Published: 20/09/2019Until now. Norfolk has its fair share of awe-inspiring coastline, and its beaches are often voted some of the best in the country. From traditional resorts to deserted miles of tufted dunes, you’re spoilt for choice. Holkham, Wells and Hunstanton often feature as people’s top picks, but with 84 miles of oceanfront, there are some gems which are yet to be discovered by the masses. Can you keep our secrets safe?
Access to this remote stretch of sand is very limited, which is part of its charm as few bother to make the effort to this secluded spot. Park up in Mundesley, grab an ice cream, bucket and spade, then head north west along the beach and feel smug as you leave the people behind. You will often have the sand to yourself and as it is part of the Deep History Coast, you may well uncover fossils and sea stones.
If arcades, shops and sand aren’t your thing, this could be the beach for you. If you dream instead of a stretch of steep shingle where the soothing sound of the lapping waves rushes through the pebbles, then head to Weybourne. It is clandestine enough to once be frequented by smugglers and the deep waters, perfect for a shore swim, were considered a possible site for invasion, hence the secrecy!
Scolt Head Island
Only reached by low tide, either by walking from Burnham Overy Staithe or by ferry in the summer, Scolt Head Island is a true desert island. The four-mile-long sandbar is a designated National Nature Reserve and is mainly made up of soft dunes, sea grass, salt marsh, mud flats and pure white, wide sandy beaches. It’s perfect for a quite walk or swim, and fantastic for spotting breeding terns, teals and curlews.
Located where The Wash meets the North Sea, this beach is home to Holme Dunes Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife and migratory birds. It is also the location of the discovery of Seahenge, a bronze age wooden circle, which can now be seen in Lynn Museum. The golden sands of Holme are the perfect place for a classic bucket and spade afternoon, before heading to the village pub.
Bob Hall Sands
Very few locals have ever heard of this stretch of coast. Nestled among the salt marshes near Wells-next-the-Sea, a thorough knowledge of the tides is required as there’s only a three-hour window each side of high tide where the marshes are navigable. Once passed the dunes, the sea is revealed. The beach is deserted except in winter when pink-footed geese roost here.