Walcott Beach (Walcott Gap)

Walcott Beach - Norfolk
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This beach at Walcott is a very pleasant stretch of sand divided up by wooden groynes and backed by a sloping, concrete sea wall. All this is testament to the the ongoing struggle between man and the sea which is a theme of this part of the coast.

At present the sea seems to be staying in its place, although over the past 60 years there have been several catastrophic floods that have taken their toll on the village. If you want to see what happens along this coast where there are no sea defences have a look at Happisburgh a few miles away.

One of the most striking features of Walcott beach is the fact the road runs right along it, somewhat of a rarity along the east Norfolk coast. Not only does this provide a great view of the sea as you drive through the village, it makes access to the beach incredibly easy on all but the busiest days.

There are a couple of cafes and ice-cream shops along the seafront here along with toilets.

Also known as:

Walcott Gap

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions on the central part of the beach (by the road) from May to end of September

Norfolk dog friendly beaches »


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Slipway

Nearest town

North Walsham

OS grid ref.

TG 3586 3299

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Walcott Beach Reviews

Amazing beach

Aug 11th 2022

The dog friendly part of walcott beach (Ostend) is amazing, it’s huge and beautiful. it’s a quiet beach even in high summer, and perfect for families and walking your dogs. We loved it !

Walcott Beach

Jul 24th 2019

Lovely unspoilt sandy beach, brilliant for little children, just wish the dog walkers would keep to their designated beaches during summer months.