For me, Wells beach is the best beach in Norfolk, and let me tell you why.
Just a stone’s throw away from the harbour town of Wells-next-the-Sea, this Norfolk beach offers everything you could want from the perfect English beach.
Wells-next-the-Sea beach car park – how can that be exciting?
Starting with the car park - I love the Wells beach car park. Yes, I know that may come across as a bit strange, but there are 3 reasons for this, no, in fact 4 reasons which you may be curious to find out.
NEVER did I think I would find 4 exciting things to say about a beach car park!
On with the beach -
If you want to see more pictures of Wells beach, head over to my Norfolk Video gallery.
Yes, this is a great beach for bucket and spades, whether the tide is in our out. If the tide is in, you still have that wonderfully soft sand right up to the level of the beach huts and sand dunes.
Not great however for body boarding as the waves aren’t huge, but could be used as a float on the little pools left as the tide goes out.
This is one very dog friendly beach (with the exception of the east side which is on the right as you come down the steps towards the sea and by the beach huts), but that’s not an issue.
Dogs are an important part of my life, and maybe for you too. They absolutely love it here. Low tide is obviously best as the sands stretch for miles and the lovely hard sand makes it great walking for them, and for you too.
If you walk far enough out towards the sea you get to a stretch of sand dunes, where you can sit, sheltered from the wind if it’s that kind of day, and just let those doggies loose without a care in the world.
It makes you realise how great Norfolk UK and England are.
But please - pick up your dog poo and put your bags in the bins provided - don't leave the bags lying around on the beach, it is incredibly unsightly and, more importantly, it actually ruins the environment on this Nature Reserve.
Carry on walking westwards and you’ll eventually come to Holkham beach, another amazing dog walking beach.
The great thing about Wells beach is that you can then retrace your steps and come back along the edge of the beach to have a look at all the wonderfully decorated and named beach huts.
Some people have a great imagination and you’ll get great enjoyment from looking at them. Think up some names yourself – a great game for bored kids – although quite how they can be bored on this beach I don’t know!
Here are just a couple of names of beach huts on Wells beach.
Hut Blong Jane
And many other great names, but I’d hate to give the game away!
Some are painted in fantastic colour schemes, they really are worth taking a look at.
When you go to the beach you either choose to get away from everyone, or stay close to amenities and accessibility. On this beach you can do both of these things.
Wells isn’t just a beach - on the other side of the sand dunes nearest the car park is a wonderful pine walk, comprising the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way. In fact you can criss-cross these paths with the beach, going over the dunes into the wood or vice versa to the beach. This path will also take you all the way to Holkham beach (2 miles), and on a sunny day it’s welcome shade from the sun.
Great for bicycling too.
The path runs alongside the boating lake from the Pinewoods Holiday Park
and runs through part of the Holkham Nature Reserve, the main section
of which stretches from Wells-next-the-Sea to Holkham, so if you’re a
great bird watcher, nature enthusiast or rambler, this is a superb place
to come and watch the wildlife habitats at work – grab an ice cream,
don your binoculars and have a fascinating walk along the Norfolk Coast
Path.We organise walking holidays along this particular path which may be of interest to you.
Last, but not least, you've got Pinewoods Holiday Park. Whatever type of camping you're doing, whether it be in a tent, staying in a static caravan or bringing your own mode of transport, it's right on the edge of Wells beach, so it couldn’t be a more convenient place to stay.
However, once on the beach, you never get the feeling that there’s a holiday park right next door. That’s what I love about Wells beach, you just go over the dunes and you’re transported to another world.
Of all the Norfolk beaches, this is my top choice, but I am biased as I love it for dog walking more than anything else.