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Best Hidden Beaches in Norfolk to escape the crowds

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track locations beaches across Norfolk.


For those wanting a bit of peace and quiet in Norfolk, sometimes it can be difficult to find a secluded beach (especially during the summer months!). However, if you look hard enough you'll find plenty of secluded beaches waiting to be explored! Those long stretches of sand won't wait forever!


In this article, we share 10 hidden beaches in Norfolk which you need to add to your Norfolk bucket list this year to escape the crowds. We hope you enjoy!




1) Horsey Beach


For all you seal lovers, Horsey Beach should be at the very top of beaches to visit in the whole of the UK! There has been loads of sightings of seals swimming offshore near the beach; remember not to get close to these seals. Apart from that, this beach is perfect for those looking for a secluded beach in Norfolk.



2) Cart Gap Beach


A secluded dog-friendly beach which is pretty empty except other dog walkers. It's a lovely long sandy beach and is perfect for those that love a good swim! We recommend arriving when the tide is not high.



3) Bacton Beach


A wide open beautiful sandy beach which stays pretty pleasant most of the time. Part of the beach is restricted to dogs, however most of the beach allows them to come off the lead. It's usually quiet whenever you visit so you'll almost have the whole beach to yourself!




4) Overstrand Beach


Visitors will enjoy dramatic cliff backdrops and an easy access to coastal paths when they visit Overstrand Beach. When the tide is in, it is fantastic for swimming, however there are no lifeguards present so please follow safety codes for swimming.



5) East Runton Beach


A fantastic beach which is full of lovely fossils and stones. For rock lovers, try and go when it's low tide to see some amazing rock formations. However, please be careful of the cliffs as there are regular rockfalls and collapses. There are also nice rock pools to explore.



6) Winterton Beach


An absolute gorgeous beach which is heaven for all you dog lovers. If you're lucky, you may even see some seals floating about! Remember not to get close to them though, simply admire from a distance.




7) Weybourne Beach


An excellent quite beach, however there isn't much sand so we don't recommend visiting with children as they may get bored. Fishing fans will love this beach though as it's a great spot to wet a line!



8) Salthouse Beach


Visitors can admire spectacular vistas of the marshes and North Norfolk coast line, making it a top beach experience! It's a beautiful long beach with small pockets of sand exposed at low tide.




9) Burnham Overy Staithe Beach


If you enjoy quiet, peace and just the sound of birds with the wind blowing in the rigging, then this beach is for you. We definitely recommend walking along the coastal footpath to the beach.



10) Heacham South Beach


A hidden gem of a beach which is fantastic in the summer and just as good in the winter. It's quiet and unspoilt, and hasn't changed much in the last 50 years.



We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known beaches which are scattered around Norfolk. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Norfolk trip even more memorable!


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