It's official! North Norfolk has one of the very best stretches of sandy coast in the country. Six beaches in north Norfolk have retained their Blue Flag status in 2021. Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Blue Flags for Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling, East Runton and West Runton, and a seaside award for Hunstanton. 

The Blue Flag is an environmental award given to beach operators who make special effort to manage their coastal water environmental and beaches. Beach operators have to fulfil a number of criteria meaning north Norfolk beaches offer some of the safest and cleanest bathing waters in the country.

Also, all the Blue Flag beaches in north Norfolk have sloped paved access, and are therefore fully accessible from the promenade onto the beach. At certain times of the year, these beaches permit dog walking

Most of the Blue Flag beaches are along the Deep History Coast Discovery Trail where you will come across a Discovery Point providing an interactive glimpse back into north Norfolk's deep history!


Sitting on the edge of the Victorian seaside town, Sheringham is a charming beach. Beach huts and chalets can be hired throughout the season if you’re planning to make a summer of it. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat along the promenade with easy access to the beach. When the tide is in, the west and east promenade offers a lovely walk and if you head further east, or west, you can walk along the pebbles and shingle along the beach. The groynes make the beach a safe place for families with clean, calm water for paddling and playing.

Sheringham Beach


Just along from Sheringham is Cromer, with beautiful sunsets and majestic Pier jutting out to sea, Cromer is a magnificent beach to spend the day. There’s plenty to keep all ages entertained with surfing, crabbing off the Pier, watching the Cromer Pier Show and of course the Cromer Carnival and World Pier Crabbing Championships in the summer, making Cromer a popular choice. Or grab a snorkel and swim out to the Cromer Chalk Reef, the longest in Europe. If you want to get away from the crowds, just walk east or west away from the Pier, to East and West Runton or Overstrand, and you’ll feel you’ve got the beach to yourself.

Cromer Beach


West and East Runton beaches are part of the Deep History Coast. West Runton is where a Steppe mammoth skeleton was discovered; it was the most complete skeleton of a Steppe mammoth ever found in the world. These beaches are therefore ideal for fossil hunting and rock pooling. Fossil hunting, is very rewarding as there’s plenty to discover from amber to belemnite fossils and at low tide rock pools appear, full of fascinating creatures. If you’d rather have sand, go at low tide where a beautiful sandy beach is revealed.

Aerial view of West Runton beach


Further along the coast is Mundesely beach, which offers a family fun day out within a traditional seaside resort. The large flat sands and clean waters, backed by cliffs and the row of pretty beach huts, are ideal for swimming and playing. Mundesley is a quiet resort and is therefore great for beach days away from the hustle and bustle. The beach is on the Norfolk Coast Path, about eight miles from Cromer, so is a pleasant reward after a walk. If you have the energy, you can continue the walk from here to Sea Palling on the beach (depending on tide times).

Beach Huts at Mundesley Beach


Sea Palling is another lovely family beach which doesn’t get too over-crowded. The Norfolk Coast Path, extends to Sea Palling which makes the beach appealing to walkers. The off-shore reefs mean the water is calm and safe for paddling children and the soft golden sand enable lots of beach fun, even when the tide is in. With cafes, amenities and a lifeguard, Sea Palling offers a pleasant and safe day out.

Sea Palling Beach


Hunstanton main beach has received a Seaside Award. Formally known as the quality coast award, the Seaside Award is a nationwide standard for the best beaches across the UK. The main beach covers the area from the north end of the promenade where the famous red and white cliffs begin, down to the boat launch ramp, where powerboats, jetskis and the Wash Monsters enter the sea.

Hunstanton was designed and purpose-built in the 1840s as a Victorian seaside resort town and earned the name 'Sunny Hunny' due to being west-facing resulting in amazing sunsets. Today, the beach is popular for kite surfing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing and powerkiting. Or if you're looking for a quieter experience, there is a town green just behind the promenade, offering a pleasant place to sit and watch the world go by and enjoy the live music from the bandstand on a Sunday afternoon.

Hunstanton Main Beach


Sheringham Beach

Sheringham’s award winning beach is part of a traditional seaside town well known for its fishing industry.

Cromer Beach
Cromer Beach

Cromer is a very special resort. The pristine sands, luscious green cliffs and dainty Victorian buildings make it a very enchanting place to visit.

West Runton Beach
West Runton beach

West Runton is a recognised award-winning beach between Cromer and Sheringham with a sand and shingle beach.

Mundesley Beach
Mundesley beach

Award winning beach at Mundesley in a popular traditional seaside resort. Very clean, sandy beach with very little shingle.

Sea Palling Beach
Sea Palling beach

Situated only 10 minutes from the market town of Stalham Sea Palling is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Stretches of fine sand create a series of shallow bays, formed by man made reefs just off the coast, providing safe swimming.

Hunstanton Beach
Hunstanton Beach

Hunstanton is a gently sloping beach with rock pools at the northern end leading to Hunstanton's famous red and white stripped cliffs.



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