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.
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.
ACCESSIBILITY AND FAMILY PROVISION
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
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