Eight beaches you can take your dogs to in Norfolk this summer

Wesley the miniature schnauzer enjoying the beach at Overstrand.

Wesley the miniature schnauzer enjoying the beach at Overstrand. - Credit: Archant

With the summer months upon dog owners can be concerned that the beaches will now be shut to their four legged friends due to the tourist season. This is not the case in Norfolk and here are eight of the best beaches in the county to take your dog this summer.

Wesley the miniature schnauzer enjoying the beach at Overstrand.

Wesley the miniature schnauzer enjoying the beach at Overstrand. - Credit: Archant


Once voted as the most dog friendly beach in the country, there is only a small dog restricted area in the summer which is to the right of the main car park.

Otherwise there are miles and miles of sandy beach and when the tide is out you can take your dog out towards the sea and not disturb the people in their beach huts.


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With miles of sandy beach and dogs welcome all year round this is an ideal place to bring your pet for a good long walk. It is mostly a sandy beach

backed by dunes for your dog to explore.

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It is also home to the Caister Lifeboat Station which is situated next to the car park and has a visitors centre.

•Old Hunstanton

In the summer there are restrictions on the main Hunstanton beach and dogs are not permitted from the power ramp to the northern extremity of the Promenade. But dogs are allowed the enjoy the sands and the shallow waters of Old Hunstanton Beach all year round which is just to the north of the main beach.

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There is plenty of parking available and when the tide is out you and your four legged friend can walk all the way along the famous cliffs.


This beach is free for dogs to roam on all year round with miles of sandy beaches and a host of sand dunes to explore.

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Until August you do need to keep your dogs on a short lead due to birds such as nightjars, skylarks and little terns using it as a nesting ground.


It may be famous for its appearance in the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love but this North Norfolk beach is also perfect for dogs to explore with its maze of creeks and miles of dunes and sandpits.

There are no restrictions on bringing your dog to the beach but if you are walking within the pine forest and dunes it is advised to be watchful of nesting birds.

•Great Yarmouth

Until September dogs are banned between Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier but there are still lots of areas of this famous Norfolk seaside town to keep your pooch occupied.

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Dogs are welcome all year round on the north and south beaches which are usually a lot quieter during the summer months meaning there is lots of space for your dog to run around.


This mainly shingle beach welcomes dogs all year round. If you find it difficult to walk on the stoney beach there is a more sheltered grassy sandy walk just over the dunes.

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To the west of the beach is the RSPB Snettisham Nature Reserve which you can walk along but it is best to keep your dog on a lead.

•West Runton

During the summer months there is a small restriction on dogs by the main spliway but once you are past this there is miles of interesting sand, cliffs and rock pools to explore.

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The North Norfolk beach is famous for its fossil collecting but with the vast amounts of cliffs it is important to check when the tide comes in.

•Where is your favourite beach to take your dog in the summer? Let us know by commenting below.

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