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Norfolk: A fine place for fishing holidays

Hannah Jury 17 February 2020

If you’re looking to get away from it all and enjoy some solitude whilst angling in your waders, a fishing holiday in Norfolk might just be the thing for you.

You’ll find a variety of fantastic fishing spots across Norfolk, from the many freshwater lakes and rivers that make up the Norfolk Broads to the salty waters of the wild North Sea. There are also ample opportunities for stillwater and trout fishing.

A peaceful fishing lake in Norfolk

Whatever kind of fishing experience you’re after, Norfolk has it all. Read on to find out where to discover your perfect fishing holiday in this unspoilt county.

Sea fishing in Norfolk

The Norfolk coastline offers a diversity of great places to go sea fishing, from the shallow waters of The Wash to the ever-popular Cromer Pier.

Cromer Pier is not only popular with tourists but also with anglers due to the sheer variety of species that can be caught here throughout the year. During the winter, there are cod, whiting and flatfish in the water, while during the summer you’ll find Dover sole, mackerel and big bass as well as the odd brill or turbot.

Cromer Pier on the Norfolk Coast
Cromer Pier


For a similar fishing experience in a more open, less crowded space, try the large sandy beach of Mundesley – especially good for cod and whiting in the winter. It’s also possible to catch silver eels, dab and flounder here.

The Wash on the western end of Norfolk’s coast offers a change of scenery, and the beaches at Snettisham and Hunstanton are great places to start. Flounder, silver eels and even bass can be caught here while calmer waters also bring the chance of reeling in a smooth-hound.

Fishing boats at Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk
Fishing boats at Wells-next-the-Sea


If it’s bigger game you’re after, you’ll find charter sea fishing boat trips on offer in several of the towns along the Norfolk coastline. Experienced skippers will take you out to some of the best fishing spots in the area; this part of the North Sea is especially good for tope fishing, though there are also plenty of bass, cod and mackerel about. Norfolk Fishing Trips & Charter leaves from Brancaster Staithe, while in Wells-next-the-Sea, BJR Marine Sea Fishing Trips boasts over 40 years of sea fishing experience.

For a sea fishing holiday to remember, find a coastal property among our Norfolk Coast cottages. Our coastal cottages can be found in some of the area’s best seaside spots, such as Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Blakeney.

Fishing in the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads is in fact the largest area of free fishing in the UK, offering over 200km of waterways. Bream, perch, pike, roach, rudd and tench can be found in the popular Broad rivers of Ant, Bure, Chet and Thume, as well as the less crowded Stiffkey, Wensum and Yare rivers.

Norfolk Broads waterways from above

Set in beautiful countryside with Norfolk’s famous big skies and sparkling landscapes of marshland fields and woodlands, it’s been said that the Broads are a mecca for pike angling and people will travel from all over the world to fish here.

One of the most popular fishing spots in the Norfolk Broads is Potter Heigham. This pretty village sits on the banks of the River Thume with bream, roach, hybrids and eel on offer. If you’re looking to fish for pike and ruff, Wroxham and Hickling Broad are both good places to go.

Potter Heigham in the Norfolk Broads
Potter Heigham


We have a host of great places to stay in the Norfolk Broads, including a selection of waterside properties with fishing facilities right on your doorstep.

The best private fishing lakes in Norfolk

Despite the plentiful opportunities for fishing in the open waters of Norfolk, you may decide a private fishing lake is right for you, where you can enjoy a lake to yourself and the waters are well-stocked. There are a whole host of great fishing lakes to choose from – some places are also home to multiple lakes or private stretches of rivers.

Fishing lake with fishing rods in Norfolk

Carp fishing

Airfield Lakes 

Set in the Waveney Valley, the Airfield Lakes are a pair of peaceful lakes stocked with a selection of thoroughbred English carp. The largest carp caught here to date weighed a staggering 50lb 4oz.

Coarse fishing

Billingford Lakes

This complex of fishing lakes near Dereham boasts a staggering nine lakes as well as a mile-long section of the River Wensum, offering species such as roach, perch, pike, tench and bream throughout.

Best of both

Felthorpe Lakes 

Felthorpe is home to three lakes, each with their own different scenery and challenges. Species of carp include common, mirror, koi and crucian, while other fish species caught in the lakes range from rudd to roach.

Taswood Lakes 

Nestled in the Tas Valley just five miles out of Norwich, Taswood Lakes offers four carp fishing lakes and three coarse fishing lakes.

Our favourite cottages for fishing holidays

For the ultimate fishing holiday, we have a whole host of great holiday cottages which boast their own private on-site fishing and angling facilities. Here are just some of our favourites.

The Kingfisher Hut | Sleeps 2 guests plus 1 dog

This delightful shepherd’s hut commands an idyllic position on the banks of a fishing lake. It is perfect both for a romantic getaway or to unwind and relax leaving the everyday buzz behind. This cosy and inviting bespoke hut has a been tastefully decorated and features a lovely open-plan living area with a comfy double bed, fully equipped kitchen, breakfast bar and space to sit back and unwind. Close to Thetford Forest with its amazingly scenic walking trails.

The Kingfisher Hut
The Kingfisher Hut


River Cottage - Norfolk | Sleeps 5 guests plus 2 dogs

This delightful dog-friendly cottage comes with lots of country charm and has half an acre of gorgeous enclosed gardens which back onto the banks the River Wensum. A private decking area gives direct access to the river so you can enjoy a peaceful spot of fishing and wonderful unspoiled views of the surrounding countryside.  The lovely village location means there's a shop and pub within easy walking distance and you're just a short drive from the Norfolk coast.

River Cottage - Norfolk


For even more great places to stay on your angling break, take a look at our full collection of fishing holidays in Norfolk.

Note: All anglers should note that a fishing license is needed in Norfolk, which can be obtained from the Post Office or the Environment Agency.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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