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DOG FRIENDLY BEACHES
If you love walks on the beach then Norfolk is definitely the place for you! There are beaches to suit all dogs – sandy, pebbly, marshy and even muddy! Nearly all the beaches in Norfolk are very dog friendly. There are just a few little restrictions in some of the towns and tourist hot spots which we have mentioned. When visiting the beaches in Norfolk do make sure your humans behave, keep them under control and make sure they clean up after themselves.
BEACHES LISTED IN GEOGRAPHICAL ORDER FROM SNETTISHAM TO GREAT YARMOUTH
From the beach car park (charges apply) you can walk along the beach towards the RSPB Sanctuary. You might want to ask your human to pop you on the lead so you don’t disturb the birds. The beach is more shingle than sand but access is very easy. The tide goes a long way out and it becomes rather muddy and a bit sticky so don’t paddle out too far! This beach is a haven for nature lovers and is usually very peaceful. There is also the option to walk along the grassy area parallel to the beach towards Heacham.
Heacham has two beaches, North and South, both of which have car parks, snack bars and toilets. From the North Beach you can walk along to Hunstanton either on the promenade or on the beach. Like Snettisham, the beach can be very muddy in places especially when the tide is out so do take care! You can also walk on the path that runs next to the Heacham River towards Snettisham.
The humans would rather we stayed away from the town beach between the 10th of April and the 31st of October, but this is only a small section of beach from the end of the promenade by the cliffs to the power boat launch ramp. We can walk along the promenade throughout the year but only if our human is on a lead. There are plenty of poo bins on the prom. There are no restrictions on the beaches north and south of this section so there is still loads of space for us to run and play. The North Beach takes you to Hunstanton Cliffs.
This is a lovely uncommercial sandy beach with safe water for paddles and swims. There’s a pawesome beach café where you will find fresh water – plus they sell some rather tasty doggy snacks. Poo bins can be found at the lighthouse car park and by the lifeboat station.
A great beach to visit as it’s usually quiet and there are miles of beach to run around on. There’s a small car park from which a short walk through the golf course will take you down to the beach. Alternatively turn right where you see the sign post for the Coast Path and walk on the compacted path through the sand dunes towards Thornham (approx. 3 miles). This path goes through the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve and there are a lot of birds about. Some nest in the sand dunes so be careful not to disturb them.
There is a car park by the creek and then you can walk along the embankment which will take you down to a nice, quiet beach. Birds and other wildlife do nest in the sand dunes so be careful not to disturb them.
You can park at the RSPB car park (charges for non-members apply) and walk through the bird sanctuary so long as you have your human on the lead. It’s approximately a mile to get to the beach but it is a very nice walk and the beach is lovely. Drinks and snacks are available at the RSPB visitor centre.
Another nice sandy beach. Very popular in the summer but if you carry on walking for about half a mile it gets quieter. A very small section has doggy restrictions from the 1st of May to the 15th of September. There is a pay and display car park, toilets and a small snack shop.
We often have a paddle at Brancaster Staithe Harbour. We also take our canoe out here which is great fun. There is no access on foot to the beach but you can walk along the Coast Path through the marshes. Please stick to the path as it can be dangerous to veer off it and very muddy. You can walk through the marshes to Burnham Deepdale and even on to the next village of Burnham Overy Staithe and beyond if you’ve still got the energy! Do take plenty of water with you as the Coast Path is exposed to the elements and there is no shade!
There is no access to the beach here but you can walk along the Coast Path to Brancaster Staithe or go the other way towards Burnham Overy Staithe. There is a nice dog friendly café here, an information centre and also a campsite.
BURNHAM OVERY STAITHE
The creek at Burnham Overy Staithe is very pretty with boats bobbing about and in the summer there is usually an ice-cream van parked up (yum yum!!). When the tide is in the car park can get very busy. From here it’s approximately a one mile walk along the embankment to the beach but it’s worth it as the beach is lovely and very quiet. There are no facilities on the beach so make sure you have plenty of water with you. You can also walk along the Coast Path through the marshes. The Coast Path will take you on to Holkham Beach or into the pine forest.
A lovely, vast sandy beach which has enough room for everyone so never seems crowded. There is a pay and display car park at Lady Anne’s Drive (off the A149 opposite the Victoria Hotel). You also have the option to follow the Coast Path through the pine trees. Past winner of the most dog friendly beach in the UK. Definitely make sure you visit this beach!
Another winner of the most dog friendly beach in the UK awards. There’s a pay and display car park, toilets and a nice dog friendly café. There is a dog restricted area on the beach to the right as you come down the steps from the car park. Otherwise it’s miles and miles of dog friendly beach. Wells is rather famous for its decorative beach huts. Our pawrents walk out and away from the beach huts as we have been known to try and join in with the humans having their picnics! There’s also the option to walk through the pine forest or follow the path to Holkham.
After all the sand at Wells-next-the-Sea it’s back to sniffing out some new smells in the marshes. There are lots of paths through the marshes but do be careful; it is easy to get cut off when the tide comes in and it’s muddy! The best bet is to stay on the Coast Path along the edge of the marsh where you can walk back towards Wells-next-the-Sea or go the other way and head for Morston. There is a pay and display car park.
Here you have the option to walk to Stiffkey or carry on to Wells-next-the-Sea or go the other way towards Blakeney. There is no access to the beach at Morston but what you can do, which is really good fun, is to take a boat trip to see the seals (Yes, us dogs can go on the boats!). There is a pay and display car park and poo bins by the Quayside.
Like Morston there is no access to the beach but don’t let that stop you from visiting this very pretty place. You can pick up the Coast Path and walk to Morston or go the other way towards Cley. There’s a pay and display car park which is free if you’re a National Trust member.
At Cley-next-the-Sea you can access the Blakeney Point Nature Reserve. Now there are restrictions here – we cannot visit Blakeney Point at any time from the 1st of April to the 15th of August and the western end of the point is closed to visitors at all times. This is to protect the wildlife, so it’s very sensible. However, all is not lost as there is a nice area for us on the shingle beach at Cley and Salthouse. Some wildlife may stray into these areas so make sure your human is under control. There is a beach pay and display car park.
This beach forms part of the Coast Path, so you can have a nice walk in either direction. The beach is pebbles/shingle. If you like to swim be careful as the beach shelves away steeply in places. There is a pay and display car park at Beach Lane.
From the 1st of May until the 30th of September we are not allowed on a section of the beach where the promenade is. Go to either end of the promenade which we are allowed on throughout the year as long as we have our leads on, and there you will find plenty of space for a good old run on the sandy beaches. If the tide is in you can walk along the cliff tops where you can get some great views. If your humans are feeling energetic why not get them to climb to the top of Beeston Bump, the highest point in Norfolk – that will wear them out!
There is a very small section which has restrictions from the 1st of May to the 30th of September but don’t let that put you off visiting this lovely sandy beach. You can walk along the beach both east and westwards. Check the tides please; there are cliffs so make sure you don’t get cut off. Eeek! You can also walk along the cliff tops but be careful and keep away from the edge! There is a pay and display car park and a dog friendly café. The beach is great for fossil hunting!
No cliff top walking possible here but there is a lovely sandy beach to walk on in either direction, just keep an eye on the tide. There are no restrictions on this beach at the moment. Popular with holidaymakers in the summer. There is a pay and display car park with a slope down to the beach.
Cromer is a very popular holiday destination so the humans have grabbed the beach for themselves during the period from the 1st of May to the 30th of 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. The beach is sandy and there is a pay and display car park on the cliff top as you enter Cromer (Is there no free parking anywhere?). What did surprise us is the fact that we can visit the Pier where there are plenty of places to sit, enjoy the views and beg for ice creams! The café at the end of the Pier is also dog friendly.
A nice sandy beach to play on when the tide is out. When the tide is in the whole beach disappears! There is a car park nearby. There are restrictions on the central part of the beach where the promenade is from the 1st of May to the 30th of September. You can also walk along the cliff tops but be careful and stay well away from the edge! There is a dog friendly café on the cliff top with great views overlooking the beach.
Very similar to Overstrand beach with restrictions on the promenade section from the 1st of May to the 30th of September, but don’t let that deter you as the beach is massive and once beyond the restricted zone you can walk for miles.
There are dog restrictions from the 1st of May to the 30th of September where the groynes are. If you want to walk along the sandy beach make sure the tide is out, otherwise there is a pathway along the back of the beach.
Dog restrictions on the central part of the beach from the 1st of May to the 30th of September. The road does run parallel to the beach so take care. Facilities for your human include cafés, fish and chips, ice-creams and toilets.
This is a nice sandy beach, very quiet and peaceful. There is a problem though with coastal erosion so please do not get too close to the edge of the cliff! Access to the beach is down a steepish sandy slope. The red and white stripy lighthouse is very pretty and makes for a pawesome place to pose for any holiday snaps. There is a car park and toilets on the cliff top. An alternative way to get to this beach is to park at Cart Gap and walk down the concrete slip – it’s much easier than the sandy slope. Doggies interested in history might like to know that flint tools over 800,000 years old have been dug up here. That’s the oldest evidence of human occupation anywhere in the UK. Wow!
Pretty sandy beach with restrictions on the west side of the beach from the 1st of May to the 30th of September but completely dog friendly if you head eastwards. There is a car park.
Lovely beach, very quiet – you might not see anyone! There have been reports of adders in the sand dune area so keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs. There is no regular car parking (sometimes the campsites offer day parking) or facilities.
No restrictions but we would kindly ask that you avoid walking on this beach between October and February when it is breeding time for the seals. If you get too close you will upset the seals, they may even try and bite you, resulting in a very very nasty infection! You can view the seals from the roped off paths in the dunes, but please stay on the lead at all times and listen to the advice from the wardens. There is a pay and display car park.
Another wooftastic sandy beach which forms part of the Winterton Dunes National Reserve which means there is a lot of wildlife about and birds nesting. Please do not disturb them. Like Horsey Gap the seals arrive on this beach during the breeding season so please heed the advice from the wardens. There is a large grassy car park.
There are restrictions on the main beach from the 1st of May to the 30th of September. This is a small section of approximately 100m either side of the beach entrance. If your human likes to keep busy there are plenty of amusements, cafés and attractions in the village of Hemsby.
This beach is a mixture of sand and shingle. Walk northwards along the cliff top and enjoy wonderful panoramic views across the sea before coming back to the beach via one of several pathways. Parking and toilets are available on the cliff top and access to the beach is via a slope and some steps.
Dog friendly all year round and miles of sandy and part pebbly beach. Have fun!
Gt. Yarmouth has three beaches, North, South and Central. North and South are dog friendly all year round but Central has restrictions from the 1st of May until the 30th of September. You can walk along the promenade all year round, just make sure your human remembers to keep you on the lead.
There are restrictions on this beach from the 1st May to the 30th of September from the bottom end near the harbour for a third of the beach (there are signs). There is a doggy diner situated next to the Pier Hotel that is well worth visiting. We always get thoroughly spoilt with treats by the owners whenever we go there!
Please take care if you are heading for the beach during the summer as it can get very warm even on overcast days. When the weather is hot please go for your walk early in the morning or late evening and find a nice shady spot in which to nap during the day!
Woofs Gizmo Cavalier – Leisure and Tourism Editor
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