Why Norfolk… The Beaches

Map with properties early summer 2015 and 10 top beaches

Why Norfolk… The Beaches

These are Norfolks Hidden Gems favourite beaches, from the West to the East of the Norfolk coast.

  1. Heacham

A wide expanse of sandy Beaches, North and South, both beautiful and renowned for its long lasting sunsets  “highways to heaven” with fabulous photography moments to be grasped. The shallow sheltered bay is peaceful, sheltered and perfect for a paddle. It also attracts many coastal sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing and the like. Heacham resort itself has some places to eat, coffee shops and is only three miles from Hunstanton.  Heacham is also the home of Norfolk Lavender, worth combining both on a day trip. If you fancy a week or weekend west side, our property Heacham Haven is very popular as its walking distance from the beach. www.heachamhaven.co.uk This property even allows dogs

2.  Hunstanton

Hunstanton is everything you would expect an English Beach resort to be. It has ice cream and sweet shops, sandy beaches, bucket s and spades and even a fun fair. If you want rock pooling and sand come to Hunstanton. Old Hunstanton has the unspoilt beach vibe, relaxed, open, peaceful and sandy, brilliant for dog walks. There is lots of parking available in the area and activities for families, come rain or shine. A great family favourite in season and walking holiday favourite out of season.

3. Brancaster

An extensive coastal area famous for wild birds, sandy beach and Roman Fort. Lies near Brancaster Staithe a fishing village famous for mussels. The Norfolk Coastal Path you will take you to the Roman Fort of Branodunum, an Ancient Monument. Brancaster Beach itself has miles of golden sand to enjoy, long or short walks, an awesome place for building sand castles. A great family day out as there is lots to do to fill up a day. 

4. Holkham
Holkam estate is just beautiful, there’s the pine tree forest walks (great for dogs, kids, big kids alike) tree climbing a must, then the sand dune jumping that could last for days in front of the forest. The crazy tidal sandy beach is a must but make sure you don’t get caught out! Many have. 

Rules: always remember to check tide times and be sure to be returned to the beach-side of the main channel when the warning siren sounds or around four hours before high water. Please see signs and other notices posted at the beach entrance for more information.www.pinewoods.co.uk 

There is pay & display parking and a great cafe. (I saw this when I last went, it sold it for my husband ! The Chip ‘n Dip shack will be open weekends from 27th June until 17th July and then it will be open daily until 6th September)

Close by you can grab a little train into wells next the sea itself. So worth investigating on arrival if you fancy crabbing or fish and chips for tea.  

5. Wells next the sea

In a nutshell: Crabbing, fish & chips, harbour wall, Dutch pancakes, amusement arcade, pubs, great kids park. It’s a great mix for all the family, and also the start of a great coastal walk down to the holkam estate. I love it and we visit every visit, even out of season. 

6. East Runton

East Runton is a fantastic place, essentially its a beach with a cafe/shop however in the area there is a few more things to do. When the tide is out , there is agreat opportunity to go crabbing in the rock pools .If you have a GPS or phone with apps and are in to Geocaching, http://www.geocaching.com there are several caches placed around the village. Climbing Incleborough Hill is a must as the view of the coast on a clear day is second to none. Kite flying on the beach is a must as well as the usual bucket and spade. It’s a mixture of rocks and sand, So take care with children, crocs are a must in the sea 🙂 Parking is charged per day, there is plenty of it. 

7. Sherringham

North Norfolk coastal town, home to the poppy line railway, that takes you to almost Holt. The beach here is mostly rock, however rock pooling a must, and a trip for an ice cream into town. Souvenir shops, galleries and cafes. A recent update to the coast is the museum that has popped up on the sea. 

8. Cromer

9. Horsey

10. Great Yarmouth


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