The beach at Holkham National Nature Reserve

The Beach


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Jan-March 2022 - Access to Wells Beach
Please be aware that we are repairing the steps and boardwalks onto Wells Beach. The level access via the boardwalk at the most eastern end will not be affected, but the steps over the pine belt will be closed in rotation. If your chosen route is closed, please keep walking and you’ll find an alternative route.

The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Holkham National Nature Reserve, one of the largest in the country, is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. The Holkham Estate is one of a select few privately owned estates to have been awarded Approved Body Status under Section 35 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act which has, since July 2017, enabled it to manage its own land whilst the beach is managed by Natural England in partnership with Holkham.

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