West Runton Beach

Situated between the towns of Sheringham and Cromer the lovely sands of West Runton are often overlooked - which is nice!

Towards the high tide mark the beach is quite shingley, but as the tide goes out a large expanse of fine sand is revealed, along with numerous rockpools.

Beyond the sandstone cliffs are the fields of the Norfolk countryside. Within the cliffs are a host of fossils including the now famous West Runton elephant. Discovered in 1990 this was actually the most complete example of a fossilized steppe mammoth skeleton ever found.

The beach is also home to some important geology. A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) West Runton is home to the largest chalk reef in Europe. This makes it not only popular with divers but surfers too.

In terms of facilities there is everything you need; toilets and the Seaview Beach Cafe.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned on the section to the east of the slipway from May 1st through to September 30th

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Kite surfing
  • Rock pooling
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Slipway

Nearest town



NR27 9QP

OS grid ref.

TG 1846 4320


Parking available next to the beach.


Blue Flag Award

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West Runton Beach Reviews

Lovely beach and more

Aug 17th 2021

Visited on rainy day enjoyed fossil hunting impressed with toilets and cafe. Would love to return especially on a sunny day though I imagine it gets very busy as it is such a lovely spot!

Gorgeous beach for swimming

Sep 15th 2020

Perhaps the most perfect beach in North Norfolk- fine sand,  water isn’t a million miles away at low tide,  super clean because almost the whole beach is underwater at high tide.
Dog restrictions quite rightly ignored by all when we visited in September, and everyone having a lovely time.

Sep 07th 2019

Lovely beach ....great for fossil hunting

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