Norfolk's beaches are known as some of the best in the country, but some are more well-trodden than others.

If you'd rather share your beach trip with wildlife and the sound of waves than angry seagulls and picnic-stealing dogs, here are seven of the quietest beaches in Norfolk. 

1. Old Hunstanton

Eastern Daily Press: The secluded cliffs at Old HunstantonThe secluded cliffs at Old Hunstanton

While people often choose to favour Hunstanton, if you go further down the coast you can visit this local gem.

Old Hunstanton has plenty of sand for you spread out in the height of summer and relax in the sun. 

Clifftop walks can be enjoyed past the Old Hunstanton lighthouse and the ruins of St Edmunds Chapel, built in 1272. 

2. Trimingham

Eastern Daily Press: The Cliffs at TriminghamThe Cliffs at Trimingham (Image: Si JGC)

It may be hard to reach, but if you make the effort Trimingham is one of Norfolk's best-kept secrets.

The unspoilt beach is an hour from Mundesley if you head off north West from the village.

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Visitors will need to visit Trimingham at low tide and avoid walking along the crumbling cliffs, which provide a magnificent view from the beach. Due to its remoteness, Trimingham is one of the best places in Norfolk to find fossils.

3. Stiffkey

Eastern Daily Press: A view across the Stiffkey marshesA view across the Stiffkey marshes (Image: (c) copyright

For those wanting a relaxing alternative to Cromer, a visit to Stiffkey is ideal.

The village is known for its salt marshes, which attract a host of wildlife that can be seen while on a coastal walk.

Visitors can still make use of Cromer's bars and restaurants, with the Red Lion being an unmissable spot.

4. Snettisham

Eastern Daily Press: The RSPB Nature Reserve at Snettisham, which is part of The WashThe RSPB Nature Reserve at Snettisham, which is part of The Wash (Image: Matthew Usher)

Snettisham is a sand and shingle beach near King's Lynn, and due to its west-facing nature, it has been dubbed as the best place to see sunsets in the county.

This beach has also been featured in the latest series of David Attenborough's Wild Isles, with a spotlight on the RSPB reserve here.

The extensive sand and mud flats are frequented by various wading birds such as avocets and knots.

5. Overstrand

Eastern Daily Press: Overstrand beach, with Cromer Pier shown in the backgroundOverstrand beach, with Cromer Pier shown in the background

Close to Cromer, Overstrand offers a more peaceful experience for visitors.

A coastal walk can be enjoyed starting from the village car park, travelling along the clifftop through the Royal Cromer Golf Course.

The village boasts a pub and the dog-friendly Cliff Top Cafe to enjoy a refreshment.

6. Waxham

Eastern Daily Press: Sunset at Waxham SandsSunset at Waxham Sands (Image: (c) copyright

Waxham's holiday camp is a favourite of both tourists and Norfolk natives. 

The beach is hidden away behind trees and sand dunes and whilst there is no car park or amenities nearby, it brings a sense of peace and tranquillity that is unmatched by any other Norfolk coastal destination.

The beach has vast stretches of soft sand and in the winter months, it is a great place for seal spotting - from a distance.

7. Cart Gap Beach

Eastern Daily Press: Cart Gap beach near HappisburghCart Gap beach near Happisburgh (Image: Archant Norfolk 2015)

Sandwiched between Happisburgh and Sea Palling, this sandy beach is a well-kept secret of Norfolk locals.

Access to the beach is found via a ramp, and can only be visited on foot. There is also another entrance at the end of narrow Cart Gap Road.

Although remote, there is a small cafe and tea room with a great selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals.