Sheringham Beach is a fantastically sandy beach when the tide is out.
However, if you’re looking for Norfolk beaches where you can guarantee the sand , whether it be high or low tide, then you should definitely check the tide times before you visit here to make sure it is low tide.
But, having said that, it is still a lovely beach to spend some time on - and here's why.
This North Norfolk beach lies on the edge of the very traditional Victorian seaside town of Sheringham which has all sorts of attractions, of which you can see a list here.
Why is Sheringham beach so popular?
Well here are some of the reasons:
If the tide is in, don't despair, because you can easily have a lovely walk along both the west and east promenade, or along the pebbles on the beach, but you will find it difficult to walk between the groynes, even though there are steps going up and over the groynes.
Huge bolders and rocks lie against the main part of the promenade as a sea defence, so at high tide you will only find rocks and shingle, but if you amble further east, or west, then these disappear and you are left with much smaller pebbles and shingle which makes it a much more pleasurable walk.
You'll find Sheringham beach tide times here.
And if you're looking for somewhere to have lunch, then The Lobster Inn in Sheringham is a fantastic dog friendly pub with some lovely rooms, very close to the beach and the Norfolk Coast Path. It is literally a 3 minute walk from the promenade.
The beach really comes into its own at low tide.
As the tide goes out,
it leaves rock pools amongst the bolders, and lovely hard sand on which
to build as many sand castles as you like. It also counts as a bucket and spade beach too.
It's ideal for families, however, it is slightly tricky if you’ve got a buggy, because getting down to the beach isn’t very easy across the pebbles, although certainly not impossible. And there are WC’s and showers on the promenade, which is always a great relief to know!
It's a beach which stretches as far as the eye can see, so there's always plenty of room for everyone. The main part of the beach is not a dog friendly beach in the summer months though.
Walking along the West Promenade and up to the top of the cliff along the tarmac path, you get incredible vistas both east and west, overlooking the groynes on the beach. There are masses of benches where you can sit and admire the wonderful sea view. Or idle along the promenade for a typical seaside walk.
The promenade forms part of the Norfolk Coast Path, and the walk along the cliff tops of Sheringham, along the golf course, are fantastic. It makes for a great clifftop walk.
Hiring a beach hut at Sheringham will make your holiday that little bit more special.
All of the weekly lettings of beach huts start on a Saturday and you can find the prices and more information here on hiring out beach huts on the North Norfolk District Council website.
Sheringham beach huts are on the promenade, making it really easy for you to put all your beach paraphernalia in the hut for the week - no more lugging handfuls of buckets and spades, windbreaks and rugs all the way from the accommodation or car park to the beach!
Sheringham beach is NOT dog friendly during the summer months. It is a very busy beach when the tide is out, so it's best to avoid this one if you have dogs. There are plenty of other dog friendly beaches which you can read about here.
The Lobster Inn is a 2 minute walk from the beach and also has self catering cottages as well as being a B&B. Great for a drink after a day on the beach too as it has a beer garden at the back.
Sheringham is a very popular seaside town which is full of all sorts of attractions:
There really is something here for everyone.
There are a few places to park in Sheringham.
East Cliff car park is a good one if you are going to the beach although, as the name suggests, it is at the top of the cliffs! But it looks down onto the beach.
The other large car park is Station car park which is adjacent to the North Norfolk Railway. This would involve a 5-10 min walk to the beach.
There is also a very small car park almost on the promenade, but this fills up very quickly. It's right by the Mo Sheringham museum.