Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk

Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk

North Norfolk is one of the most dog friendly locations in the UK. The long stretches of beautiful coastline encourage many people to the area, and are great places for responsible dog owners and their pets to walk and play all year round. We recommend you visit one of these beautiful beaches when staying in one of our luxury North Norfolk holiday cottages.

As a nation of animal lovers, many of us own dogs and love to take them with us on days out, a perfect place to take your dog is to one of North Norfolk’s stunning beaches. Even though the area is dog friendly, there are certain restrictions throughout the year to protect the local nesting wildlife. Rules and regulations around allowing dogs on the beach vary in each area, we’ve put together our favourite dog friendly beaches in North Norfolk which helps to make the choice of which one to visit a little easier.


If your four-legged friend loves to run, we highly recommend Brancaster. With miles upon miles of beaches, there’s plenty of space to run, play and release some of that pent-up energy. Brancaster also has a vast amount of shallow water, which is perfect for our smaller friends and those who like to get their paws wet.

Brancaster does have a designated dog-free zone enforced from May to September. This area is located to the left of the beach entrance and is clearly signposted, and requests that dogs be kept on a lead nearby to reduce the risk of disturbing protected nesting birds. The remaining areas of the beach are available for you and your furry friend to enjoy.

Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk
Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk

Sea Palling

Located between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, the fine sand of Sea Palling attracts many visitors all year round. The beach features golden sands which stretch for miles in either direction providing a perfect location for a long stroll. The Blue Flag rated beach means the water quality is great for a paddle and cooling down on warmer days. Many of the facilities towards the centre of Sea Palling are also dog friendly and offer water bowls and treats.

Between 1st May and 30th September there are dog restrictions in place which exclude areas of the beach and require dogs to be walked on a lead if they are walking on the promenade. However, if you head East on the beach towards Waxham, this area is completely dog friendly.

Old Hunstanton

Unlike Hunstanton which is a promenade beach with lots of attractions, Old Hunstanton is a tranquil escape, with sand as far as the eye can see. This is the only part of Norfolk which faces West, even though it is located on the East Coast of England. This makes Old Hunstanton the perfect place to view stunning sunsets whilst walking your four-legged friend in the cooler parts of the evening.

Even during the height of summer the beach still has plenty of space for you to be able to enjoy walks away from the crowds. This beach is dog friendly all year round so no matter the season or the weather, you can get some fresh sea air in your lungs and sand between your toes and paws.

The café close to the entrance of the beach provides a great place to grab a snack for yourselves and a treat for your dog after a long day exploring.

Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk
Dog Friendly Beaches in North Norfolk


Weybourne is a great place for a walk no matter the season and is dog friendly all year round, unlike the neighbouring seaside town of Sheringham. The pebble beach has lots of different nooks and crannies to sniff and explore, which is perfect for those dogs who love to follow their nose.

A half mile walk into the village will result in you finding a dog friendly pub to refresh and relax in, or warm up in if you have ventured out during the winter.

Burnham Overy Staithe

Forming part of Holkham National Nature reserve, Burnham Overy Staithe is a lengthy walk which travels through the dunes. There is a long walk from the car park to the beach, which is just over a mile, so this may not be very suitable for more senior dogs. The beach is secluded with great views of the coast, perfect for spending quality time playing together. However, on the walk to the beach there is an area which cuts through the water meadows which is a haven for wildlife, through this area, where possible, dogs should be kept on a lead and under control.

As you can see there are many lovely beaches to take your dog with you on a day out. The wide stretches of beaches that meet blue skies and beautiful countryside which is unique to Norfolk, is a canine’s idea of paradise for exploring. If you are thinking of staying in the area, take a look at our dog-friendly holiday cottages which are located just a short drive away from all of these beaches.

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