lakes on site are more match lakes with carp up to 15lb. These would be great for families looking to catch a few fish. 
The Carp
Near 30lb carp caught at head fen
Yes- Selected Lodges
Families Welcome
1 to 3 bedrooms
Carp to 30lb+
Yes - Selected Lodges

Woodlake's Park - Stowbridge, West Norfolk - Log Cabins & Glamping Pods With Excellent Carp Fishing

If you have visited Norfolk before from the north or midlands then you’ll probably have driven past Woodlakes’s park, I know I have! As it is located in West Norfolk it is really quick to get to from Cambridgeshire. From my experience visiting Norfolk, I’d describe this as a proper fishing holiday rather than a holiday in Norfolk. It is quite a drive to the beautiful Norfolk coast from here! 

The Site
Log cabins with fishing peg in front

Lodge info 

  • Lodges sleep from 2 to 8 people on cabin lake, a 10 acre specimen carp fishing lake
  • Selected lodges have a private peg in front of them, a grass bank. 
  • Luxury hand-crafted log cabins at the water’s edge. 
  • Onsite restaurant

Fishing info

  • There is a total of 3 fishing lakes on the site
  • Lakeside lodges have a private peg
  • Carp go to 48lb and for winter sports pike go to 28lb
  • Cabin lake has lodges down one side with day tickets on the other side
  • Championship lake is also stocked with large carp
The Carp
Excellent carp fishing in West Norfolk
Yes- Selected Lodges
Families Welcome
2 to 8 Berth
Carp to 45lb+
Yes - Selected Lodges

Thornham Lakes Lodges - Near Thedford - Mixed Coarse And Carp Fishing

Thornham Lakes makes this list as it would be a good place to go for a family holiday where you can do some fishing while there. The logs are done to a good standard but don’t fall into the luxury category. They are located in West Norfolk, around halfway between Kings Lymm and Bury St Edmunds. 

The Cabins
Thornham lakes standard lodges

Lodge info

  • More basic lodges than the others on the list, this is reflected in the price making these excellent value.
  • The lodges are all 2 beds with one double and one twin. 
  • The lodges are by the lake and are not specifically a private swim. The lake is around 10 meters from the lodge with a smaller lake at the end of the drive.  

Fishing info

  • The lake is a 1-acre lake with 5 lodges alongside it.
  • We would try and avoid the first lodge on the lake as this has little water in front of it. The furthest lodge from the entrance has the most water to go at. 
  • The website list the carp as 30lb, we are not able to independently very this with any photos. We would class this as a pleasure fishing lake rather than a specimen lake. 
The Lake
The lake at Thornham
No Hut Tubs
Adults Only
1 to 2 Bedrooms
Carp & Coarse Fishing
Yes - Selected Lodges

Norfolk Lodge Holidays - Lenwade, Near Norwich, Norfolk - A Perfect Log Cabin Style Break

Norfolk lodge holidays is in a great location just outside Norwich. Almost everything in Norfolk is within a 40-minute drive from the far border with Suffolk up to Wells-next-The-Sea on the north coast. The site is not far from Blickling Estate, a National Trust property that is spectacular and well worth a visit (It also has an old estate lake with views of the house that you can fish on a day ticket).

The Site
Log Cabin over the water with private fishing peg to the side

Lodge info 

  • Due to the depth of the water under 5s are not permitted here.
  • There are 3 lodges by the water all with private pegs.
  • The site has 3 acres of Woodlands and is sell suited to walkers and nature lovers.
  • It is located 20 minutes from Norfolk and there are lots of other attractions within a 30 minute drive 

Fishing info

  • There is a 2-acre lake that the 3 lodges all have access to. One of the lodges is over the water with the peg to the side.
  • The sites list the carp as going to 30lb with the website showing photos of what looks to be in the 20s.
  • There is also pike, perch and tench in the lake. 
The Carp
Carp around 22lb
No Hut Tubs
Children Over 5 Welcome
1 to 2 Bedrooms
Carp To 30lb
Yes - Selected Lodges

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Norfolk Fishing Lakes With Hot Tubs

There are not many lakes with accommodations and hot tubs in Norfolk.

Here are all the ones we have found – 

  • Head Fen Country Retreat
  • Woodlake’s Park
  • The Lilly Pad Glamping Pod

Norfolk Glamping Pods With Fishing Lakes

We have found a number of glamping pods in Norfolk that are by fishing lakes or on the banks of fishing lakes. These are commonly small sites with just one or 2 pods. With some of the pods, you get exclusive use of the lake!  

Glen Farm , Norfolk, A Fantastic Carp Fishing Lake & Glamping Site

I was so impressed when I first saw Glen Farm, this is everything glamping and fishing are about. There have 2 lakes on site, one is a day ticket water. There is just 1 yurt tent on the site with a separate kitchen and toilet/ show block. The site does not allow night fishing so you have the place to yourself later in the day. This is a perfect rustic getaway in a traditional yurt tent. 

This is an area I have visited a few times, if you want to go to the beach head to Mundelsy – it’s fantastic. It is best to check the tide times and go closer to low tide! 

Yurt tent glaming with fishing at Glenn Farm

Site info

  • 1 Yurt tent site with 2 fishing lakes
  • 3/4 of an acre day ticket water
  • Nets, cradles and slings are provided by the site
  • Located just a 20-minute drive to Cromer – home of the world crabbing championships! (See my crabbing tips here)
Yes - No

Sleeps - 2 to 4

Small Fully Private Site

What You Will Find At Glen Farm

  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Toilet and showers are 40 yards away and for your use only
  • Large garden area to play in
  • A separate games room with fussball, books and games
  • Day ticket fishing lake at £10 a day

Information correct at time of writing

The Lily Pad - Thedford, Norfolk - Great For A Romatic Break

This is very much my kind of place! I really like the more unique places you can stay when glamping and embrace them when I can. The site has other types of pods available including a shepherd’s hut. The lake is small at 1 race but looks perfect for some downtime fishing in the peace and quiet of the Norfolk countryside. 

The Pod
The lake at Thornham

Site info 

  • Comes with a private fishing lake and hot tub! 
  • A one-bed lodge with shower room and sunken hot tub.
  • The fishing lake is 1 acre and is private for the use of guests only.
  • The lodge is finished to a very high standard.
  • 1 dog is allowed with a small weekly charge. 
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Seal Spotting In Norfolk Guide

There are many seals along the Norfolk coast and this is a key area for them breeding in the UK. It is really important that you pay attention to them and follow the rules when going to watch them. Keep back from them and keep your children back. They are big animals and can be aggressive if you get too close to them. If you have a dog with you keep it on a lead at all times. Again seals can be aggressive so keep dogs well back. I have been seal spotting in Norfolk a couple of times and find them fascinating. You do occasionally spot the odd one swimming in the sea in places like Winterton on Sea. Best Places To Spot Seals In Norfolk Here are my top 3 places! 1 – Horsey Gap Horsey Gap is a section of beach that is accessible from most of Norfolk and if you want to see seals this is the place to go. There is a car park (paid) by the beach and it is a short walk over the dues to the beach. Depending on the time of year depends on what you will see. When we went, in the summer, there were a number of seals swimming in the sea and there were not far out at all. They seemed to be playing and having fun with each other oblivious to the people watching them. There was only 1 seal out of the water sitting on the beach. In the winter when they have young there are usually a lot more of them on the beach. There is a viewing spot for this that is a right turn as you head out of the car park. The beach is closed off in parts to protect the young pups. 2 – Blakney Seal Cruises If you are further round to the north coast then Blakney is a great place for a seal spotting trip. Blakney is on an estuary so you have to get a boat out to where the seals live out on Blankey point. From the boat, you can see the full seal colony without getting too close to them. You will also see seals swimming around and playing in the water. The cruises usually last around an hour and you get to see lots of seals. This is a great way to see them in a really natural environment. While in Blakeney you can pop into the excellent 2 Magpies bakery or do some crabbing if the tide is in (we’ve rated it as the top place for crabbing in Norfolk – See here). 3 – Sea Life Center, Hunstanton The Sea Life Center in Hunstanton has a seal rescue centre inside. They have rescued and released over 750 seals. These can be from injured animals to pups that have been abandoned. They have a number of recovery bays and a seal pool where they can swim before being released. When we went they had a number of seal pups in and they were absolutely adorable. These are grey and common seal pups that they are bringing up before releasing them. Here is a video of them rescuing a seal pup If you want to get really up close then you can book a seal feeding experience where you work with the staff to feed the seals their daily fish. If you are heading to Norfolk then seal spotting is a great thing to do for all ages. If you are looking for a holiday in Norfolk we cover the best Norfolk lodge breaks on our site. Seal Watching FAQs Where is the best place to see seals in Norfolk? From our experience, the best place to see seals in Norfolk is at Horsey Gap. They are there all year round. When can you see baby seals in Norfolk? You can usualy see baby seasl in Norfolk from Novemebr to Febuary. The best spots for this are Horsey Gap and Blakney Point. Other Things To Do In Norfolk

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Holkham Hall on a busy day from across the cricket pitch

Holkham Hall Review: A Fun Family Day Out In North Norfolk

Holkham Hall sits on the Royal Norfolk (north) coast. It is a great place to visit with lots to do on the estate as well as regular events you can attend. The site is a massive 25,000 acres and covers lots of walks and cycle trails. We have been to Holkham a couple of time when staying in North Norfolk and it is a popular place to visit.  Things to do at Holkham Hall You’ll find lots to do, here are some of our favourite things to do and some popular events that are held annually. Walk the deer park The estate is massive and has a large deer park. the walk around it can be varied by the route. You can take a short 1 to 2-mile walk into the countryside or if you are feeling more energetic take a long walk to enjoy more of the estate. There is a large herd of deer that are usually found on the open fields behind the main house. You can often see them when you are driving out (they will be on your right-hand side). If you have young children you can spot them from behind the mail play area and high ropes course. Head through the high ropes to the back and there is a large field behind where you can usually see them.  Take a bike ride As you arrive in Holkham for the main parking you will find a bike hire centre. There have bikes for all sizes from young children to adult bikes. You can hire them by the hour and also get helmets. The staff will set you off with a map to show you where to go. You can select an appropriate size route and see more of the estate on your ride.  Go to the beach The tide at Holkham goes out a very very long way! If the tide is out it is a substantial walk from the car park to have a paddle. A beach trolley is a real help here. The beach is fantastic and there is a lot of room to play and run around. Keep an eye on the tide times to make sure you leave time to get back.  There is a visitors centre as you get towards the beach. Here is where you will find the toilets and a small cafe and ice cream van. Notes: 1 – The beach is a good walk from the main car park for the Hall. Where you turn left for the hall turn right for the beach. At busy times they close this car park. For the next closest parking turn left towards the Hall and there is a smaller car park on the right at the top of the hill.  2 – Check the tide times before you start the walk, if it’s high tide then there is not a lot of sand!  Go on the high ropes course!  You may need to book in advance for the school holidays and warmer weekends. The high ropes course is on the left as you get into the park. It has a series of high obstacles, balancing and climbing activities. There is a zip wire at the end of each course.  I have done the high ropes twice with an adventurous 7-year-old. He found the course at a good level and I would say a good age range is probably from 7 to 13 depending on your child’s ability to climb heights.   Head to the walled garden The walled garden is roughly half a mile walk from the hall. The walk takes you down around the left-hand side of the lakes that you can see from the hall. The gardens are 9 acres and are surrounded by a large wall like you will find in Victorian gardens.  It has 6 different sections which include grape vines that are used to produce a Holkahm wine. There are other fruits and plants growing. There is also a section that has a large area of grass, this is a great spot for a picnic.  In the summer months, there are often events in the walled garden. We have been there for the summer games which were great fun. There were various different games dotted around the gardens and just outside them.  When it is busy there is a small coffee van and ice cream van just outside the gardens and a cafe inside.  Holkham Hall events There are a lot of things going on at Holkham all year round. Here are some of the events you will find Holkham (North Norfolk) Food Festival – Summer holidays Holkham park runs, 10K & half marathon Popup campsite Opera performances Cycling events Various nature and bat walks The Grand Tour Tractor Trail Kids yoga FAQs Is Holkham Hall free? Yes, you are free to walk around the grounds at Holkham Hall. You will have to pay to park if you take a car.  What is there to do at Holkham Hall There are lots to do at Holkham Hall including Lots of walks Cycle hire and trails* High ropes course* Children’s play area Walled gardens* Lots of events through the year *Charges apply Is Holkham Hall a National Trust Property? No, Holkham Hall is not a National Trust property. It is a privately owned house and estate. How much is parking at Holkham Hall? Parking at Holkham Hall is £5 all day.  Can you walk to the beach from Holkham Hall? Yes, you can walk to the beach from Holkham Hall – It is quite a long walk though – approximalety 1.6 miles. It is also uphill some of the way back!  Other posts from our Norfolk blog

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Crabbing Tips: How And Where To Go Crabbing

As a family we go crabbing everywhere we go on holiday! This includes Norfolk, Suffolk, Devon and Wales. Please read on for crabbing care kits – it’s important the crabs are looked after when you catch them.  What you will find on our guide (Tap to get to that section) Top 5 crabbing tips Caring for crabs How to crab for beginners Top 5 Crabbing Tips! 1 – Use a net and not a line There are two types of crabbing setups. One where you need the crabs to hand on and one that is a drop net (See the best one to use here). Drop nets work better but they are not considered as a traditional method. If you have kids it’s all about catching loads and making it easy – a drop net will do this. IMPORTANT: If you are using a drop net check it thoroughly before you pack up and go. They often catch smaller fish and clear shrimp which are hard to see, it’s important these get safely returned to the water. Usually dropping the net back in the water will be enough to get them to swim off – DO NOT pour them from a bucket from a height. 2 – Use a fishy bait I see a lot of people using bacon for crabbing but I am convinced fish-based baits catch better – the smellier the better. Try going to local fishmongers and they will have some offcuts that will be perfect for crabbing.  I use as much as I can get in the bait net for maximum attraction. It’s all about getting as many crabs in your spot as possible.  3 – Find the deeper water This is where you’ll find more crabs! If you arrive before the tide is really up look at the bank below you, carefully if you’re on a quay! Look for the spots that go deeper rather than the hight mud banks and these spots will not only get water in the quick, but they should also hold more crabs.  Spots, where boats have been, will be good spots once the boats have gone. If the boats have been in the mud then they will have left exposed natural food when they lift up in the water.  4 – Look for structures in the water This comes from my love of fishing – anywhere crabs can hide, like fish, they will. If you cannot find deeper water then look for poles in the water or any other features. On a recent trip, albeit in Suffolk, we found loads of crabs, including some big ones, around a water inlet pipe in the water. It was littered with them. We caught absolutely loads from the spot. We’d been around 10 meters away trying and only caught the odd crab.  5 – Find a good spot before you go There’s lots of information online about the best crabbing spots where you are. Have a look around and do some research before you go. As a regular visitor to Norfolk, I have put together the best crabbing spots in Norfolk guide.  If you are in Devon or elsewhere look online and see where the best and most popular spots are.  Look after the crabs One of the most important things is to make sure the crabs are cared for in your bucket.  Here are some key things to remember Handling – Pick them up gently, hold them by the shell and pick them up from behind so they don’t pinch you. If you are an adult a pinch from a small blue crab won’t really hurt you. It is important to be confident when picking them up. In the bucket – Don’t keep too many in the bucket at once as they will start fighting. They need water and space. Once you have caught 10 reasonably sized crabs, pop them back, refresh your water and catch another 10. You can always keep count of how many you catch and you do not need to keep them all in the same bucket for hours. Letting them go – Let them go as close to the water’s edge as you can, don’t leave them to run around and find the water. Slowly let the water out with the crabs in it, ideally into some shallow water. Make sure all the crabs are mentally released into the water. If you’re on a quay get them as close to the water as you safely can before releasing them – or look for so steps down where you can go safely to release them. In this case, let the adults put them back and not the children!  How to crab – A beginners guide If you’ve never crabbed before then fear not, our guide will have you at an expert level in no time at all!  Get your bait and equipment ready – Grab a drop net here or simply pick one up from a local shop near where you are going. By some bait too. Pick your spot – As mentioned in my crabbing tips, get to your spot nice and early and try and find some deeper water if you can. If not look for any structures in the water that you can get close to without getting stuck – remember the water will move significantly on the tide.  Bait up – Get your bait out and in the net securely – or you will lose it!  The drop – Slowly lower the net into the water. Imagine it is a parachute when it hits the water. You need it to be nice and open with the weight pulling down and the bait in the middle. If it gets tangled around the edge you won’t catch anything. Leave it – Around 5 minutes is a good starting point, pull the line up to the water level and see if you have anything if you can safely look over the end, if not pull it all the way up. If you have nothing then lower it in and try 10 minutes the next time.  Look after the crabs – As mentioned in the above section on looking after crabs, take care of them. Don’t get too many in your bucket and safely let them go. Finishing up – Once you are pulling the net in for the last time give it a thorough check over and make sure there are no tiny crabs, shrimp or fish in the net.  Cleaning your equipment – Once back it is well worth giving your net a soak in some water from an outside tap or preferably a water butt. This will get the saltwater off and prolong the life of the net. Make sure you let it dry completely before storing it in a dry bag.  I hope you enjoyed this post and are thinking about going crabbing. It is one of our family’s favourite things to do when we head to Norfolk. You can see my guide to Norfolk lodge breaks here. It’s a great place to go on holiday. We have also done crabbing in Devon and Angelsea. If you’ve never tried, head out and have a go!  Latest posts from our blog Holiday Blog Crabbing Tips: How And Where To Go Crabbing Read More Norfolk Is Norfolk A Good Place For A Holiday? 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Norfolk beach view

Is Norfolk A Good Place For A Holiday?

From the resplendent Norfolk Broads to its magnificent coastline, Norfolk is a spectacular place to holiday. Historic towns and pretty villages sit alongside magnificent nature reserves, undulating landscapes and spacious beaches, ready for families and friends. Whether you prefer your sands, tidied and civilised or wild and free, Norfolk’s coastline offers plenty of both and is dog-friendly too. Perfect for fun both indoors and out, there’s all the space, gardens and scenery you need for rousing hikes and cycling, strolls, watersports, golf, fishing and more. For indoors, there are aquariums, zoos, stately homes, galleries, theatres and artisan crafts. Norfolk’s crowning glory, Norwich, is a feast of elegant history, green spaces and a buzzing market town. Indeed, church-rich Norwich is said to have more pubs than churches! Rural experiences are interspersed with waterways, marshes, castles and lively towns, such as Holt and Burnham, so there’s always something to keep you entertained. Luxury cabin accommodation that’s dog-friendly with longs walks, beautiful scenery and more fit perfectly here. Even the Queen likes it – her beloved Sandringham Estate is located in Norfolk. Don’t forget Kate, Wills and the children escape here too. Here’s all you need to know about the best places to visit in Norfolk for the best place to holiday this year. What is good about holidays in Norfolk? Best Norfolk Beaches: Norfolk’s beaches are a delicious tale of two halves with gentrified, legendary beaches in the North, such as Cromer and Great Yarmouth, alongside gorgeous wilds in the east, such as Horsey and Waxham – there’s something for every day. You can enjoy the best of both amidst the tantalising blue of the North Sea. Dog-friendly, blue-flagged and spacious, unlike Cornwall or Devon, you can run free, spread out in peace and soak in the gorgeous blue sea. Fly a kite, visit Norfolk’s popular crabbing spots or take long walks over the sand dunes, along the coastal path in autumn and then, of course, there’s the wildlife. Best Norfolk Wildlife: Norfolk is as famous for its wildlife as its beaches and picturesque rural scenery. Here you’ll find grey seals, with pups easy to spot in winter alongside stunning rare birds, butterflies, otters, nightjars and more. Best Norfolk Nature Reserves & Gardens: Norfolk is home to lots of beautiful gardens and nature reserves. Its biggest, Blakeney National Nature Reserve, will head straight for your heart on your numerous visits because you’re guaranteed to return. Located by the coast, alongside the cute grey seals at Blakeney Point you’ll find the beautiful wildflowers and birds which inhabit Blakeney Freshes, the untouched wilds of Friary Hills, Stiffkey Saltmarshes, magnificent Wentworth Castle Gardens and more. Best Norfolk Historical Places to Visit: There are a large number of fascinating stately homes to visit in Norfolk, such as Houghton Hall and Bickling Estate, as well as the Queen’s historic Sandringham Estate. You’ll also find castles, such as Norwich Castle and monumental Norwich Cathedral. Why not head to vibrant Norwich where you can explore towering Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the elegant town itself? Packed with artisan boutiques, great shopping, tons of gorgeous foodie outlets, endless entertainment, the River Wensum and of course, pubs – you’ll be back! Best Norfolk Family Days Out: There’s something for every age on a holiday in Norfolk and nothing is better than an indulgent picnic on the beach or the Broads. Historic Cromer Pier, the UK’s last proper pier with traditional entertainment, is a must but if you want big thrills for the little ones stop off at Amazona Zoo, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure or BeWILDerwood. For the big kids – it’s Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach of course! Sure it’s been there for a while but Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is brimming with traditional and contemporary rides plus a 4D cinema, aquarium, restaurants and more. It’s still the best family day out in Norfolk with enough rollercoasters, candy floss and rock to ensure everyone comes home sticky and happy. Best Places To Stay In Norfolk: You are spoilt for choice looking for Luxury lodge accommodation in Norfolk. You will find breaks with hot tubs, golfing and more, which is the perfect retreat for this phenomenal rural location. Browse gorgeous luxury Norfolk lodges for families and couples, including dog-friendly cottages. Whether you want to relax in a sumptuous hot tub after a long day or unwind with a tranquil fishing lake or golf course just outside your door. Alternatively, keep the children fully entertained with thrilling play areas and pools, find your perfect Norfolk cottage for a glorious holiday in Norfolk. To luxury Norfolk cottages in Yakham, Burgh, Suffolk and more Latest posts from our Norfolk blog Norfolk Crabbing Spots In Norfolk Norfolk and Suffolk are crabbing hot spots with the coast littered with various towns and harbours to crab from. Wells on Seas on the north coast is a very popular place along with places dotted along the coast. Cromer pier …

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