Top Norfolk Beaches

Posted 07/11/2019

Did you know north Norfolk has the best beaches in England? We are home to six Blue Flag beaches (East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham) all in the top tier of English beaches in the UK and not far from Woodland Holiday Park. The Blue Flag means these north Norfolk beaches have the highest quality of water, facilities and management, with excellent levels of cleanliness and safety.


Nature-rich Holkham has white sands with dunes and pinewoods, the setting for many films. The vast sands are ideal for long walks and fun days out. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.


Not far from Holkham you'll find award-winning, dog-friendly Wells-next-the-Sea which is also part of the coastal nature reserve. If you walk through the pretty pinewoods, you’ll reach a stunning sandy beach, with its back drop of colourful beach huts. From here, you can walk to Holkham beach by the two-mile pine walk, part of the Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way. There’s also the main beach car park with an excellent café to stop off for a warming drink after a bracing walk.


Hunstanton has dramatic sunsets as its beach faces west making it one of the sunniest resorts in Norfolk. Hunstanton (or Sunny Hunny!) is a pretty Victorian resort, and is famous for its striped cliffs. The large sandy beach is ideal for families with rock pools to explore and is a great spot for kite-surfing.


Three miles along the coast is Heacham. The north and south beaches face west and look out to a huge 20-mile bay, a perfect area to see impressive sunsets.


Head east along the coast from Heacham and you'll come to beautiful Brancaster. The beach has miles of golden sand and is great for dog walking; nearby are the tidal salt marshes of Scolt Head. When the tide is out you can see an old shipwreck, the remains of SS Vina, which was used by the RAF for target practice before the Normandy landing.


This Blue Flag beach is set in a traditional seaside resort with picturesque wooded areas to the north with views over the sea. When the tide is out, the sands and rock pools of this pebbly beach are revealed, making it perfect for exploring.


Just along the coast from Sheringham is Blue Flag beach Cromer with its famous Victorian Pier. Here, we’d recommend watching the fishing boats out at sea catching the famous Cromer crab, or even having a go at crabbing yourself. Close to the shore you will find the Cromer Shoals Chalk Bed, created when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The reef is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and you can see it by swimming out and snorkelling.

West Runton and East Runton

Both West and East Runton are Blue Flag beaches. The beach at West Runton is part of the Deep History Coast and is great for fossil hunting. The cliffs are where the West Runton mammoth bones were discovered - the largest and oldest mammoth skeleton ever found.

Sea Palling

One of the most eastern beaches on the north Norfolk coast is Blue Flag beach Sea Palling. It’s a wide sandy beach with shallow bays formed by man-made offshore reefs.


This is a charming family-friendly resort with a beach backed by cliffs and pretty, colourful beach huts. The beach is flat, offering great walks during the Autumn and Winter.


These beautiful north Norfolk beaches can be enjoyed all year round, whether that be alone, with family or with your favourite furry friend. Woodland Holiday Park is within close distance of these beaches, giving you the chance to pay them a visit during your stay. For more information about Woodland Holiday Park and to book your stay call 01263 223042 or email

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