The sandy beach at Wells, backed by dunes and pine trees, is part of the Holkham Estate and leads round to Holkham beach. It stretches for miles to the west into Holkham Bay. Eastwards, the beach continues but can be cut off by the tide. In this direction are salt marshes, part of a nature reserve. Sprats and whelks are the local speciality here. During the summer, you can take a miniature railway from the town to the beach. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful and has formed the backdrop for many films.
Ruth’s enduring relationship with the beach here, via time spent at her beach hut.
An expansive beach at Wells-Next-The-Sea.
The channel by the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea was starting to fill, as the fast moving tide careered inwards. In late afternoon, the beach huts were starting to empty, but I was lucky enough to catch one family, after they had enjoyed a fine day at the beach. The sky was blue and the sand was powdery and golden. It was a classic family day out.
Family times at the beach.
The sense of space on the beach at Wells is breathtaking. If you stand on the established dunes in the middle, the panorama takes in beach huts, with Wells Woods behind and an apparently endless vista out to sea, across the channel. This is kept clear for the boats that take workers out to service the offshore wind farm. Like it or not, this has been a massive economic boost to the town and increased trade significantly.
What the beach means to Brian and Christine.
The wide expanse of Wells beach.