Happisburgh beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Norfolk Coast Path Dog friendly

Season: summer

Bright blue skies were the order of the day for this summer re-visit.  The tide was halfway in, allowing good access to the beach via the ramp that’s part of the managed retreat against the erosion here.  Models were filming a clothing shoot by the cliffs.  The red and white hooped lighthouse was framed in picture book style by the azure, cloudless sky, sitting in a field of vivid, ripe oil seed rape, altogether a riot of colour.

Summer season photo gallery


What the beach means to Julie, on holiday in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage.


A view of Happisburgh beach in the summer, from the cliffs above.

Season: autumn

Pronounced “Hazebruh”, Happisburgh originated as “Haep’s Town” and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  Despite suggestions that it’s disappearing under erosion at a rate of knots, the village still has a bright future.  It’s home to the oldest working lighthouse on the Norfolk coast.  There’s a ramp down to the beach for easy access and great coastal walking along this stretch of Norfolk’s coastline.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Chris’ passion for the beach and all that it means to him.


With Peter, above the beach at Happisburgh.


The view from the vulnerable cliffs, above the beach at Happisburgh.

One thought on “Happisburgh beach

  1. Jeanette

    For the last 25 years I have been lucky enough to stay in a caravan at Eccles on Sea, right next to the beach. As a Mother our son would collect shells, baby crabs and unusual stones. We would spend time finding flat stones as skimmers and have competitions to see who could bounce them the most. We would wrap up on colder days and walk to the beach at Sea Palling, rolling on the sand dunes on the way. These days we walk along the beach to Happisburgh for a pint and sandwich at the pub and comment about the cafe where we ate banana sandwiches and scones, which has since closed following its disappearance into the sea. Every year there is a memorial service at Eccles at the remains of the original church, which collapsed into the sea in the 1800′s. Staying at Eccles brings a great sense of calm and tranquility, especially when you are curled up at night in the caravan and can hear the waves breaking on the shore, a perfect retreat.


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