The Top 5 North Norfolk Beaches
With its endless blue skies, long sandy beaches and rare wildlife, North Norfolk is endowed with some of the finest beaches in the country. Whether you're looking for a quiet spot of relaxation with a partner, a day of amusements and excitement with the family, or a long walk with your dog, there is a beach for everyone in North Norfolk.
In our latest blog, we take a look at five of the best North Norfolk beaches.
Wells-next-the-Sea is a wonderfully sandy bucket and spade beach, backed by pine woods and characterised by its famously colourful beach huts. The beach is about a mile's walk from the equally lovely seaside town of Wells, but can be reached from town by the Wells Harbour Railway. Parking is also available on the main beach car park, which also includes a cafe for seaside refreshments. On the beach, children will love splashing around in 'The Run' just be sure they head back to safety when the hooter is sounded by the on-duty lifeguard.
In May 2017, the Wells-next-the-Sea beach was awarded a 'Seaside Award' an honour bestowed on beaches which are clean, safe and well-maintained.
Holkham is one of Norfolk's, and Britain's, best-loved beaches. Boasting three miles, of pristine, unspoilt natural beauty, the beach is perfect for a family day out, or for a long, windy walk.
Just a few miles east along the coast from Wells, Holkham, like Wells is backed by a stretch of pine woods. When visiting the beach from the car park at Lady Ann's Drive, adjacent to the entrance to Holkham Hall, the beach is accessed via the boardwalk which takes you through the pine woods and out onto the beach.
Holkham beach was recently voted 'Best Beach in the UK' in a survey of travel writers, and has also provided the setting for many famous movie scenes. The 2016 film Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, was filmed on the beach in July 2016, while the famous beach scene featuring Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love was also filmed at Holkham.
Affectionately known locally as 'Sunny Hunny', Hunstanton is very much a traditional family beach experience. The large, sandy beach offers a wealth of good old-fashioned family fun, including pony rides, amusements, refreshments and a theatre in the summer season.
Hunstanton is the only west facing beach in the east of England, making it one of the region's sunniest and most popular destinations. The two-mile long, blue flag beach is famous for its stunning striped cliffs, which provide a unique and dramatic backdrop to the beach.
The Titchwell Marsh nature reserve offers a little something for everyone, including one of North Norfolk's finest beaches. Titchwell has a bit more variety than the average beach, making it the perfect destination for families and nature-lovers. On the short walk from the visitor centre, you will pass through reedbeds and lagoons which play host to the many thousands of migrating birds which pass through and stop off at Titchwell throughout the year. In the summer months marsh harrier, bearded tits, avocets, gulls and terns can be seen, while wading birds, ducks and geese are common in winter.
Just a few miles east along the coast from Heacham is the beautiful beach of Brancaster. This peaceful, dog-friendly beach, boasts miles and miles of smooth, golden sand, making it great for dog walking, picnics, sandcastles and power kiting.
The beach, which is part of the Brancaster Estate owned by the National Trust, is a designated area of natural beauty. Throughout the year, Brancaster is blessed with a rich array of wildlife, including seals which can often be found lolling around on the shore.
At low-tide, visitors are able to see the shipwreck of the half-submerged SS Vina, which was used for target practice by the RAF in World War II. Because of the volatility of the tides at Brancaster, it's best to admire the SS Vina from a safe distance, attempting to walk out to the shipwreck can be extremely dangerous, and is not advisable.
From the family fun of Hunstanton, to the unspoilt beauty of Holkham, North Norfolk boasts a selection of beaches which few other regions can match. Whatever you look for in a beach, you'll be sure to find it on this most spectacular of coastlines.
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Titchwell Marsh Beach