Best Beaches in North Norfolk

Best Beaches in North Norfolk

Our Favourite Norfolk Beaches Close to Deer's Glade

Being so close to the North Norfolk coast, guests have the pick of so many lovely beaches when visiting us. We’ve outlined some of the best bits of just a select few. There are plenty more we’d recommend too but these are currently our favourites and best of all they are close by.

So far this summer the British weather hasn’t been at its best, but we’re still hopeful for some sunny days to enjoy the close by Norfolk coast and its beaches when guests come to visit.  Here are our closest blue flag beaches for a great family day out. Each is just a short drive. Perfect if you have some excitable children eager to start building sand castles and jumping the shoreline waves.

Overstrand Beach (6 miles) | Blue Flag

First, let’s talk about Overstrand. You’ll find it approximately six miles away from the Deer’s Glade holiday park. 

The beach is sandy during low tide. Just check tide times when visiting. There is a car park with public toilets and access via a gradual sloping path. There’s also access at Overstand to the coastal circular walk or the Norfolk Coast Path. Plus the village has a shop, post office a couple of pubs and a clifftop cafe.

No dogs are allowed along the central promenade section of the beach between 1st May - 30th September. See directions.

Cromer Beach (6.5 miles) | Blue Flag

If you’re looking for a beach with a little more life and with a bit more ‘bustle’, Cromer Beach is great. Just over six miles from our holiday park, so again, not far to travel.

A traditional seaside town still with its Victorian appeal, the beach is a mix of sand and shingle, perfect for the usual seaside activities. It is also great for rock pooling at low tide and you’ll find some great spots for crabbing including Cromer Pier. Several local shops will have the equipment you need if you fancy having a go. 

Parking is available at the cliff-top car park and there are plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants, including some great fish and chip shops all in easy walking distance.

Dog restrictions apply between the 1st May - 30th September. See directions.

West Runton (8.5 miles) | Blue Flag

You’ll find West Runton Beach a little further along the coastal road between Cromer and Sheringham. During low tide, you’ll be able to enjoy the golden sand and numerous rock pools.

West Runton is famous for its cliffs which house lots of fossils and even a fossilized steppe mammoth. The rock pools which are part of the chalk cliffs provide great fun for grownups and children. You’ll find many species including winkle, shore crab, prawns, beadlet anemones, the common hermit crab, and lots more. We’d recommend appropriate rock-pooling beach shoes.

There is a car park and public toilets, the lovely Seaview Cafe, The Shack, Cabin, and the Shed which are community pop-up craft stalls. There’s also a small fossil museum and not forgetting Doug the Dino, part of the GoGo Trails around Norfolk from 2022.

You’ll find during the busy months in the summer the RNLI lifeguards are on hand between 10am and 6pm. 

Dogs are allowed on the beach but only in designated areas in the Summer. They are banned to the east of the slipway from 1st May - 30th September. See directions.

Mundsley (9 miles) | Blue Flag

Mundsley Beach is approximately nine miles away from our holiday park. It’s a beautiful long sandy beach with all the amenities you’d expect from a seaside resort. Positioned towards the southeast from Cromer, Mundsley includes a backdrop of colourful beach huts and a promenade. 

Great for children for all the classic beach activities whether it be building sandcastles, burying dad, swimming, or paddling in the sea. You’ll find during the busy months in the summer the RNLI lifeguards are also on hand.

Parking is available nearby along with public toilets, a cafe, and even a hire shop where you can hire windbreakers and parasols. The beach can be accessed by steps down the cliffs.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but only in designated areas in the Summer from 1st May - 30th September. Dogs can walk the promenade which provides a lovely walk all the way to Trimingham. See directions.

Sea Palling (17 miles) | Blue Flag

Sea Palling, as well as being a lovely beach, is also a lovely village to visit. Slightly further to drive at approximately seventeen miles, but worth it for a full beach day. 

The beach is long and sandy with man-made coastal defense reefs well positioned out at sea to create a bay for safe calm waters. A bonus is the waters are regularly visited by seals from the nearby Horsey seal colony. 

The car park is a short walk from the beach with public toilets, amusements, and cafes along the way. This is by no means an overly touristy resort, instead it has a good balance for a nice family day out.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but in the Summer months are only allowed to the east. They are banned from the main beach from 1st May - 30th September. See directions.

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