Dog Friendly Beaches In Norfolk

A comprehensive guide to all the dog friendly beaches in Norfolk.


Norfolk has some of the best dog friendly beaches in the UK;  on some of the Norfolk beaches the tide goes out for miles, allowing you to enjoy beautiful swathes of sand with huge skies, unique to Norfolk.    What a fantastic place to bring your dog, making the trip even more special. 

Looking for the best dog friendly beaches in Norfolk can be a difficult process, particularly in the summer months, so I've written this  page  to help you quickly discover which beaches in Norfolk are the dog friendly beaches.

People often ask me which are the best North Norfolk beaches for dogs.  Well I've persuaded my dogs to tell you themselves!  Nip over and have a look!

Dog friendly beaches in Norfolk

As you explore Norfolk, you’ll begin to experience the wonderful beaches, but finding out which is the best beach for you and your dog  can prove to be a little time consuming.  

With such a diverse range of approximately 30 good beaches in Norfolk, (ranging from sandy beaches, to nature reserves, to just plain good dog walking beaches), below I am giving you a quick comprehensive list of dog friendly beaches, as well as  those which have summer restrictions (1st May to 30th September).


Norfolk Beaches Handbook

But hold on - here's a book that will save you valuable time and effort every time you want to look for dog friendly beaches.  It's the Norfolk Beaches Handbook, something you can have with you at all times. 

It's the all year round detailed handbook of the best 28 beaches in Norfolk, including which beaches are good for dogs and which are best avoided.


Don't forget, the summer month restrictions are from 1st May to 30th September and nesting season is March and August.

I have listed the main dog friendly beaches below, but some I have omitted as
they are either not really “beaches”, one example being Morston Quay, or others that are more like Nature Reserves, such as RSPB Titchwell.

Your dog friendly beach guide

I’m going to start with the West Coast beaches, go up and along to the North Norfolk beaches and then over to  the East Norfolk beaches.

West Norfolk Beaches

These comprise Snettisham, Heacham, Hunstanton, Old Hunstanton, Holme


Snettisham

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

East Snettisham beach is a mainly shingle beach, but at low tide it becomes wet sand and quite sticky mud.  The shingle is a little tricky to walk on, but there is a more sheltered grassy sandy walk on the other side of the sand dunes if you choose.
To the West is the RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve, again you can walk along here without any restrictions, although as it’s a Nature Reserve, best to keep your dog under control.

Snettisham beach

Heacham South and North

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions.

Heacham South is easy walking, backed by sand dunes and loved by dog walkers.  Heacham North has a promenade, so obviously dogs need to be kept under control.  Heacham North beach does get busy in the summer though but is a good dog friendly beach.

Heacham beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR HEACHAM:

  • A little gem of a hotel right next to Heacham beach is the dog friendly Heacham Manor Hotel.  Easy to exercise your dogs and even offer room service for you during your stay if you bring your pet.
  • A 2 minute walk from Heacham beach is the private Marshview Dairy which has varying options for accommodation - a relaxed and informal campsite, 3 B&B's and one self catering cottage.  Lovely views over the marshland.

Hunstanton

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months. 

Dogs are not allowed from the power boat ramp to the northern end of the promenade. Hunstanton beach is a very popular beach backed by a promenade and gets very busy in the summer.  I would not really call this one of Norfolk's dog friendly beaches.

Hunstanton beach

Old Hunstanton

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions. 

This is an amazing beach where you can walk for miles and miles on the golden sands of Norfolk.  Old Hunstanton beach is one of the best dog friendly beaches in Norfolk, in my opinion. Perfect for dog walking.

Old Hunstanton beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS FOR OLD HUNSTANTON:

There are two fantastic and very different pubs in Old Hunstanton.  A really relaxing pub for a dog friendly stay in Old Hunstanton is The Lodge Inn.  You can read much more about this great pub here.

The other one is Le Strange Arms Hotel with the adjacent Ancient Mariner pub.  The pub is very dog friendly and the hotel has a few dog friendly rooms.


Holme-next-the-Sea

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions. 

Holme beach is a really good dog walking beach and you can walk all the way to Snettisham.  However, it does border on the Holme Nature Reserve so once off the beach, you would need to keep your dogs under control, especially during the nesting season.  Lovely long walks though and one of the  empty dog friendly beaches in Norfolk.

Holme-next-the-Sea beach

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North Norfolk Beaches

These comprise Thornham, Brancaster, Burnham Overy, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Sheringham, West Runton, East Runton, Cromer, Overstrand, Mundesley, Bacton, Walcot, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Waxham, Horsey, Winterton-on-Sea


Thornham

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

Again you need to keep your dogs under control as this is also the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Holmes Dunes Reserve and birds use the dunes and the beaches for nesting.  Common sense is required here please. 

Thornham beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS FOR THORNHAM:

If you're looking for a dog friendly hotel near Thornham, then why not book into Briarfields Hotel , a fantasticly relaxed hotel with wonderful views.

You could also check out The Lifeboat Inn and Chequers Inn, both in Thornham village and very dog friendly.


Brancaster

  • Dog friendly but does have restrictions in the summer months. 

This is a very popular dog friendly beach which does get busy in the summer.    At low tide you can spot the shipwreck.  It does have a restriction right in front of the approach to the beach and slightly to the East, but you can walk westwards on Brancaster beach away from the main beach. 

Brancaster beach

Don't forget, the summer month restrictions are from 1st May to 30th September and nesting season is March and August.

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION

Looking for a popular dog friendly hotel in Burnham Market? Look no further than The Hoste for luxury, relaxation and shopping!


Burnham Overy Staithe

  • Dog-friendly and no restrictions

You will be walking within the Holkham National Nature Reserve so should be careful at nesting times.  Due to the length of the walk to reach the beach, this isn’t a beach which is ever crowded, and your dogs will love it.  It’s a beautiful walk too, especially looking back from the beach and sand dunes towards Burnham Overy Staithe. One of the great dog friendly beaches in Norfolk.

Burnham Overy beach

Holkham

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

One of the many dog friendly beaches, Holkham beach has no restrictions apart from the fact that you will be walking within the Holkham National Nature Reserve if you are within the pine forest and dunes, so you should be careful at nesting times.  This is another beach where you can walk for miles and miles.  Walk East towards Wells-next-the-Sea, or West, towards Burnham Overy.  One of my favourites.

Holkham beach

Wells-next-the-Sea

  • Dog friendly to the west of the beach.  No dogs are allowed to the East.

Wells beach yet another incredible beach and if you take your dogs out towards the sea, you won’t disturb anyone by the beach huts.  Dogs are not allowed by the beach huts and please put your poo bags in the bins, don't leave them on the beach. Very popular dog friendly beach.

Wells beach

Sheringham

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months. 

Sheringham beach is another very busy beach in the summer months, so best to avoid it with dogs.

Sheringham beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR SHERINGHAM:

If you're looking for a dog friendly pub in Sheringham, then why not book into The Lobster Inn, a lovely hotel with delicious food and a very short walk from the sea front.


West Runton

  • Dog friendly with a tiny no restrictions area. 

Once past this small restriction, you have the run of the beach.  This beach is famous for its fossil collecting and where the West Runton Elephant was discovered in 1990.  Both East and West Runton are Blue Flag beaches.

West Runton Beach

East Runton

  • Dog friendly but restrictions in the summer months. 

You can walk from here to Cromer on the beach and is another good dog friendly beach, even though a little stony.   This is a Blue Flag beach.

East Runton Beach

Cromer

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months. 

Cromer beach is one of a handful of Norfolk beaches to be awarded the Blue Flag staus  and another very popular North Norfolk summer holiday destination.  In the height of the season, this is not one of the best dog friendly beaches as it is so popular!

Cromer beach

Overstrand

  • Dog restrictions on the central beach in the summer months (that is the length of the promenade). 

Overstrand is a beautiful beach when the tide is out, and also a good dog walking beach at low tide.  It even has little pictures of where you can walk the dog on the promenade!

Overstrand

Mundesley

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months (that is the length of the promenade). 

Again, very much as with Overstrand, Mundesley is a perfect dog walking beach at low tide, but also good if the tide is high too.  You can walk for a long way on this beach.

Mundesley beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR MUNDELSEY:

Poet's Corner, a single storey spacious cottage that sleeps 6, a short walk from Mundesley beach.


Bacton

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months between the main groynes of the beach

Low tide is the best time for dog walks on this beach as it is mostly covered at high tide.


Walcott

Dog restrictions in Walcott in the summer months between the main groynes of the beach.

Both Bacton beach and Walcott beach have had a major sandscaping project carried out in 2019 to prevent coastal erosion around the Bacton gas terminal, so now there is much more of a beach than there used to be. 

Walcott beach

Don't forget, the summer month restrictions are from 1st May to 30th September and nesting season is March and August.


Happisburgh

Happisburgh has dog restrictions south of the lighthouse

Happisburgh beach is a wonderful beach for walking your dogs if you go north of the lighthouse but a bit tricky at high tide.  Very unspoilt and quiet.

Happisburgh beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR HAPPSIBURGH:

Oak Cottage is a large house sleeping 10/11 people just inland from Happisburgh, close to the Broads as well.


Sea Palling

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months to the west of the beach. 

Sea Palling is another Norfolk beach to be awarded the Blue Flag status.

Lovely long walks here, either westwards  to Happisburgh or east to Waxham.  Best at low tide though otherwise you'll be walking over boulders.

Sea Palling beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR SEA PALLING AND HICKLING:

  • Daisy Cottage is situated in Sea Palling, very close to the beach and sleeps 4
  • For a perfect 3 bedroom cottage sleeping in Hickling, 10 mins from Sea Palling beach, then have a look at Kingsley Cottage.
  • Or Neaps which sleeps 2 and is in the village of Hickling with 2 very dog friendly pubs!
  • Or Heath Cottage which sleeps 5, also in the village of Hickling

Waxham

  • No dog restrictions

Waxham is a lovely dog friendly beach with absolutely no restrictions throughout the year.  It's very popular with dog walkers.

Waxham beach

Horsey

  • No dog restrictions

Horsey beach is most well known for the seals in the winter months.  Although there are no dog restrictions, please keep them under control during the seal pup season.

Horsey beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS FOR HORSEY AND WINTERTON:

  • The closest you're going to get to the beach at Horsey to see the seals is at Crincle Cottage, which sleeps 6 and is in the village of Horsey
  • or at Horsey Holiday House, which is a 1 minute drive to Horsey Gap and sleeps 4 with 2 dogs maximum.
  • If you're looking for a dog friendly self-catering cottage just outside Winterton-on-Sea, then why not book into Big Sky Cottages, a fantastic and very versatile accommodation very close to Winterton Beach and a short drive away from Horsey Beach.  A great place to base yourself when seeing the seals.


Winterton-on-Sea

  • No dog restrictions. 

Winterton beach has no dog restrictions, however, it is part of the Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve so you do need to keep your dogs under control in the nesting season.  Lots of wonderful dunes to walk in too.

Winterton beach dunes

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR WINTERTON:

Snowdrop Cottage sleeps 4 and is in Winterton village very close to the beach and another great place to base yourself for visiting the seals at Horsey.


East Norfolk Beaches

These comprise Hemsby, Scratby, Caister-on-Sea, Gt Yarmouth North, Gt Yarmouth Central, Gt Yarmouth South, Gorleston-on-Sea


Hemsby

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months

Hemsby beach is one of the busier beaches in Norfolk, so it's advisable not to bring your dog to this beach.  The village is also very busy.

Hemsby beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR HEMSBY:

If you're looking for a dog friendly self-catering cottage in Hemsby, then why not book into Dawn, a renovated 1930's holiday home a one minute walk from Hembsy Dunes and a short drive away from Horsey Beach.  A great place to base yourself when seeing the seals.

Next door to Hemsby is Scratby Beach - very dog friendly.  Eve is another renovated one storey holiday accommodation with fabulous sea views.


Scratby

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

Caister-on-Sea

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

Caister beach is most definitely a dog friendly beach with a lovely long stretch of sand to exercise your pet.

Caister Beach

Gt Yarmouth North

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions.  

Great Yarmouth beach North and South do allow dogs

Great Yarmouth North beach 300px

Gt Yarmouth Central

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months between Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier.  
One of the Norfolk beaches to be awarded the Blue Flag status.
Great Yarmouth Central beach

Gt Yarmouth South

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions.
Great Yarmouth South beach

Gorleston-on-Sea

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months between the harbour mouth and the ravine at Gorleston

This is a thriving holiday resort and Gorleston beach is a wonderful sandy beach so probably best to keep away with your pets in the summer.

Gorleston beach

I hope you've found this list of dog friendly beaches helpful and I also hope you found what you were looking for - if not, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have..  Happy dog walking!

Norfolk Beaches Handbook

Don't forget the time-saver - the book that has all the best 28 Norfolk beaches in it including which ones are best for your beloved dog.

Take a look inside the Norfolk Beaches Handbook.


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