Coastal Code, Horses & Dogs

Horse Riding

Please note, there will be no horse access to Lady Anne’s Drive and Holkham Beach until the 12th April, when step two of the government’s roadmap to recovery is introduced. We will continue to monitor the situation and review this approach accordingly.

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.