What a woofingly wonderful time we all had on the North Norfolk coast during the autumn half-term week! Our pawrents decided to take the motorhome and camp at West Runton, a small village between the lovely seaside resorts of Sheringham and Cromer.
On our first day we set off from home and headed into Cromer and parked on the cliff top with magnificent views of the sea in front of us. We were very pleased to see that Cromer had loads of cafés and pubs with ‘dogs welcome’ signs in the windows. There was an amazing choice: we opted for the Jetty Café as there were several vegan options for mum. This is obviously a regular eating spot for doggies as there were more canines in there than humans! Pawesome!
After refuelling we visited Cromer Pier and although it was fairly breezy the sun was out which made for a pleasant stroll. The Pier and the café at the end are dog friendly all year round; this is a great place to enjoy the views and beg for ice-creams!
At this time of year all dog restrictions have been lifted so we were able to have a good run on the beach. Cromer is a very popular holiday destination so the humans have grabbed the beach for themselves during the period from the 1st May to 30th September. However, this is only the section where the promenade is, so once you’ve got past that bit normality resumes. We are allowed to walk along the promenade all year round.
After a run on the beach we sniffed inside a few shops, visited the main church and then mum tried her hand at a game in an amusement arcade – the one where you direct three metal prongs in the hope of winning a teddy bear, and just when you think you’ve caught it in your claws it slips out! This was so infuriating because I would have loved to chew on that teddy bear all day long!
After all the excitement it was time to head to our campsite. We were staying at Beeston Regis Holiday Park but there are plenty of other campsites and other accommodation options in the area if camping is not for you.
From West Runton there are steps down to the beach but they were far too steep for our little legs so the next day we walked along the cliff top towards Sheringham where we encountered the famous Beeston Bump: at 63 metres in height it is Norfolk’s highest point. It used to be a WWII wireless interception station – you can read all about it on the information boards at the top of the bump. The views are beautiful from up here but if you don’t fancy the steep climb you can walk around it and rejoin the main coastal path.
Sheringham is a bustling little town with plenty of attractions including a lovely sandy beach. We are not allowed on a section of the beach where the promenade is from the 1st May until the 30th September. The sections at the end of the promenade are dog friendly all year round.
The North Norfolk Railway is a wonderful attraction where you can catch a steam train to the town of Holt a few miles away. We love trains, especially steam trains, and were very pleased to find out that doggies are very welcome to take a trip. We couldn’t believe it when we were actually issued with our very own doggie tickets. At £2.oo each and £13 per human we felt that this was reasonably priced. The ride takes you through Kelling Heath and Weybourne before arriving at Holt. The people who work on the NNR are very friendly – we even posed with one of the conductors!
There are several other places to visit in Sheringham that are woof friendly including the Shell Museum, the Lifeboat Museum and Priory Maze and Gardens, and there are also several options for pit stops for your humans.
We really enjoyed our mini break on the North Norfolk coastline: Cromer and Sheringham certainly get paw style approval from us!