Dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk

Beaches, Days out, Pet friendly



If there's one thing to love about Norfolk, it's the untouched golden sands which stretch for miles,perfect for walking your four-legged friends. The question is, where are dogs allowed to go? While many beaches operate dog restrictions, especially in the summer, there are still plenty of absolutely beautiful beaches where you and walk for miles, and you'll just want to keep exploring.


Old Hunstanton (nr. Hunstanton)

Probably one of the best dog-walking beaches in Norfolk, Old Hunstanton remains dog friendly while its busier neighbour, Hunstanton beach operates a seasonal dog ban. That’s okay though, Old Hunstanton is less popular for crowds of tourists so you’ll find plenty of space for your pooch to run around. The stretch of golden sand is very inviting; once you start walking you’ll just want to keep going and with less people using the beach, it’s ideal if you’re looking for some time to yourself. If you don’t have time for a long stroll but need to tire your pooch out, there will be so much space around you, simply standing still and throwing a ball in different directions should do the trick!


Holme-next-the-Sea (nr. Hunstanton)

Just around the corner to the south of Old Hunstanton is another beautiful dog-friendly beach, this time one that even less people know about, or if they do, don’t visit. Due to its slightly more secluded position and lack of facilities less people opt for a beach day here, which is great for dog walkers! In one direction you’ll see as far as the lighthouse and in the other, just sea and sand. Backed by the Holme Dunes Nature Reserve, it’s a very picturesque spot. If you’re looking for long walks, somewhere peaceful to relax or you’re in favour of a day on the beach with the family and aren’t bothered by the lack of facilities, this is the beach for you.



Another beach which could see you walking for miles. As part of the Holkham estate, a visit to the beach could be included in a fun-filled family day out which your four-legged family member can enjoy too. If it’s a decent walk you’re after you can head east all the way to Wells-next-the-Sea or west to Burnham Overy Staithe, or spend some time wandering the well-worn paths in and out of the sand dunes and pine forests of the estate. This is a truly stunning beach which we guarantee will not disappoint you or your pooch!




Is well known for being home to the oldest working lighthouse in Britain, the red candy striped tower which is open to the public. The beach itself is another example of Norfolk’s coastal gems. Like many of the region’s beaches, you can walk for absolutely miles with your pooch – if you’re looking for a long jaunt you could walk for six miles along the sand to Sea Palling. On a sunny day, take a picnic with you and make the most of the glorious stretch of sand.



Slightly busier than some of Norfolk’s dog-friendly beaches but still offering loads of space, it’s another top choice for dog walking. With miles of sand to explore in either direction, it’s an ideal location to let you pet feel the sand between his paws.  You dog will love running in and out of Winterton dunes too, a sea of sandy mounds which stretch for miles. Winterton-on-Sea does get busy during the summer months, but due to the vast amount of space it never feels crowded!



With no facilities or designated car parks, Waxham Beach is well and truly a hidden gem, shaded by trees and rolling sand dunes. The soft sand makes for the ideal location for your pet to stretch his legs! Like most of Norfolk’s beaches, the sand extends for miles in front of you and as a very popular dog walking beach, it’s the ideal spot for you and your pooch to make some new friends. It's situated halfway between Happisburgh and Winterton-on-Sea.

There’s no arguing, that Norfolk is absolutely packed with beaches that could be mistaken for that of exotic countries. If these stunning stretches of golden sand have enticed you to visit the Norfolk coast, then make sure you check out our fantastic selection of dog-friendly cottages in Norfolk.


Snettisham Beach

A real Norfolk gem, this long sandy beach is not only completely dog-friendly with miles of space for your pooch to stretch their legs, but it is always a good choice for couples. Set deep in Norfolk’s sunset coastline, here you can soak up the most breathtaking sunsets while lying back against the sand dunes or paddling your feet in the water. The beach is actually around two and half miles from the village of Snettisham which doesn’t make it the most accessible beach, but for some this is where the appeal lies. As for dog walkers, it makes for a perfect half-way point.


Great Yarmouth North and South

Great Yarmouth is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Norfolk so it’s understandably a hub of activity. With this in mind it’s not difficult to see why dogs are banned on the main Great Yarmouth beach but don’t worry, both Great Yarmouth North and South are dog-friendly throughout the year! The great thing about Yarmouth is that it has retained much of its seaside charm and if you hate to leave your pooch at home, you can be sure that you can still all enjoy Great Yarmouth together – you just need to avoid the main beach!


Dog Spot beach guide app

Whether you’re heading to Norfolk or somewhere else in the UK, make sure you download our new dog-friendly beach app to find beaches where you can take your dog too, plus essential information, the quickest route and the weather!


Posted by Sarah on 8th May 2017