Burnham Overy Staithe

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Season: winter

The Burnhams are considered by many to be the jewel in the crown of North Norfolk.  Burnham Overy Staithe is a haven for sailing enthusiasts and has a well-to-do, characterful atmosphere.  A channel leads out to the sea and a twenty minute walk takes visitors out to a wonderful, unspoilt beach, which itself links to Holkham and Wells-Next-The-Sea beaches further along the coast.  Take care with the tides on this walk though, to avoid being cut off.  The path is flat, as you would expect and you should reach the beach in less than half an hour.  It is well worth it, completely unspoilt and backed by dunes.  The sheer scale and size of the magnificent blue sky and the scudding white clouds is wonderful.

Winter season photo gallery


The rejuvenating effect of the beach on Trevor and Carol.


Well worth the walk out to the beach near Burnham Overy Staithe.

One thought on “Burnham Overy Staithe

  1. James

    The whole area feels like an unspoilt refuge; it’s a place to breathe, unwind, and let go.
    What we call ‘the beach’ is actually the island called Scolt Head; you can walk there at low tide, or you can take one of the ferries as the tide comes in.  The beach is completely unspoilt, and there are plenty of people both sailing and swimming in what is known as ‘the lagoon’, between the land and the island.
    There is also another ‘beach’ close by called ‘Bank Hole’; even at the lowest tide you can swim here, and apparently there’s a freshwater spring at the bottom of the hole.
    This is the ideal place to drop out of life for a while.


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