Dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk

NORFOLK has a wide range of beautiful beaches that are dog-friendly from Blakeney Point to Old Hunstanton.

However, you need to check if there are any restrictions in place before you head off to the seaside.

What beaches can I take my dog to in Norfolk?

  • Bacton Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from May to September)
  • Blakeney Point (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from April to August)
  • Brancaster Beach (dog free zone to the left of the entrance from May to September)
  • Caister-on-Sea Beach
  • California Beach
  • Cart Gap Beach, Norwich (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Cley Beach
  • East Runton Beach
  • Gorleston-on-Sea Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Great Yarmouth Beach (dog restrictions from June to September)
  • Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
  • Happisburgh Beach
  • Heacham South Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead from April to August)
  • Hemsby Beach (dog restrictions on the main part of the beach from May to September)
  • Holme-next-the-Sea Beach
  • Horsey Beach (dogs to be kept away from the seals during the summer months and banned during the winter months)
  • Hunstanton South Beach (dog restrictions during the summer months)
  • Mundesley Beach (dog restrictions on the Promenade section of the beach from May to September)
  • Old Hunstanton Beach
  • Overstrand Beach (dog restrictions on the main beach from May to September)
  • Scratby Beach
  • Sea Palling Beach (dog restrictions south of the lighthouse during the summer)
  • Sheringham Beach (dog restrictions during the summer months(
  • Snettisham Beach (dogs must be kept on a lead from April to August)
  • Titchwell Beach (dogs must be kept on leads and only allowed on the West Bank)
  • Trimingham Beach
  • Walcott Beach (dog restrictions between the main groynes from May to September and dogs to be kept on a lead from March to August)
  • Waxham Beach
  • Wells Next The Sea Beach (dog free zone for the first 200 yards from the main entrance)
  • West Runton Beach (dog restrictions on part of the beach during the summer months)
  • Weybourne Beach
  • Winterton Beach, Winterton-on-Sea
Weybourne beach in Norfolk is a popular spot for fishing (Credit: John Mason/Flickr)

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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