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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheringham beach is another very busy beach in the summer months, so best to avoid it with dogs.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Low tide is the best time for dog walks on this beach as it is mostly covered at high tide.
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.
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.
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.
Waxham is a lovely dog friendly beach with absolutely no restrictions throughout the year. It's very popular with dog walkers.
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.
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.
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.
Caister beach is most definitely a dog friendly beach with a lovely long stretch of sand to exercise your pet.
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.
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!
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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