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Holkham Beach

Pinewoods, salt and freshwater marshes, sand dunes. With its vast and spectacular coastline this is an excellent place to relax, watch the tide ebb and flow, the migrating birds or a wonderful Norfolk sunset – Holkham has something to satisfy everyone.

Walk details

Length of walk: Waymarked from beach entrance as 250 yards and half a mile to viewing platforms

Location: North Norfolk coast between Wells and the Burnhams

Map Ref: TF 891447 Postcode: NR23 1AB (for Hall)

Getting there: Holkham is on A149 coast road two miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea, beach is accessed via Lady Anne’s Drive opposite the Victoria Inn

By public transport: Coasthopper stops at entrance serving the village businesses, beach and the hall, Coasthopper connects with nearest train station at Sheringham

By cycling or walking: Norfolk Coast Cycleway passes along the south of Holkham estate with a dedicated loop to the beach and Wells; Norfolk Coast Path passes along beach between Burnham Overy and Wells

Site owned/managed by Holkham Estate: tel. 01328 710227

Information boards at entrances to Lady Ann’s Drive and beach.


Toilets: At The Lookout visitor centre at northern end of Lady Anne’s Drive car park. Also disabled and baby changing at Wells Beach about 1 mile through pinewoods to east.

Hire equipment available to borrow: None for beach

Wheelchair access: Disabled parking closest to beach, two waymarked walks with viewpoints and one viewing hide wheelchair accessible

For families: Sandy beach and pinewoods to explore

Dogs: On a lead or under close control on Holkham Beach, additional restrictions at Wells Beach

Access for all route

Start & Finish: From car park

Distance(s): Waymarked as 250 yards and half a mile to viewing platforms

Accessibility: Both routes and viewing platforms along with the hide were originally installed as part of a disabled access initiative in 2000

Gradients: Gentle slope to start of each walk; accessibility standard boardwalk slope to hide

Stiles & Gates: None

Surface: Compressed material, wooden boardwalks

Waymarking: Signs at beach entrance with additional waymarks around the site

Seating: Along the routes and at viewpoints

Specific hazards: Horse riders have a waymarked route onto the beach accessed at the entrance. Soft blown sand can cover boardwalks or leave a drop from boardwalk to surface alongside

Footwear/clothing: Shoes suitable for walking along open boarded boardwalk and compressed stone/gravel paths. The viewpoints are direct onto the north sea and can become windy and cold compared to the paths within the pinewoods


On site

Parking: Pay & display. Open 6am to 9pm April to September, 6am to 6pm October to March with no overnight parking allowed. Charges from £2 for one hour to £7 all day when the ticket becomes valid at Holkham Hall and Wells Beach the same day.

Beach and woods: Open all year round

Nearby: Holkham village has shops and the Victoria Inn

Toilets: The Lookout at Holkham beach, Holkham village and Wells beach

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