Dogs on Norfolk beaches

Just take a look at these beautiful dog-friendly beaches...

Dogs love Norfolk - and the reason is simple. We've got miles and miles of long sandy beaches, acres of forests and breckland, lots of dog friendly pubs and restaurants and plenty of accommodation where you'll find your canine chum is just as welcome as you are.

So there's no need to pack the pooch away in a kennel, let him or her get a real taste of the outdoor life on an active dog friendly holiday in Norfolk.

Dogs are welcome on many Norfolk beaches year round, and Norfolk has superb beaches on both its north coast and its east. Check out which ones you want to explore.

There are two ways you can help keep the coast dog-friendly, and enjoy the wonderful wide open spaces with your pooch.

Firstly, find out about and observe the rules at the few beaches where dogs aren't allowed in spring and summer.

West Norfolk

North Norfolk (from Wells to Sea Palling)

East Norfolk

Secondly, because the coast is home to globally important bird species - like the little tern, Europe's rarest breeding seabird – be aware and share the coast carefully.

Coastal birds are most vulnerable at two key times: some species when they are nesting on beaches; and others when, as part of migration, they are spending winter on the coast.

Some areas which are important for birds have extra bans on dogs, or require them to be kept on a lead, at certain times of the year or in specified zones. For example, at Winterton reserve, from March to August, ground nesting birds like nightjars, skylarks, ringed plover and little terns are nesting on the reserve and are vulnerable to disturbance. For this reason, it is requested that dogs are kept on short leads during these months.

As well as looking out for and observing these restrictions, please:

In the breeding season (April to July)

  • Avoid shingly areas near the top of beaches.
  • Avoid groups of terns and protective rope and stake cordons.
  • Don't approach too closely. Watch from a distance and avoid disturbing the birds.
  • Keep dogs on a lead near any colonies or likely nesting areas.
  • Keep a sharp eye out for small waders with chicks on the beach and give them a wide berth.
  • Help to inform others.

In the migration and wintering season (August to March)

  • Avoid disturbing flocks of waders and wildfowl on beaches or marshes - keep dogs on a lead or under close control if necessary.
  • Help to inform others.

Find out more about how you can help our coastal birds here.


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