Why Norfolk…Doggy tails

So Norfolk is definitely a great place to come with your waggy friends. However as a loving dog owner myself, choosing to take the pooch away with you can be slightly daunting and sometimes a little knowledge goes a long way, making holidaying in Norfolk with your dogs far easier.

So step 1. Booking dog friendly Holiday cottages.

We at Norfolk’s Hidden Gems, pride ourselves on having many cottages that allow dogs, there are only one or two that don’t so get in touch, http://www.norfolkshiddengems.co.uk.

Step 2. Find some great walks,

Now this is probably the easiest bit, Norfolk has  beautiful coast line, with most beaches being accessible all year round with dogs. For example walking Norfolk coast path. Now it is good to know in advance before you take your four legged friend down to the beach which ones to stay clear of during the summer buzz as dogs are not allowed in some parts. From the 1st of May – 30th September the most of the main north norfolk beaches have a no dogs policy. Find out where and when you can walk your dog on beaches in North Norfolk by downloading  ‘Dogs Welcome in North Norfolk’ leaflet from http://www.northnorfolk.org, search for ‘dogs on beaches’ if you struggle to find it. This leaflet has very clear up to date information with maps.

There are plenty of other places to walk. If you like your walks and plan to explore Norfolk its worth buying an ordinance survey map, I use this one, Norfolk Coast East, OS Explorer map 252. You can also download sections of OS maps on your smart phone now, check out http://www.ordanancesurvey.co.uk, you can buy them a bit cheaper on other sites.

One of my fave places to walk is Sheringham Park under the National Trust (with its beautiful rhododendrons) you can see signs to this from the Norfolk Coast Path. It has an amazing viewing tower, not to be missed.  Another is Holt Country Park (has a brilliant children’s park), both have well worn paths and they are great for dogs and family’s alike.

The Holkham estate and its pine forest is a real treat, how often do you see pine trees and  the sea? It is a memory maker and although the parking is pricey and patrolled (remember to take some change) it is worth it. http://www.holkham.co.uk. The beach may have some limitations with dogs but he pine forest walks don’t. Also please be aware of the tide, many have been caught out here. It also has a Beach Cafe that allows dogs inside.

Step 3. Find pubs, cafes,  that allow dogs inside rain or shine. I haven’t listed them all just a few to get you started. Safe to say, I think all pubs are happy to have well behaved dogs on leads outside. 

Here are a few places you can count on rain or shine, to let you and your dogs dine:

WELLS NEXT THE SEA: Beach Cafe, right next to the carpark, Beach Road, NR23 Wells next the Sea allows dogs inside.

BLAKENEY: If you’ve headed out for the Nofolk coast path by Morston to Blakeney you may want to head to The Kings Arms, Westgate Street, NR25 7NQ. Dogs allowed inside on a lead.

EAST/WEST RUNTON: From here you can walk either direction (to east runton village or Sheringham) The Beach Cafe can be found at the end of Water Lane, near the car park.

SHERINGHAM BEACH: Ellies Beachside Cafe, West Promenade, open March to October. 

SHERINGHAM: The Wyndham Arms, 15 Windham Street, NR26 8BA or maybe a coffee in The Coffee House Cafe, 8 Station Approach NR26 8RA.

CROMER BEACH: Blue Sky Cafe is on Runton Road, NR27 9AV by cliff top car park, great place to walk from.

CROMER: The Old Rock Shop Bistro, 10 Hamilton Road, NR27 9HL

MUNDESLEY: The Ship Inn, 21 Beach Road, NR11 8BQ or maybe The Corner House Cafe 2-4 Cromer Road, NR11 8BE.

What has been lovely to research, is actually in all areas where there are great walks, you will also find a cafe or pub or indeed both and more that allow dogs inside, so rain or shine you can take your dog to dine. As with all the information gathered, places can change management or sell up – so please do check before going to avoid disappointment. Remember most cafes have more limited opening times in the winter season.

Things to remember when dog walking:

1-Check the tidal time table if walking by the sea, lots of people have made the mistake not to, some hairy scary moments followed. Please stay safe!

2-As all good responsible dog walkers know, take caution and if anxious at any time put your doggy friend on a lead. Please stay on established routes where possible, adhere to restrictions when necessary.

3- Remember to take water for you and your dog, they tend not to like salt water and walking is dehydrating, so don’t get caught out.

4-Make sure you have a ready supply of dog bags ! There is nothing worse than stepping in poop. All poop should be 1metre away from the footpath or more pleasantly in a bin.




If you have photos to share, please e-mail them to info@norfolkshiddengems.co.uk subject heading “Dog Walks” We would love to hear and see your experiences of walking with your dogs in Norfolk. 



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