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West Runton Beach - Norfolk

© Evelyn Simak and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

Sandy

Lifeguard service

Yes

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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Activities

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

Facilities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Slipway

Nearest town

Cromer

Postcode

NR27 9QP

OS grid ref.

TG 1846 4320

Awards

Blue Flag Award