Cycling UK Louth
Date: Sunday 22nd August - Monday 23rd August 2021
Venue: Hickling Campsite OS Grid Reference TG 40204 22432
Hickling Campsite, Heath Road, Hickling, Norwich, NR12 0AU
Cost: Car+Tent £12 per person per night
The site has access to many facilities: showers, toilets, washing up points, a small shop and cafe.
In addition to the campsite shop and cafe, the 'Greyhound Inn' is less than a mile to the north. Food is served 12pm to 2:30pm for lunch, and 6pm to 9pm for dinner, everyday. Sadly 'The Pleasure Boat Inn' is now closed. Hopefully new owners will re-open this pub in the near future. In the neighboring village of Catfield, there's 'The Crown Inn'. Closed on Monday but open for food and drink from 6.00 pm on Tuesday.
There's no requirement to do anything other than relax and enjoy the facilities and countryside.
Nearby there's Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Hickling Broad Nature Reserve where the elusive Common Crane can be seen (if you are lucky). To the west there's Wroxham, the capital of the Broads, whilst to the east a variety of coastal villages in part connected by the scenic Sustran's NCN Route 30 which runs between Cromer and Great Yarmouth.
There are a number of suggested rides, some which are detailed below:
THE COAST AND BROADS - 35 miles
Hickling Broad Nature Reserve
Many of the Broads were formed in the 13th or 14th century by the digging out of the peat. In the 1760's and 1770's Admiral Horatio Nelson spent time in the nearby Barton Broad in his youth. His sister rented Barton Broad, and Horatio visited her when on leave from the navy.
Hickling Broad is the largest area of open water in the Norfolk Broads and is a vast expanse of reed beds, meadows, and of course, waterways. The Broad was used as reserve station for sea planes by the RNAS, in the period 1916-1918, as an escape for RNAS South Denes. It was known as RNAS Hickling Broads.