OUR FAVOURITE BEACHES
Norfolk's 93-mile coastline is long and full of contrasts, and is home to some of the best beaches in the country.
Pebble Beaches - Blakeney Point to Weybourne
Blakeney Spit stretches for 4 miles from Blakeney Point to Weybourne. Car parks giving direct access to the beach are at Cley, Salthouse and Weybourne – and there are many signposted roadside footpaths between the carparks which head accross the marsh taking you directly to the sea and beach. Some of these footpaths have space to park one or two cars. A fabulous view of the marshes can be seen from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Cley.
Some beaches, such as those that fringe Scolt Head Island and Blakeney Point, are best reached by boat. From Burnham Overy Staithe, you can catch a ferry to Scolt Head Island – one of the most inaccessible of the region’s beaches, and the most beautiful. Managed by English Nature, it is an important breeding ground for birds and is owned by the National Trust.
Blakeney Point is also a bird sanctuary and home to common and grey seals that sprawl lazily by the water’s edge. A boat trip to the beach here makes a good excursion on a sunny day and when the tide’s high enough, boats depart from Morston Quay taking about an hour (some allow you to land and explore the Point for half an hour or so).
Boat trips to sea the seals are offered by:
Norfolk Etc offer Norfolk Oyster's for charter, to be guided by a skipper or book a trip with a skipper at the helm – all from Morston Quay.
Take a unique guided boat trip to discover Scolt Holt Island and learn about the coast and natural wildlife as it changes with the seasons. Daily departures from Brancaster Staithe Harbour with Branta Cruises.
Holkham is the ultimate beach – miles of sand with a sheltering backdrop of dunes and pinewoods. Definitely large enough for kite flying and any type of beach sport. It is a popular area for riding and in the far distance you can often see hazy groups of horses galloping along the water’s edge. Even in the height of summer there is always enough space for a picnic. In winter – this is also a faourite place to walk – the path behind and through the woods offers shelter before you cross the boardwalk and venture accross the sand to meet the sea.
For spectacular sandy beaches head for areas between Brancaster and Cley-next-the-Sea. Water quality standards are high along this coastline; with many beaches so remote they are not even tested.
Burnham Overy Staithe has good sand backed by a broad band of dunes and marram grass. Parking is on the quayside - to get to the beach you have to walk about a mile along a raised sea wall. Once you’ve walked through the high dunes you get a stunning view of sea, sand and sky.