North Norfolk Beaches

North Norfolk has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.  Many of the beaches are within a ten to 15 miles of drive of Cranmer Country Cottages. Whether you’re looking for a whole day on the beach or simply a morning or afternoon you can go as you please and experience breath-taking walks, a picnic in the dunes or simply family sandcastle building in the sun.


9.2 miles from Cranmer

This is a great sandy beach that stretches for miles with beach huts, pools for paddling and endless sandy stretches for long walks. Best to park at Pinewoods Caravan Park. On cooler days warm up with coffee or famous hot chocolate & snacks from the Wells beach café.


10.3 miles from Cranmer

Holkham has a really dramatic sandy beach great for solitude seekers and fringed with pine trees with film connections – it featured in Shakespeare in Love. Park your car on Lady Anne’s Drive opposite the Victoria Hotel or walk from Burnham Overy or Wells.  Alternatively, take the ferry out to the beautiful Scolt head island, an ideal place for a pic-nic – check the tide times first!

Brancaster Family Friendly Beach

12.4 miles from Cranmer

Though this beach is less dramatic than Holkham it’s more family friendly, as the tide doesn’t go out too far.  Parking is adjacent to Brancaster beach. Follow your visit to Brancaster with a visit to the White Horse pub & restaurant and watch the sun go down across the marshes. (Child-friendly it is advisable to book at weekends and in season).

Hunstanton Beach

18 miles from Cranmer

The beach and cliffs face west giving perfect spots for viewing spectacular sunsets. When the tide is out there are plenty of rock pools around the groynes. Dog friendly beach area. Classic breakfast at the dog-friendly Lighthouse café in Old Hunstanton overlooking the sea. Alternatively, you’ll find great coffee and vegan options at the Old Town Beach Café next door to the Lifeboat station.

Thornham Beach

16.4 miles from Cranmer

“Remote, quiet and out-of-the-way”.  Thornham beach is probably the most remote beach in North Norfolk and perfect for lovers of privacy and seclusion.  Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beach requires a walk of just over half a mile in order to reach it, and this is what makes it so special.

Holme Beach

18 .7 miles from Cranmer

A little-known stretch of sandy coastline that is perfect on a hot summer’s day when you want to escape the masses. Located through Hunstanton Golf Course you can walk for miles to Hunstanton or Thornham on white sand.

Image copyright Richard Osborne for Norfolk wildlife trust

Sheringham Beach

22 miles from Cranmer

Sheringham beach has blue Flag status and is a stony beach but at low tide there’s lots of sand and great rock pools when the tide goes out. Check the tide times before you visit.  It’s ideal for families, however, it is slightly tricky if you’ve got a buggy, because getting down to the beach isn’t very easy across the pebbles, and there are WC’s and showers on the promenade, which is always useful to know!

Cromer Beach

25 miles from Cranmer

Cromer beach was once part of the Victorian seaside resort of Cromer. Cromer beach still boasts a pier! The distance is worth the effort for a day out. You can eat fish and chips at the fantastic No. 1 fish and chip shop overlooking the sea and the pier. There is also the lifeboat station and the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum if the weather isn’t too good.

West Runton Beach

23 miles from Cranmer

A superb spot for rock pooling at any time of the year.  The water tends to be warmest in September.  West Runton beach is a great place to explore wildlife and is famous for its incredible fossil finds including the West Runton mammouth. At low tide the flint rockpools and their residents are exposed giving visitors a chance to get a real glimpse of marine life. There is an excellent café and an exhibitions detailing the importance of The Deep History Coast project.

Cley-next-the-Sea Beach

18.4 miles from Cranmer

This is a quiet, pebbly beach with stunning views to either side. Great for nature walks or beach angling. Peaceful all year round. There is good swimming at high tide.

The Norfolk Coast Path

The Norfolk Coast Path runs from Hunstanton in west Norfolk round to Sea Palling on the north east Norfolk coast. The majority of this walking trail runs through the dramatic landscape of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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