Holkham beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Norfolk Coast Path & Peddars Way SSSI Dog friendly

Season: summer

I had deliberately scheduled an early morning visit to this sensory sensation of a beach, to gain a few moments alone during a spell of wonderful weather.  Interviewee Sheila, below and her dog had a similar idea and we met by the pine woods behind the beach.  There was plenty of time and space for a long walk thereafter, when I met my second interviewees, Rachel and Steve, walking round for breakfast from adjacent Wells-Next-The-Sea.  We were the only four people on a sea of sand, sheer bliss. This is a special place, as witnessed by its popularity with film crews from around the world.  Iconic and highly recommended.

Summer visit photo gallery


Sheila’s eulogy to the beach.


What the beach means to Rachel and Steve.



Acres of space in the morning sunshine.

Season: summer

Holkham is a spectacular beach to visit at any time, but the azure blue sky on this occasion added to the dynamic.  The tide was out, increasing the sense of space.  Horses exercised along the shoreline, a handful of riders stopping to chat about the beach.  Back from the waterline, a dense bed of razor clam shells whistled musically in the breeze, as I walked towards the tree-lined backdrop to this wonderful beach.  Highly recommended.

Summer season photo gallery.


The beach as part of a project and homage for Joe.


Riders on the beach.


The scene at low tide on Holkham beach.

Season: winter

This is the iconic North Norfolk beach, with miles of natural beauty and a great sense of space.  As part of the Holkham Estate, the beach is usually accessed via Lady Anne’s Drive, opposite the Victoria Hotel on the A149.  There’s a variety of walks, such is the size of the beach.  A left turn at the bottom of the drive takes you through the pinewoods and back along the beach.  Turning right takes you towards Wells-Next-The-Sea and its lifeboat house and dunes, again among the pinewoods.  This beach has remarkable light and it’s no wonder that it has featured in many films, including the final scene of “Shakespeare in Love”.  Highly recommended.

Winter visit photo gallery


It keeps pulling Steve back.


Nick is a long way from home.


The expansive beach at Holkham

One thought on “Holkham beach

  1. Lynne

    For us, the beach is essential. Sailing is why we live here and when we’re sailing off the North Norfolk coast, it puts life into perspective. The big space and beauty re-balance our frenetic daily lives. It’s the ultimate escape for us.


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