Heacham - South Beach

Also known as ‘Stubborn sands’, Heacham South Beach is found along the long stretch of predominantly sandy coastline which runs north from Snettisham.  Close to the southern outskirts of the town, this beach is one of Norfolk’s only beaches to face west (as this is the East coast!), making it a good spot to witness some truly spectacular sunsets.

The water quality here has been classified as excellent, and the waters of The Wash are relatively calm and shallow.  From the beach, whose golden sands mixed with shingle are backed by low dunes, there are views across the bay towards Lincolnshire.

Public toilets, a café and a gift shop can be found close to the beach. The village of Heacham has further facilities and if you are visiting in early summer and detect the scent of lavender, that is because one of the UK’s largest lavender farms can be found nearby.

There is a promenade, along which it is possible to walk all the way to Hunstanton in the north.  RSPB Snettisham Reserve is close by and provides an opportunity to spot a variety of wildlife.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

During the summer months Heacham South beach is home to birds that nest on the beach. We ask that dogs are kept on leads and away form cordoned nesting areas.

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  • Promenade

Nearest town



PE31 7LH

OS grid ref.

TF 6617 3700

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