Bacton Beach

Bacton Beach - Norfolk
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A pleasant sandy beach which stretches all the way to Mundesley in one direction and Walcott in the other. If you fancy the walk there is a pathway along the coast at the back of the beach.

Despite there being two caravan sites right by the beach it is never busy at Bacton as there is no shortage of room. Also the wooden groynes which divide up the beach make great windbreaks and have the effect of creating lots of little beaches.

Coastal erosion has always been an issue on this stretch of the Norfolk coast and there are plenty of reminders of this in the form of rock armour, sea walls and the groynes which divide the beach up and keep the sand in place.

Like Horsey beach a few miles down the coast Bacton is a good place to spot a seal or two. Grey seals and pups are commonly sighted along this stretch of coast.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog restrictions on parts of the beach from 1st May and 30th

Norfolk dog friendly beaches »


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Slipway

Nearest town

North Walsham

OS grid ref.

TG 3400 3439

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Bacton Beach Reviews

Keith Price
Aug 15th 2021

Since the massive re-sanding operation, 2 years ago, the beach has a slightly higher pebble content than was the case originally. Due to some stormy weather, quite a lot of the new sand can be found, in the caravan parks, and along the lanes. The previously marked, dog free sections, have not been clearly marked out since the old signs were lost under the sand. And although it is slowly reappearing, the promenade, on which you could comfortably walk to Walcott, was buried under the sand. All these things said, it is still a beautiful place, and great for family days at the seaside.

Bacton's "new" beach

Jun 28th 2020

After the £19 million spent on the beach last year Bacton beach, to prevent erosion, it is the most amazingly large sandy beach running for some 3 miles. It still has some of the character of the old much small beach, with a few of the original groynes showing, but with access regardless of tides. A truly wonderful, relaxing place.

If only dogs could read !

Aug 21st 2022

Bacton is a lovely sandy beach and thanks to the sand scaping project almost back to the beach of my childhood over 60 years ago.
My only disappointment is that despite a clearly defined dog free stretch of beach everytime I go for a walk or swim there I encounter numerous dogs most of them off their leads.
For those dog owners wishing to use Bacton beach there is ample room either side of the red zone.
Otherwise it’s a lovely beach !

Why hate dogs

Sep 10th 2020

We used to come here every year with the grandparents all of us had dogs kids, dogs, sea & sand perfect.  Plenty of lovely dog friendly holiday homes to rent, we found the perfect one but decided to go elsewhere as dogs not welcome not even in the evenings. Apparently horses are allowed - think I should have gotten some pet pigs, goats or sheep - they are not on the restricted list.

Michele Grocock
Jul 17th 2020

We’ve come here for over 4 years and now that it’s all been upgraded anyone with a dog is not really given apart of the beach to stay on and made to feel surplus even if you wanted to sit on the beach you cannot park your car near enough to take your stuff as it’s too far so definitely not made feel welcome