Dog walking on beaches

Best north norfolk beaches for dog walking

North Norfolk is a canine paradise as it's known for being one of the most dog-friendly locations in the UK. The vast sandy beaches are a delight for dogs and their responsible owners all year round. Many of the beaches are best at low-tide so check time tides before you go. Here’s our list of the best dog-friendly beaches in north Norfolk.

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Heacham. The flood defence bank is good if you enjoy being by the sea but like to keep paws clean. Heacham has two beaches - park at the North beach and walk north to Hunstanton either on the beach or the flood defence bank. If you go for a walk towards the end of the day, you will be treated to majestic sunsets.

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Old Hunstanton. This is dog-friendly all year round with a lovely sandy beach. There’s the stunning backdrop of striped cliffs and the shallow tidal water is ideal for walking dogs.

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Brancaster. There are some restrictions for a part of the beach in the summer. The miles and miles of shimmering unspoilt sand and shallow water are great for dogs and owners.

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Holkham. You can park at the end of Lady Anne’s Drive, which is opposite the entrance to Holkham Hall. Then walk through the pinewoods, along the boardwalks until you find yourself on a huge expanse of beautiful sand. 

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Wells-next-the-Sea. For soft white sands with a picturesque backdrop of beach huts and pinewoods, this beach is stunning for both dog and owner. Enter from the car park at the far end, where there is a lovely café which caters for dogs. The beach is best at low tide, when the sands are fantastically vast.

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Thornham. There are no dog restrictions at Thornham beach. From the car park by the creek, you can walk along the raised embankment which leads down to a quiet beach. Be careful not to disturb birds who nest in the sand dunes.

Titchwell. There is car parking at the RSPB car park and from there, walk through the bird sanctuary (keep dogs on the lead). Walk for about a mile then you reach the beach.

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Sea Palling and Waxham. The fine sand and quiet waters on these beaches make for an ideal walk. There are dog restrictions in the summer at Sea Palling, but you can walk to the east of the beach. Waxham has no restrictions.

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Mundesley. There are some restrictions on the promenade section in the summer. The lovely sandy beach where you can walk dogs is best reached by the walkways leading down from the cliffs.

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Happisburgh. The dog friendly parts of the beach are north of the lighthouse. The sandy beach is very quiet and peaceful.

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