Brancaster beach

Beach facilities

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

Season: winter

The low tide for this winter re-visit coincided with cold, clear skies, that reflected light from the myriad razor clam shells that were scattered on the beach.  The azure blue skies provided a counterpoint to the rich, recently washed sand on this expansive, flat beach.  The sense of scale and perspective here can be mesmerising and uplifting at the same time.  Don’t wander too close to the sea as the tide turns back in, since it returns swiftly to the high water mark.

Winter visit photo gallery


An adventurous association with the beach.


A bright winter day at Brancaster.

Season: summer

The tide was out for this summer re-visit, leaving an awesome expanse of sand to contemplate in the morning light.  A clean, breezy outlook was capped by a mountainous blue sky, creating an overpowering effect on visitors.  This beach is elemental.  As the razor clam shells crunch underfoot, there’s space for contemplation, creativity, re-balancing or just fun, whichever sense guides you.  Highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


Trevor alludes to ancient senses.


A wide, expansive beach at Brancaster.

Season: winter

Brancaster has a stunning beach, stretching for miles in front of the golf course and sand dunes.  At low tide, you can see the wreck of the S S Vina.  The soft sand is ideal for making sand castles, but there are kite surfers here too, on windy days.  This is a well-to-do area and there are excellent shops, restaurants and boat trips, that run from Brancaster Staithe. Wildlife, particularly resident and migratory birds, features strongly along this stretch of coastline, including Marsh Harriers, avocets, oystercatchers and terns.  Brancaster is also known for its mussels, in season when there is an ‘R’ in the month.

Winter visit photo gallery


With Norma, on the beach at Brancaster.


A bright, chilly start to the day for Margaret and her dogs.


A crisp winter scene at Brancaster beach.

Season: summer

Bright blue sky and sunshine were the order of the day, as seems to happen each time I visit Brancaster beach.  The tide was rising quickly over this expansive, flat beach and the fine weather apparently followed an unsettled spell, so the beach was inhabited by returning locals and visitors, many paddling in the warm spring water at the sea’s edge.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Tiphaine.


…et en francais.


Bright sunshine at Brancaster beach.

3 thoughts on “Brancaster beach

  1. Suzy

    Brancaster Beach is one of the most wonderful beaches in Norfolk, whatever time of year.
    Come rain, wind, snow or sunshine this wide open space, is a great space to have a winter walk, a summer family holiday, a great place to walk the dog, chill and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.
    Spectacular sunsets, picnics in the sand dunes, kite flying, a family fun game of rounders and a dip in the sea. This special beach brings families back to our holiday cottage year after year! Suzy

  2. Margaret

    Brancaster Beach is a wide, seemingly endless, long stretch of sand that invites you to walk and linger over its fabulous views, whether you look out to the sea and the horizon or down to the cornucopia of shells and wildlife along its shoreline.

    And like so many North Norfolk beaches it is never as crowded and spoiled as its more southerly counterparts.

    This is a timeless place with translucent light that feels wild and romantic, no matter what the season.  The Romans built a fort here – long gone – and their centurions retired nearby because it reminded them of home.  Norfolk is the driest county in England, it may be windy, it may be cold but there is less rain here .. Hurrah !

    No wonder painters and beachcombers love it here.

    In winter. spring or autumn you can stride out and enjoy the company of the charming little waders that love to winkle out the food just under the surface here.  The sharply coloured black and white oystercatchers with their long orange beaks lift the spirits with their funny little walk and stabs among the shells,  snacking as they go.

    In summer you can lie out and watch the endless blue sky meet the endless blue sea.  You will have more company in the sunshine – familes, children playing and dog walkers,  but Brancaster beach never looks like those Bank Holiday scenes in the resorts down south- there is room for everyone.

  3. Judith

    Brancaster beach means to me wide open skies, never ending beach, memories of building sandcastles and a dream of riding along the break water.


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