Cart Gap Beach

Cart Gap Beach - Norfolk
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Set between the better known beach of Happisburgh and ever popular Sea Palling is a somewhat unspoilt gem - Cart Gap beach. Located at the end of a narrow, single-track lane the beach here is somewhat off the beaten track.

As with all the beaches along this stretch of coast Cart Gap is lovely sandy beach. It also faces the same issues with erosion so the beach is divided up by wooden groynes and backed by a seawall.

If you fancy a stroll along the beach you can pretty much go as far as you like in either direction. The beach here may change its name every mile or so, but in reality it is one long stretch of sand most of the way around the Norfolk coast.

The beach is the site of the RNLI Happisburgh Lifeboat Station, although there is no lifeguard service at the beach. The original lifeboat station was in Happisburgh itself but the site was swallowed up by the relentless coastal erosion.

A little way back up the lane from the car park is Smallsticks Café. Set in an old flint barn this tea room has a good selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals. (Dogs allowed in the garden only).

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Slipway

Nearest town

North Walsham


NR12 0PP

OS grid ref.

TG 3981 3000

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Cart Gap Beach Reviews

Jul 31st 2022

Wonderful beach. Please note the postcode is incorrect in this guide. For Cart Gap beach you need NR12 0QL.

Aug 08th 2021

Spent many happy hours walking on this beach & swimming in the sea. Dog friendly, great cafe. Expensive parking though.


May 30th 2022

Great beach..been jetskiing here for 15 years..


Local lad
Oct 18th 2021

Best beach around for jetskiing