The beach at Holkham National Nature Reserve

The Beach

Introduction

The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country.

The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country. It is managed by Natural England in partnership with the Holkham Estate and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

Holkham beach was recently voted ‘Best Beach in the UK’ in a survey of travel writers. Find out more.

Please help us to keep this area special
The beaches at Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham form part of a unique landscape, rich in wildlife and one which we need your help to protect. The area is popular with dog walkers throughout the year and we would like to remind all owners that it is your responsibility to keep your dog under close supervision and control and that you MUST clean up after your dog and use the dog waste bins provided.

Please follow the Coastal Code which has important information for horse riders and dog owners. To minimise the risk of fire, the use of barbeques, fires or stoves is prohibited. Naturism is not allowed in the dunes. Photography on Holkham Beach for any commercial purpose is not allowed without prior written consent from Holkham Estate.

“Four miles of white-gold sand, with shells to collect and pine woods to explore.”
The Times