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
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs are banned on the section to the east of the slipway from May 1st through to September 30th
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
- Rock pooling
- Wind surfing
OS grid ref.
TG 1846 4320
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West Runton Beach Reviews
Lovely beach and more
Tina494Aug 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
KateSep 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.
Lovely beach ....great for fossil hunting