Winterton beach has the wonderful advantage of a vast expanse of soft sand which is backed onto by the rolling dunes of the National Nature Reserve.
The stretch of sand between the dunes and the sea gives a lovely uncrowded and open feel to it, and also means you can spread yourself out without being on top of other people.
It's a popular beach as it’s very close to the village of Winterton on Sea, so in the summer months it gets busy, but it’s definitely not one of the those beaches that has limited space, and it doesn’t get nearly as busy as its neighbour Hemsby, or even Great Yarmouth. You don’t feel that you have to rush to the beach in the morning in order to get a place!
In the winter, its a great dog walking beach.
Parking is very easy, always a plus when you come to the beach. There is a large grassy car park at the top of the beach and it’s only a short walk to reach the sand.
It’s another one of those Norfolk beaches that doesn’t matter whether the tide is in or out as there is abundant soft sand whatever the time of the tide. If you go further up the Norfolk coast to beaches such as Overstrand, Cromer or Sheringham, then tide times do become an issue.
Just like Horsey beach, which is next door to Winterton, this beach gives you a real sense of being away from the hustle and bustle of the busier villages and towns on the Norfolk coast. I think it’s the wild and barren stretches of dunes which give it this feel.
There was a well positioned good café overlooking the beach, but really unfortunately, it has had to be knocked down due to coastal erosion. So you won't find it here any more (December 2020).
However, there is now a mobile cafe nearby.
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These really are fantastic dunes which back on to the beach and stretch as far as the eye can see, extending all the way to Horsey.
As part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest and designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, these dunes provide wonderful walking if you don’t want to sit on the beach. There are lots of paths that you can criss cross around without getting too lost!
If you want to see the seals, this has become a popular place to see them. In the winter months the seal colony from Horsey has spread out to now include Winterton. Even in the summer months you'll see the heads of seals bobbing about in the water, or you may even catch them sunbathing by the groynes.
You can easily walk from Winterton to Horsey beach and get the spectacular views of even more seals basking on the sand, or looking after their pups. It’s a truly wonderful sight and worth the walk.
Please remember though, these seals are dangerous if you get too close to them. Selfies are not a good idea, especially in the winter months. If you disturb the mothers, they won't come back to their pups.
Alternatively, if you want to see more seals, drive along the coast to Horsey and park in one of the car parks.
Winterton beach is a perfect traditional family friendly beach, all about sand and sea, not about amusements and arcades. It’s also a great dog walking beach with no restrictions, you mustn't forget the pets!
Here are a couple of suggestions for accommodation in or near Winterton beach:
Big Sky Cottages
If you want to stay in a self catering cottage that is extremely dog friendly and where you can walk out of the door and along a bridle way to reach the beach at Winterton, then this is the cottage for you. It comprises of three cottages and can be extremely flexible with the sleeping arrangements. It sleeps anywhere between 2-10 people. For more on Big Sky Cottages, click here.
Snowdrop Cottage in the village of Winterton on Sea is close to the beach, sleeps 4 and is dog friendly