Five of Norfolk's best water spots to visit this summer

The Wells lifeboat wants people to be more aware of the hidden dangers when visiting the beach. Pict

Wells with its beautiful beach huts Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

As the weather finally starts to improve, many will be looking to make a trip to the seaside or have a stroll around lakes and rivers to cool down, but where are the best places to visit in Norfolk and Waveney?

Wells beach


Wonderful Wells-next-the-Sea. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY

There's nothing quite like a visit to Wells, take a stroll around the town harbour before hopping on the Wells Harbour Railway to head for the beach and soak up some sun.

The town itself has plenty of unique independent shops and beautiful historic buildings, with some of the best fish and chips in the county on offer for those feeling peckish.

River Ant and Barton Broad

Barton Broad - Its tranquil setting makes Lynn Utting happy. Picture: LYNN UTTING

Barton Broad - Its tranquil setting makes Lynn Utting happy. Picture: LYNN UTTING - Credit: Lynn Utting

This peaceful narrow river is popular among those looking for a boating trip, with many towns situated on its banks to stop off at and visit.

The river widens into Barton Broad, the county's second largest, where sailing regattas are regularly held.

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River Bure, Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad

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The bridge over the River Bure at Wroxham/Hoveton. Why shouldn't the world's leaders be treated to a trip on the world famous Broads? - Credit: Denise Bradley

One of the region's most popular water spots among tourists, the area is perfect for those with children, with the opportunity for a boat trip at Hoveton or a visit to the beautiful riverbanks of Salhouse.

There are also a great deal of riverside pubs on this stretch of water, such as the Rising Sun at Coltishall or the King's Head at Hoveton.

Cromer beach

Cromer Pier but visitors from high coronavirus rate areas are not being encouraged.
Picture: Brita

Cromer Pier. - Credit: Archant

Probably north Norfolk's most popular tourist spot, with a traditional pier, long stretching beach and Cromer Museum, where the town's seafaring history can be uncovered.

Its busy town centre is perfect for those with children, with plenty to do including arcades, shops and some great fish and chip shops.

Sheringham beach

Sheringham beach. February weather

Sheringham beach from the cliff-top: Dale Creasey - Credit: Dale Creasey

For those looking for a more relaxing alternative to Cromer, Sheringham's rows of traditional seaside independent shops lead to glorious sandy beaches.

Sheringham also has its own museum at The Mo, which currently has a world renowned collection of Dutch fishing ganseys on display. 

Stay Safe

In order to encourage visitors enjoy the water in a safe and responsible manor this newspaper has launched the Play It Safe campaign.

Anyone who gets into trouble in water is urged to follow the RNLI's Float To Live advice.

The advice is split into five points, they are:

  • Fight your instinct to thrash around
  • Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  • If you need to, gently move your arms and legs to help you float
  • Float until you can control your breathing
  • Only then call for help or swim to safety

The life saving charity says those visiting the water should be aware of the dangers and not take risks.

It says members of the public should keep their phones charged up so they can call for help and always remain in groups when going into the water.

More water safety information is available on the RNLI website and visit to watch a video on beach safety.