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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

With such a diverse range of approximately 28 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).

You can also see a review of the best Norfolk beaches for walking, dogs, swimming, families and towns here.

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 bird 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 Norfolk Dog Friendly Beaches Guide 

I'm going to start with:

When you've discovered your favourite dog friendly beach you or your dog can come back here and tell us all about it!


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 estuary 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 SUGGESTIONS FOR HEACHAM:

  • A 2 minute walk from Heacham beach is the private Norfolk Coast B&B Cottages & Camping 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.
  • 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.

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 attractions 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.

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

North Norfolk Beaches

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


Thornham

  • Dog friendly and no restrictions

Thornham beach is very similar to Holme beach although it does require a bit of a walk to reach it (good for a dog walk though!).  As it borders a nature reserve, dogs should be kept under control in the dunes, but otherwise the beach is lovely and dog friendly.

Thornham beach which is dog friendly

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS FOR THORNHAM:

There are two brilliant dog friendly pubs in Thornham that are well worth checking out.


Brancaster

  • Dog friendly but does have a small restriction 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 small 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

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR TITCHWELL

Next door to Brancaster village is Titchwell where you'll find the wonderfully dog friendly and extremely relaxed Briarfields Hotel.  This hotel has amazing views over to the coast from their garden and terrace.


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

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION

Here's a hotel that is very different!  Set in the middle of the popular village of Burnham Market is The Hoste which is a boutique hotel with a Spa.  Treat yourself to something different here.


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 and keep them under control.  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 is yet another incredible beach and if you take your dogs out towards the sea at low tide, 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

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Cley

  • Dog restrictions in the summer months to the west

The whole of Cley beach is shingle, making it very difficult for dogs to walk on unless you visit at low tide.  In the nesting months there is a total ban to the west of the beach. It also backs onto two important nature reserves with ground nesting birds so they do need to be kept under control if you do decide to take you dog to this beach.

Cley beach which is dog friendly

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, particularly as there is a promenade.  When it's high tide the sea comes right up to the promenade leaving no space on the beach. You can walk along the promenade, but not on the beach during the restricting months.

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 pub with delicious food and a very short walk from the sea front.


West Runton

  • Dog friendly but with a tiny restriction area as you enter the beach  

Once past this small restriction on West Runton beach, 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 status  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!  It also has restrictions either side of the pier.

Cromer beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR CROMER:

The Beach Hut is just a 2 minute walk from the sea front and town centre and allows 2 dogs.

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.  You can not walk them on the beach in the summer, but you can walk them along the promenade.  It even has little pictures of where you can walk the dog on the promenade!  

Overstrand
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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 either side of the restrictions in the summer months and you can walk them along the promenade.

Mundesley beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR MUNDESLEY:

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

After a major sandscaping project in 2019 to help prevent coastal erosion, the beach is now much larger and gives plenty of space for dog walking once past the restrictions.  The restrictions are near the north of the village.   


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.  The summer restrictions cover most of the beach running parallel to the road.

Walcott beach

Happisburgh

  • No dog restrictions 

Happisburgh beach is a wonderful beach for walking your dogs. Very unspoilt and quiet but coastal erosion is very evident here.  

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 in the middle section of the beach. 

Sea Palling is another Norfolk beach to be awarded the Blue Flag status.  Lovely long walks here, either north  to Happisburgh or south to Waxham.  Best at low tide though otherwise you'll be walking over boulders.  In the summer months there is a restriction on the main part of the beach.  You can go south from the main entrance, or walk a little further north and bypass the main beach.  You can find more details of the exact location here

Sea Palling beach

ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTION FOR SEA PALLING AND HICKLING:

  • St Benet's is situated in Sea Palling, very close to the beach and sleeps 12
  • Echoes Cottage in Sea Palling, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms
  • For a perfect 3 bedroom cottage sleeping in Hickling, 10 mins from Sea Palling beach, then have a look at Kingsley Cottage.
  • 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 very busy 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 AND SCRATBY:

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.

As with Gt Yarmouth North, dogs are allowed on Gt Yarmouth South beach.

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.  Happy dog walking!

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

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Norfolk Beaches Handbook

This Norfolk Beaches Handbook will help you discover many more Norfolk beaches.  It is the most comprehensive guide on all the accessible Norfolk beaches, detailing information such as postcodes, accessibility, whether it's good for children, walking, wildlife or fishing, whether there are car parking charges and much more.

You can read more about the Norfolk Beaches Handbook here.

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