The 5 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches in Norfolk

If you’re a dog owner in or around Norfolk – you’re in luck. We’re always singing the county’s praises for its dog-friendly atmosphere (just check out its walks)! 

Norfolk is a coastal gem known for its picturesque landscapes, and being a paradise for both humans and their furry friends. And, now summer’s (finally) arrived, what better plan is there than to take your dog for a frolic on the beach? With a bunch of beautiful beaches to explore and enjoy, you and your pup are spoilt for choice. 

In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the 5 best dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk, where the sun, sand, and wagging tails await!

Where’s the best dog-friendly beach in Norfolk?

  • Holkham Beach

Often hailed as one of the finest in the country, Holkham beach is a dog-friendly haven that stretches  for miles along the North Norfolk coast. With its vast expanse of golden sand, rolling dunes, and shimmering sea, this beach is an ideal playground for adventurous canines. Let your four-legged friend splash in the shallow waters and play fetch on the beach. Or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coastline! 

Where: Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1DR

Lowlight: during peak times, Holkham Beach can get busy. So, for a serene stroll, plan your visit during quieter periods.

Highlight: Holkham National Nature Reserve is just behind the beach, providing a stunning backdrop of natural beauty. There’s ample opportunity for you and your pup to explore the surrounding wildlife and fauna – but keep them on a lead if you can!

  • Wells-next-the-Sea Beach

Nestled near the charming town of Wells-next-the-Sea, this dog-friendly beach is a must-visit for beach-loving pups. As you amble along the golden sands, your furry friend can bask in the salty breeze and explore the dunes. 

Where: between Holkham Beach and Blakeney Point – NR23 1DR

Lowlight: at high tide, the beach can be narrower, so plan your visit accordingly if you need or prefer a wider stretch of sand.

Highlight: Wells-next-the-Sea is known for its colourful beach huts – photo-op, anyone?

  • Brancaster Beach

Brancaster Beach offers a delightful mix of long sandy stretches, rugged dunes, and lovely views of the North Sea. Dogs are welcome to roam freely along the coastline, making it a fantastic spot for a game of Frisbee or a splash in the waves. Check out this article about bringing your dog before you visit!

Where: Brancaster, PE31 8BW

Lowlight: during the summer months, some sections of the beach may have restrictions in place due to nesting birds. Check local guidelines to ensure a hassle-free visit. 

Highlight: the beach is located near the charming village of Brancaster. That means you and your pup can explore the local amenities – and enjoy a well-deserved treat after your beach trip. We recommend The Ship Hotel – if you need a place to stay, the rooms are dog-friendly, too!

  • Mundesley Beach

Located on Norfolk’s east coast, Mundesley Beach is a hidden gem for dog owners seeking a quieter seaside retreat. With its charming village atmosphere and golden sands, this beach is perfect for pups who prefer a peaceful environment.

Where: Mundesley, NR11 8BQ

Lowlight: like Holkham Beach, Mundesley can get busier during the summer months. Consider visiting during weekdays or off-peak hours for a more tranquil experience.

Highlight: Mundesley Beach is known for its scenic cliff views. Take a peek here!

  • Old Hunstanton Beach

Situated near the historic town of Hunstanton, this beach offers a blend of natural beauty and handy, dog-friendly amenities. It has stunning cliffs, rock pools, and expansive sands where dogs can run around freely.

Where: Hunstanton, PE36 6JJ

Lowlight: high tide limits the available space for play and exploration. Timing your visit during low tide means you and your dog get to roam around in more space.

Highlight: Old Hunstanton Beach is home to the renowned red-and-white-striped cliffs. They’re picturesque – and the perfect background for a doggy photoshoot.

What do I need to remember when taking my dog to the beach?

If you and your furry friend want to make the most of your beach trip, here are our 7 top tips to keep in mind:

  1. Keep your dog on a lead when necessary – check local regulations to make sure.
  2. Bring fresh water to keep your pup hydrated.
  3. Provide plenty of shade and shelter.
  4. Clean up after your dog. (Bring plenty of poo bags!)
  5. Be mindful of wildlife and other beachgoers.
  6. Check for beach advisories.
  7. Assess your dog’s swimming abilities before letting them in the water.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure a fun, safe, and memorable beach experience for both you and your canine companion. And, if you have a favourite place we haven’t mentioned, let us know.

We hope to sea lots of pics of your pup enjoying beach trips this summer!