A trip to Norfolk wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of the amazing beaches on the Norfolk coast. There is such a vast choice of beaches in this county that it would be impossible to know which to use without a little helping hand! Everyone will have a different idea of what makes the perfect beach, depending on their individual situation, and this guide tries to cover some of the best beaches for all types of holidaymakers!
Best For Families
Cromer beach is fantastic for families because there is so much to do, so you won’t need to worry about complaints of being bored. The town is most famous for crabbing, which is suitable for children of all ages: 2 to 22, bringing out the competitive side in everyone! The town also has a wide selection of fish and chips and ice cream shops, which means you needn’t panic when the children announce that they’re hungry! If your children don’t require a pushchair, the cliff-top to the lighthouse makes a great activity, and is the perfect chance for some family photos to remember your trip.
Best For Dogs
As a huge beach with an expanse of golden sand, Old Hunstanton is great for people visiting with dogs. The shallow tidal waters makes it a perfect place for your dog to paddle on a hot day after you have walked the length of the beautiful beach. The vast beach also provides you with a great playground for you and your dog- so be sure to take a ball or frisbee to play fetch! Also, you needn’t worry about when you are planning on bringing your dog- they are welcome all year round at Old Hunstanton beach!
Best For Wheelchair/Pushchair Access
Of course, sand and wheels are never really going to be a good combination, but that is not to say that wheelchair users and families with pushchairs can’t still enjoy a Norfolk beach. Great Yarmouth has plenty of ramps down onto the sand, as well as beach wheelchairs that are available from the Tourist Information Centre. There is plenty of car parking around the town, so you don’t need to worry about the length of journey from the car to the beach. What’s more, the majority of the town centre is wheelchair accessible, so you can enjoy the day out without any concerns!
Best For Nature Lovers
If you want to sample some of Norfolk’s wildlife at the same time as taking in the coastal views, Brancaster could be the best beach for you. When you’re here, you may be lucky to see avocets, oystercatchers, terns and even seals that occasionally relax on the beach. If searching for your shells is your thing, you’ll find a vast variety of them here! As well as wildlife, if you visit at low-tide, you will probably catch a glimpse of the half-submerged 1940s shipwreck SS Vina.
This is but a handful of the best beaches in Norfolk, and finding the best one for you is simply a matter of trial and error (though there are worse things than making your way through the Norfolk coast!). The great thing is that, because there are so many beaches here, there is bound to be more than one that suits your needs perfectly!
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