Burnham Overy Staithe beach is yet another wonderful secluded Norfolk beach, but reached by just over a one mile walk.
I think this is one of the “best approaches to a Norfolk beach.”
Boats, salt marshes, sand dunes and peace - what more could you ask for?
Once you step over the sand dunes, you’re met with the most wonderful expanse of sand stretching from West to East, as far as you can see - you can walk all the way to Wells if you choose. You'll see from the photo below the beautiful unspoilt coastline.
You wouldn’t really come to this beach for a bucket and spade day, unlike Wells beach where you can arrive at the beach 5 minutes from having parked the car. It would just be too far to carry everything, and I think the children would get restless long before they got there!
Having said that, this makes for another of our superb Norfolk walks along a “sanded” walk-way, through the reclaimed salt marshes (which are now fresh water meadows and belong to the Holkham Nature Reserve) and dunes to eventually reach the beach, which is well worth the effort, although not much effort needed as you won’t find a hill until you reach the dune! The walk to the beach is part of the Norfolk Coast Path and is one of the most enjoyable stretches of this path.
Once you arrive at the beach, having climbed the sand dunes, why not rest a while and enjoy the view. Looking back over the water meadows to the village is especially picturesque, with the huge expanse of sky, flat marshes, all the little boats in the distance in the creek, and an array of pan-tiled roofs from the flint stoned cottages.
These visual memories of vast stretches of sky and sand stay with you year round. You’ll love them!
If sailing is your passion, then this is one of the best places to bring your boat.
A simple launch from the ramps and away you go. It gets very popular in the summer months though, but very sociable and a great past-time for those that love it.
I just “watch” the boats. It’s a great way to pass the time before going for your walk – the tinkering of the sails, watching young children (and adults!) really enjoying themselves, and mastering the art of sailing.
And nothing could be more serene on a beautiful sunny day.
There are a few sailing schools around the Norfolk coast which provide lessons, should you wish to take some. Wells-next-the-Sea has Oceanus Sailing (01263 862062) , Brancaster has Sailcraft Sea School. (01485 210236)
The ferry sails from here to Scolt Head Island, an actual island in Norfolk! It’s a National Nature Reserve so a great place for spotting the wildlife. Parts of the island are cordoned off for nesting birds (as is Blakeney Point), but it’s also a great place for picnicking – take the ferry and spend an hour or so on the island. The ferry is obviously controlled by the tide so your time on the Island will depend very much on the tide times. To catch the ferry you need to arrive around high tide.
However, I have to say this isn't well advertised so you just have to hope you see the ferry.
There are so many villages with the word "Burnham" in it that people often ask "What are the Burnhams"?
The Burnhams which comprise Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton, Burnham Overy Town, Burnham Overy Staithe, the famous Burnham Market, and Burnham Thorpe are extremely pretty villages, lots of flint cottages and just as you imagine North Norfolk to be. Worth the time to drive around at your leisure, taking in the gentle way of life in Norfolk.
The adjacent villages to BOS that lie on the North Norfolk Coast are Burnham Norton to the West and Holkham to the East. You can walk from here to Holkham beach, again along the Norfolk Coast Path. It’s about two miles, you could have lunch in Holkham at The Victoria Pub at the end of St Anne’s Drive, and then walk back again to digest (or catch the Coasthopper bus)! A perfect day.