Coastal Code, Horses & Dogs

Horse Riding

Due to a large increase in visitors, we have had to put time restrictions in place on weekends and holidays for horses visiting Holkham Beach. Please note that parking is on a first come first served basis and is not guaranteed.

May 1st-3rd, 29th-31st
June 1st-6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th
July 1st-31st
August 1st-31st
September 1st-5th, 11th, 12th
October 23rd-31st
December 18th-31st

On the above dates, access times are:

Morning - Arrival between 6am to 9am and leave parking area no later than 11am
Afternoon - Arrival from 4pm and leave parking area no later than 7pm

Holkham Estate welcomes responsible horse riders to the wide open expanse of Holkham beach. In addition to the sandy beach there are areas that are special for wildlife but vulnerable and easily damaged. Please help us to protect this internationally important nature reserve by observing the following:

  • Please access the beach from the end of Lady Anne’s Drive by following the white arrows on the marker posts. This route takes you directly to the beach and safely through the dunes and developing saltmarsh that are very easily damaged. Always return by the same route.
  • If you are also bringing dogs with you, please ensure you are familiar with, and follow, our seasonal restriction which require dogs to be kept on leads in vulnerable areas from 1st April to 31st August - click here to find out more
  • Once on the beach, horses may be ridden anywhere on the sand but below the high tide mark. Please do not ride beyond the start of the beach huts at Wells as it can be very busy, especially in the summer.
  • At certain times of the year, small areas of shingle are fencing off to protect rare ground nesting birds such as terns and ringed plover. To help protect the nesting area for the birds please avoid the fragile shingle ridges even when there are no fences.
  • Riding is not permitted on the sand dunes, shingle ridges, saltmarsh or within the pines under any circumstance.
  • There is strictly no access for horses across the Burnham Overy Channel to Scolt Head Island.
  • Please exercise care and consideration for other beach users at all times.

We would recommend anyone visiting us with a horse familiarises themselves with the British Horse Society’s guidance notes on responsible riding and riding on beaches.