Norfolk’s Beaches

beyond OverstrandWith access to Norfolk’s great variety of beaches – vast sands and pebbly banks – Wood Farm Cottages are ideally located just 15 minutes from the coast, close enough for a quick run down but far enough from the summer crowds and traffic. There’s an enormous variety with Brancaster, Wells and Holkham offering miles of empty sands, dunes and gently sloping swimming areas, while further east the sandy and low tide pebbly beaches of Sheringham and Cromer offer more traditional bucket and spade fun.

Scolt Head Island, Norfolk’s hidden beach, is an offshore barrier island that can only be accessed by boat. With a secluded and often deserted expanse of sandy beaches, you’re guaranteed some peace and quiet on this spectacular UK beach. The island is less than four miles long and provides a haven for wildlife.

If you head furthur east beyond Cromer you can’t fail to be delighted by the almost deserted sandy beaches between Mundesley and Cromer (see photo taken near Overstrand).

Wells-next-the-Sea is a traditional Norfolk fishing harbour with the most stunning beach – a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute miniature train ride from the quayside. For fish and chips, crabbing or exploring the quaint streets, Wells makes a great family day out.

Neighbouring Holkham Beach was voted the best beach in Britain, and has appeared in many well known films. Reachable from Wells via a pine fringed footpath or along the beach, or from the car park at Holkham Hall, even on the busiest day you can quickly find a secluded spot in the dunes to make your base. Kite fliers – this is the place for you.

Blakeney Harbour, while not perhaps a ‘beach’ offers plenty of fun. From ‘mud sliding’ for the brave, to crabbing from the Quayside or canoeing or sailing, there’s always something to do. Check out the view on the Blakeney webcam.

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