Winterton on Sea Beach

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  • If you like sand you’ll love Winterton on Sea. Not only is the beach covered in fine golden sand but it is backed by what are widely regarded as the best sand dunes in Norfolk.

    Despite being within half an hour of Great Yarmouth, Winterton is usually quiet, if not empty. That isn’t to say Winterton isn’t a popular beach, but even at its busiest there is so much sand here that you’ll not be short of space.

    Winterton is also a veritable haven for wildlife. Winterton Dunes National Nature Reserve is both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB). As well as being home to the rare Natterjack Toad the dunes are a haven for breeding and overwintering birds.

    Towards the Horsey end of the beach is home to a colony of grey seals. During the winter months the seals come ashore to give birth and you can see the pups on the beach with their mothers.

    Just inland from the beach is one of the first wind farms in the UK at Blood Hill. Whilst just offshore is another larger wind farm. All this should give a hint that it is often breezy along this stretch of coast so you might want to bring your windbreak.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

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    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities

    Nearest town

    Great Yarmouth

    OS grid ref.

    TG 4989 1983

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    Winterton on Sea Beach Reviews

    Great beach for a dog walk

    Jul 01st 2020

    We go to Winterton quite often at all times of the year as it is only 1 hour from us by car. The beautiful, sandy beach is absolutely HUGE, and although you do get quite a lot of people who stay near the car park section with picnics etc, you only have to walk a short way to be completely alone. We prefer to park in the car park, then follow the coastline north but along the dunes, as we find it is better for dog walking if your dog is off-lead, you can see who is coming and it’s easy to give them a wide berth if their dog is on a lead.  It is also much quieter.  You can drop down at any point if you fancy the beach, but the views from the top of the higher dunes is breathtaking. Highly recommended.

    Wonderful beach

    May 09th 2021

    This beach is massive. A beautiful part of the Norfolk coastline. But don’t tell anyone!

    Lovely Beach and not busy

    Aug 11th 2020

    We went on the 9th August when the weather was hot! Was apprehensive about going with covid still about, but this beach is huge and not busy at all!
    There is a small cafe and toilets by the car park but not much else which makes it ideal to get away and socially distance

    Lovely but BEWARE

    Charlotte Cook
    May 27th 2020

    BEWARE needles on the sandy slope down to beach be very careful double check where you step incase such a shame really as such a beautiful beach lovely sand and sea . Touch wood we didn’t come across any more needles on the flat part of the beach it was more near the dunes and sandy slope please double check area before your children play incase.