Find The Nearest Beach Norfolk
Planning a trip to Norfolk and looking for the nearest beaches. Norfolk has traditional seaside resorts like Great Yarmouth, Hunstanton and Cromer. The north Norfolk coastline is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with wonderful wildlife, nature, and beautiful beaches.
- West Runton beach is a nice rural quiet sand and shingle beach backed by low cliffs and at low tide, you have lots of sand and some rock pools. The beach is located between Cromer and Sheringham on the Norfolk coast. West Runton is a very popular beach and coast stretch for beachcombing and fossil hunters. Fossils of animals, birds and insects are regularly exposed from the eroding cliffs (Cromer Forest-bed) backing the beach. West Runton beach is famous for the West Runton Mammoth that was a full skeleton uncovered beside the cliffs after a storm in 1990. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust regularly runs family events (‘Rock Pool Rummaging’ and ‘Fascinating Fossils’ ) at West Runton beach, see the www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk website for more details. Facilities at the beach include parking, seasonal lifeguards, beach cafe, shop, toilets and with more shops and places to eat in the nearby village.
- Overstrand beach is a sandy beach with traditional wooden groynes below cliff-top village of Overstrand about one and half miles to the south of Cromer. Very large beach as the tide goes out but at high tide all you have is the concrete promenade. Overstrand is a good base for a Norfolk family holiday, a day trip to the beach, or the surrounding area has some good walking and mountain biking. Car park at the top of the cliff and a path snakes down to the beach, nearby Overstrand village has shop, post office, pubs and a cafe on the cliff top.
- Walcott beach is also known as Walcott Gap has several points with steps where you can access the beach through the large concrete sea defenses. The beach is sand and has wooden groynes to help stop sand movement and can provide some shelter. Facilities include limited parking, toilets, cafe, holiday parks and a wooden slipway allowing for the launching of small craft.
- Wells beach combines a sand beach with a little town and fishing port, although the town name is Wells-Next-the-Sea it is nearly a mile from the open sea and beach. Wells beach is part of a long stretch of beach, joining Holkham and is backed by sand dunes and pine woods. You often have to walk some way to get to the sea but be careful as when the tide turns and starts to come in it can be very fast. Facilities at the beach include toilets, cafe/restaurant, shop, slipway, beach hut hire.
- Old Hunstanton Beach is a sandy beach with sand dunes and colourful beach huts. Hunstanton is becoming a main beach for kitesurfing and is ideal to learn on due to the gentle shelving beach. Potential issue is high tide at Old Hunstanton in onshore winds as the cliffs can generate huge updrafts. Car parking available.
- Winterton on Sea beach is an unspoilt large sandy beach with an extensive sand dune system. This is the beach to go to if you want to escape from busy promenades and amusement arcades. The sand dunes are part of a nature reserve and area of outstanding natural beauty. The reserve have a public footpath that crosses the reserve and information panels are provided. A visit in the winter between Winterton and Horsey will give you the sight of grey seals coming ashore to have their pups. Facilities include car parking, toilets, beach cafe and the small village is just a 2-3 minute walk through the dunes and you will find a shop, post office, fish and chip shop and village pub.
- Gorleston Beach is on the outskirts of Great Yarmouth and is a wide curving sandy beach. The beach is great for families as it has all the facilities you need close at hand. This is a popular beach for body boarders and surfers. The town centre is just five minutes away and cliff top walks overlooking the Lower Esplanade and sea are easily accessible. Parking, toilets with disabled facilities, shops, cafes, amusements, children’s paddling pool, pitch and putt, bowling greens, tennis and basketball courts, lifeguards in the summer, promenade and grass areas. We have no dog information for Gorleston beach.
- The South beach at Great Yarmouth is to the south of Wellington Pier and the Pleasure Beach. The beach is a wide sandy beach backed by grassy sand dunes and is ideal for families. The beach is quieter than central beach as a little away from the attractions on Marine Parade. Facilities include parking on the street, toilets with disabled access.
- Caister beach is a large length of sandy beaches backed by dunes to the north of Great Yarmouth. The beach starts at Caister Point to the south and runs a long way north past Caister-on-Sea itself and joins to Scratby beach. Caister on Sea has a number of holiday parks backing the beach. Facilities include shops, cafes, toilets, small car park to the north and larger car parks to the south.