What could make enjoying the beautiful Norfolk coast even better? Bringing your dogs along with you, of course! The great thing about Norfolk is that, whatever the time of year, you will find a beach that welcomes responsible dog owners. However, it is advisable to check for any seasonal rules for the specific beach you wish to visit before you bring your dog along, just to avoid any disappointment!
Even though Winterton is under half an hour from the bustling Norfolk coastal town of Great Yarmouth, it is never as busy, which makes it the perfect place to let your dog run free and enjoy the sandy beach that has no dog restrictions for the entirety of the year. It is worth knowing, however, that Winterton-On-Sea beach is part of the Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserves, which means you need to be mindful and keep your dogs under control during nesting season.
Situated just North of Great Yarmouth, Caister Point beach boasts stretches of golden sand that make the perfect play area for dogs and has no restrictions throughout the year. If you are lucky, you may also get to spot seals (from the colony in nearby Horsey) in the water as your dog plays in the sand.
Perhaps best known for the extent of its coastal erosion, Happisburgh is home to one of the classic candy-striped red and white lighthouse (to the south of which there are seasonal restrictions for dogs). This small coastal village is filled with history. In 2010 flint tools were found and in 2013 early human footprints were found, showing the oldest evidence of human existence in the United Kingdom.
In spite of the restrictions (with fines) on dog walking on certain parts of Gorleston beach during the summer months, the traditional seaside feel of the town makes it well worth visiting the restriction-free areas of the beach, or the main beach in the winter months. After a walk along the sand with your dog, the promenade that runs alongside it offers plenty of cafés and benches to relax on.
Much further in the North of Norfolk, Brancaster makes the perfect beach to visit with your dogs (just be aware of the small areas of restrictions during the summer months) and is definitely worth the drive. The beach boasts miles of sand, as well as very shallow water for your dog to splash around in. As your dog is busy enjoying and exploring the beach, if you visit at the right time, you may also get to see the impressive shipwreck of the SS Vina at low tide (though you should not attempt to walk out to the boat as the tide races back in very quickly, making it dangerous).
If you’re looking for dog friendly accommodation in Norfolk, with great access to dog friendly beaches, then come along to Eastern Beach in Caister-On-Sea. Book your holiday today, from just £155 per week.