Posted/updated February 2017
Hours can be spent at the beach enjoying the golden sands, exploring rock pools, surfing waves or paddling in warm lagoons.
The north Norfolk coast offers a variety of different beaches; wide and expansive beaches stretching from Brancaster to Wells-next-the Sea, more traditional family beaches between Sheringham and Mundesley and dunes east to Great Yarmouth. There’s gorgeous Hunstanton, facing west, where you can watch the sun set into the sea all year round. Blakeney quay and it’s very tidal channel is another favourite spot, especially for mud sliding!
At the time of writing, 4 Norfolk beaches boast Blue Flags (an indication of their high environmental and quality standards): Sheringham, Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling.
The RNLI patrols our beaches
It’s important to follow basic beach safety advice to prevent tragic accidents whilst enjoying time at the coast. The RNLI with North Norfolk District Council have been working together for 10 years to keep everyone on the beach and in the sea safe.
Since 2007 the RNLI, funded by charitable donations, have been patrolling the beaches at Sheringham, Cromer, Sea Palling and Mundesley. This was the very first stretch of coastline to be patrolled on the east coast of the UK.
10 years on and this vital service has increased along the Norfolk coast to include 12 beaches, with East Runton and Wells-next-the-Sea added in 2016. Here are all the beaches in Norfolk (from west to east) currently patrolled at the time of writing:
- Sheringham West
- Sheringham East
- West Runton
- East Runton
- Cromer West
- Cromer East
- Sea Palling
- Great Yarmouth
An incredible 10 years
The RNLI is a charity that saves lives out at sea; they are volunteers and provide a 24 hour search and rescue service in the UK – with 237 lifeboat stations and 1,000 lifeguards. They operate at 180 beaches around the UK; in Norfolk the RNLI grew from 15 lifeguards patrolling a small number of beaches to employing 65 people across 16 locations all along the north Norfolk coast and into Suffolk.
The RNLI as a charity is separate from but works with local government (North Norfolk District Council) who fund lifeguard services to keep us safe whilst enjoying the glorious Norfolk beaches.
Read the ‘RNLI 10th Anniversary Patrolling Norfolk Beaches’ by James Oxley in full.
Important links and safety advice
Here are some useful links to help you fully appreciate beach and sea safety; please take a close look at them before taking a trip to the coast.
RNLI – ‘At the beach’ Safety Guide (the RNLI app is no longer supported)
With thanks to and kind permission from the RNLI media department for providing important safety advice, posters and documents.