Dog-friendly Beaches in North Norfolk

Dogs at Wells

We may well be biased, but we think North Norfolk is one of the very best places to bring your dog on holiday. And one of the reasons is that many of our stunning beaches are dog-friendly.

With summer on its way, we’ve created a list of our top picks for summer fun with your four-legged friend. And if you need somewhere to stay, make sure you check out our dog friendly holiday cottages.

Old Hunstanton Beach

You can walk for miles on golden sands at this dog friendly beach. There are no restrictions, although the beach can get a bit busy in the summer months. It’s a safe beach for paddles and swims and the beach café has doggy treats and water. As the beach faces west, this is also a great place to take in the sunset.

Thornham Beach

Another lovely dog-friendly beach with no restrictions. However, the beach is part of a Norfolk Wildlife Trust Reserve with birds using the beach and dunes for nesting between April and July, so make sure you keep your dog on a lead.

Brancaster Beach

This beauty can get busy in the summer months, but if you take yourself along the sandy beach a little way, there’s plenty of room for running, digging and ball games. There is a small restricted area (1stMay to 30thSeptember), but beyond that, dogs can run free! Just remember to check the tides before you travel – the beach car park can get cut off.

Burnham Overy Staithe Beach

There’s a bit of a walk to this sandy beach, which generally means it’s not too crowded. Your dogs will love it! There are no restrictions, but it’s within Holkham Nature Reserve, so please be careful during nesting times.

Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach

Holkham Beach

With no restrictions and miles of sand, this has to be one of the best dog walking beaches in the country. You can walk along the beach, between the dunes, or take the footpath behind the line of pines which fringe the beach. Just be mindful and keep your dogs on a lead if you take the inland path. It’s a National Nature Reserve with breeding birds between April and July.

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach

Yet another beautiful sandy beach with miles of space to run around. Dogs aren’t allowed to the east of the steps which lead down to the beach from the pines (where the beach huts are), but head west and you won’t be disappointed. There’s also the bonus of a super dog-friendly café in the beach carpark with plenty of water and treats for your pooch (and a mean slice of cake for you!). Walking from Holkham to Wells is a true delight.

Weybourne Beach

This shingle beach is easy to get to with a good-sized car park behind the beach. There are no restrictions. The beach shelves away steeply in places, so it’s not always ideal for swimming.

West Runton Beach

There is a small restricted area on this beach, but beyond that, you have the run of the place. It’s a famous fossil collecting beach, so keep your eyes peeled for interesting finds. Make sure you check the tide before you head out. There are cliffs backing the beach so be careful not to get cut off.