Deepdale Backpackers & Camping
Welcome to Deepdale
Award winning eco friendly self catering hostel accommodation and campsite on the beautiful north Norfolk coast, 'an area of outstanding natural beauty' and the driest, warmest, sunniest region in the UK.
Escape the smog and rat race of the cities to the coast, beaches and countryside around Deepdale. You can choose from a range of self catering accommodation, private ensuite rooms, tipis, yurts, camping, group hostel, dorm beds, all Open All Year, even Christmas and New Year.
The hostel and campsite are a great place to chill or be as active as you like. All the facilities you need are on the doorstep, including a cafe, information centre, supermarket, shops, walking and hiking, cycling, watersports and kiting. We also run events throughout the year, see our event calendar for information.
You can hire bikes or bring your own, enjoy the watersports and kiting all along the coast or pull on a pair of walking boots. The Coast Hopper bus service runs to and from the front door meaning you don't really need to drive during your visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to Deepdale and the north Norfolk coast soon.
Ethical and Environmental Policy
We try to take into account the environment with all aspects of the business and have been awarded the Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme Award.
The tourism side is marketed as eco-friendly and we’ve worked hard to get our visitors to be as environmentally friendly as possible. They are asked to recycle all their rubbish and to use their cars as little as possible.
We actively promote the bus service, which connects with most of the local attractions and activities and also supply bike hire and walking information. We’ve installed green technologies where ever possible, such as underfloor heating, high efficiency boilers, solar water heating, motion sensors for lighting, low energy light bulbs, low flush and low flow water units. In the new retail site, staff loos are flushed with rain water, a test which we are hoping to roll out to other parts of the site. All toilets rolls are 100% recycled paper. All our tenants are required to recycle and for the entire site (hostels, camping, farm and retail units) we use just 3 wheelie bins, everything else is recycled.
The countryside stewardship walks are open to the public as walks, to cycle or for horse-riding. Hedge rows are retained to encourage bird life. A recent bird survey in 2003 showed that there are at least 52 species of bird breeding on the farm. Regular surveys of Flora and Fauna are carried out. A total of 149 different species of Flora and Fauna have been noted from the stewardship walks, including the exciting find of 16 different species of butterfly. Where possible, after we have combined the cereal crop, we try to leave the stubble fields over the autumn and winter. This provides a marvellous foraging ground for a wide range of birds. Pink-footed geese feed on the green tops left behind in sugar beet fields. They are a marvellous sight as they go over the farm each morning and evening. Great care is taken in the planning of the crops so as to minimise the need for chemical control of pests and diseases.
We are continually working towards environmental best practise and are always interested in new sources of advice. As members of the National Farmers Union and the Country Landowners Association, we attend training days and discussion groups run by such organisations such as English Nature, RSPB and Drainage Boards. Over the years there have been dramatic changes to the way we undertake work on the farm, such as how we try to only clean one side of a ditch at a time, leaving somewhere for the animals and birds undisturbed.
We consider the local community and economy with every business decision. In the last five years we’ve created over 65 jobs. Not only have we developed the tourism facilities at the farm, which include the campsite, backpackers hostel, group hostel and tourist information centre, but they’ve also developed a retail site next door called Dalegate Market. The site of the retails site was to be sold as second homes, however Alister and Jason managed to save the site and have now created a retail site for 7 businesses including a café, supermarket and fuel station. These facilities not only offer jobs, but also offer excellent services to local and visitors to the area.
Above and beyond supplying facilities for businesses to work from and creating over 65 jobs, we help with marketing of the area. We run a village website and an associated leaflet that promote the local area. Through our information centre we support local events and activities by selling tickets and giving out information. We often host the village fete and other village events. Due to the number of people staying with us (over 25000 bed nights so far in 2008), many of the local businesses have been able to invest in year round staff and business improvements. We try to source products locally, for example the cleaning products are Bio-d which are a UK product. Our café offers catering and most of their produce is from the immediate area.
Deepdale Backpackers & Camping is listed in the following categoriesTravel & Holidays / Ethical Holidays
Travel & Holidays / Eco Holiday Accommodation
Travel & Holidays / Conservation Holidays
Travel & Holidays / Cycling Holidays