The sandy beach at Wells, backed by dunes and pine trees, is part of the Holkham Estate and leads on 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, including the closing sequence of “Shakespeare in Love”.
Ruth’s enduring relationship with the beach here, via 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 here moved inwards. In late afternoon, the beach huts were starting to empty, but I was lucky enough to catch one family, after a fine day at the beach. The sky was blue, the sand powdery and golden, a classic family day out for all the visitors.
Family times at the beach.
The view towards the dunes at Wells-next-the-Sea, a wide open 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.