North Norfolk boasts miles of sandy beaches perfect for lazy days, more strenuous surfing or seal watching. Many of the beaches have sections for dog walkers and restricted areas for safe bathing.

  • Mundesley-on-sea (3 miles) is a real gem with sandy beaches and small pools at low tide. Mundesley itself offers shops, restaurants and cafes as well as a skate park, children’s play area, golf driving range (popular with teenagers) and plenty of dog walks. Mundesley beach is considered one of Norfolk’s finest beaches, long and sandy with safe swimming at low tide and all the amenities and charm of a popular seaside resort. The beach is backed by a promenade lined with colourful beach huts.
  • Overstrand (5 miles), once the estate of Lord Battersea, has sandy beaches and many buildings designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
  • The charming seaside resort of Cromer (5.5 Miles) boasts a thriving pier with the only end of pier theatre in England. Cromer is a traditional Victorian seaside resort, with a sand and shingle beach popular for swimming and surfing.
  • The village of Happisburgh (10 miles) famed for its independent lighthouse and, sadly, houses falling into the sea.
  • Sea Palling (20 miles) popular for wind surfing and its beautiful beach. The excellent sandy beach is the result of nine offshore reefs created as part of a flood defense scheme. Good for swimming. Boat-launching facilities.
  • For seal watching walk amongst the dunes at Horsey Beach (22 miles) or take a boat from Blakeney (19 miles).
  • Holkham Beach and nature reserve (26 miles).

Mundesley, Cromer and Sheringham all have RNLI life guards in high season and year round RNLI life boat / in-shore rescue services.