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East Ruston Cottages

Dog Friendly Self Catering Holiday Cottages In Rural & Coastal East Norfolk

Telephone: 01692 650083
Mobile: 07766 665684
Email:
sue@eastrustoncottages.co.uk

East Ruston Cottages
  • Wind In The Willows
  • Wind In The Willows
  • Wind In The Willows
  • The Tender
  • The Tender
  • The Tender
  • The Lodge
  • The Lodge
  • The Lodge
  • Milestone Barn
  • Milestone Barn
  • Milestone Barn
  • Rooster Barn
  • Rooster Barn
  • Rooster Barn
  • Holmes House
  • Holmes House
  • Holmes House
  • The Old Piggery
  • The Old Piggery
  • The Old Piggery
  • Red Roofs
  • Red Roofs
  • Red Roofs
  • Walnut Farmhouse
  • Walnut Farmhouse
  • Walnut Farmhouse
  • Thatchers
  • Thatchers
  • Thatchers
  • St Benets
  • St Benets
  • St Benets
  • Milldene
  • Patikipa
  • Orchard Cottage
  • Orchard Cottage
  • Orchard Cottage
  • Church View Cottage
  • Church View Cottage
  • Church View Cottage

Local Beaches

 

The tide times for the beaches near East Ruston Cottages will be between the times shown above, varying by their distance from them.

BEACHES
One of the main reasons many people come on holiday here are the beaches.  So many to choose from, all of them sandy, all of them great places
to walk the dogs. The coast in Norfolk is huge and the beaches are linked so you can walk from one to another along the sand when the tide is out
and many of the southern ones have areas of dunes to walk in when the tide is high.
Here is a selection of the most popular ones with all they have to offer, starting in the south of the area.
Be sure to click on the links to find out much more about each beach!

 

 

WINTERTON
www.winterton-on-sea.net  NR29 4AJ

 

 

Dog friendliness:  Awesome!  Lots of beach and acres of dunes for running and sniffing.  No restrictions all year round.
Restrictions: There is a tern nesting colony in the summer and seals breeding on the beach in the winter but these are signposted when applicable.

Access:  Easy, slight sandy slope to beach and level acces to dunes area.

Facilities:  Large privately owned car park - pay and display but not expensive.  Excellent cafe - Dunes Cafe - right on the beach for a great post walk snack now with its own little beach huts for you to sit in with your dog.
Dog friendly pub The Fishermans Return and fish and chip shop in the village - both an easy walk.  Public and disabled toilet. Shop and post office.

Nearest to:  On the doorstep of Snowdrop Cottage and Hidden Gem
Next nearest is Walnut Farm but it's well worth the drive from any of the properties

What the locals know: Just how fabulous Winterton beach is!  When the tide is high, no need to turn for home as you can walk north or south along the dunes - meandering through a maze of paths. The area of dunes to the south of the car park is know as the Valley and takes you past some funny little 'Hobbit' houses which are part of the Hermanus holiday camp. Locals also know that there is free parking just down the dead end road that runs past the small supermarket and from here you can walk straight onto the dunes. Shhhh.  Don't tell anyone!  

 

HORSEY

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/horsey-beach.html  NR29 4EF

 

 

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lots of beach and dunes separating the beach from a level track that runs along the back beside the marshy grazing areas. 
You can do a circular walk along the beach and back along the track or do a circular walk across inland farmland and stop off at the quaint little,
dog friendly pub, The Nelson's Head.

Restrictions: During the winter the beach is famous for its seal breeding colony (see two useful websites here and here for much more info) and there are roped off areas and wardens during these times.  Whilst this does limit dog walking to the track and dunes, it is an amazing sight, well worth seeing.

Access:  Sandy slope to beach over dunes.

Facilities:  Large National Trust pay and display car park. Poppylands cafe on the road just before the track leading to the beach.
Nearby Horsey Windpump has a cafe and shop open in the summer.

Nearest toWalnut Farm, St Benets and Daisy Cottage.
What the locals know:  When the tide is in you can still walk in the dunes, the best area is heading north

 

 

WAXHAM 

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/waxham.html  NR12 0EE

 

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lots of beach and a good strip of dunes. 

Restrictions:  The Horsey seal breeding colony sometimes spreads down to Waxham so there are occasional roped off areas in the winter. 

Access:  Sandy slope to beach over dunes.

Facilities: None really.  There isn't even a proper car park which means it doesn't get busy! The parking is on the track leading to the beach behind the large farmhouse next to Waxham Great Barn.  There is a nice cafe in the Great Barn yard, dogs are allowed in the courtyard where there is plenty of seating.
Nearest toWalnut Farm, St Benets and Daisy Cottage
What the locals know:  Not a very well known beach and not a lot of parking so ideal if you want to keep away from other visitors. 
An easy walk from here to Sea Palling, stop for an ice cream and head back again!   

 

SEA PALLING

http://www.britishbeaches.info/sea-palling-norfolk/   NR12 0UH

This beach has Blue Flag status and lifeguards in the summer.

 

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lovely, flat sandy beach protected by a rock reef which gives areas of quiet, shallow sea - ideal for dogs that like to swim.  

Restrictions:  From 1 May to 1 October half of the beach is restricted for dogs but only to the left of the access ramp.  To the right is available all year round and is the better part of the beach. You can do an easy walk to Waxham or a longer one to Horsey. 

Access:  Concrete slope to beach over the dunes at the end of Beach Road.  Various other access points over dunes.

Facilities: The perfect amount - the very dog friendly Reefs Bar, a couple of cafes, fish and chips, toilets, a small amusement arcade - all at the beach end of Beach Road.  At the other end of the village there is a shop/post office and wet fish stall and The Little Fudge stall
A children's play area and plenty of council pay and display parking - long and short stay.

Nearest to: St Benets and Daisy Cottage are both along beach road so just a few hundred yards from the beach.
What the locals know:  This is a very popular beach so best avoided on sunny weekend days. If you can't walk on the beach when the tide is in it is worth having a little wander along the road at the back of the dunes heading north and looking at all the funny little chalets and holiday houses.  There is even a little hippy camp along there too. 

 

CART GAP

NR12 0QL

Dog friendliness:  Very good. Lots of beach when the tide is out. Quiet most of the time.    

Restrictions: 1st May - 1st October there are supposedly restrictions for dogs on the beach but in reality these are not
or enforced and locals and visitors use the beach all year round.  

Access:  Concrete slope down from the car park.  Left takes you to Happisburgh beach and right to Eccles beach.

Facilities:  Pay and display car park, toilets and the lovely Smallsticks Cafe just a short walk inland.  Dogs allowed in the grassed yard outside.
The RNLI shop is also here now - a very cause to support.

Nearest to:  A short walk from White Cottage, Orchard Cottage and Thatchers
What the locals know:  The lifeboat practices are worth watching.  A tractor tows the lifeboat from the boat sheds on the car park and launches it into the sea then reverses into the waves to recover it after training.  If the tide is in then you can walk along the cliff top to the Lighthouse at Happisburgh and back along the track that runs parallel to the beach.

 

HAPPISBURGH

www.happisburgh.org.uk  NR12 0PR

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lots of beach.    

Restrictions: 1st May - 1st October there are supposedly restrictions for dogs on the beach but in reality these are not

enforced and locals and visitors use the beach all year round.  

Access:  Sand slope down from the car park.

Facilities:  Pay and display car park, toilets.  The village also has a couple of cafes, the very dog friendly Hill House pub
small shop/post office and a really good fresh fish shop a little way inland. 

Nearest to:  A short walk from White Cottage, Orchard Cottage and Thatchers
What the locals know: Happisburgh is a great place to view from high up - both the iconic lighthouse and the church have open days where you can climb to the top.  The village has a lot of interesting history and the village is ancient, falling into the sea in parts but still a thriving community. 

 

When the tide is out you can walk from this beach to ......   

 

WALCOTT

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/walcott-norfolk.htm  NR12 0AP

Dog friendliness:  Not too bad.  Can be busy.   Not the best beach but good for a run if you want to go to the cafe or fish and chip shop. 

Restrictions: 1st May - 1st October there are restrictions for dogs on the beach between certain groins.  

Access:  Steps from the pavement and a wooden boat launch ramp.

Facilities:  On road parking and privately owned car parks, toilets.  Really good village shop and post office, Kingfisher Cafe (very popular and dog friendly),
fish and chips next door.  Ice cream van often parked up in the summer and a good selection too at the Kingfisher. The Poachers Pocket pub is very dog friendly too with good food and a little further along the coast at Bacton there is the wonderful Sugar and Spice cafe - also very dog friendly.

Nearest to:  A short drive from all the Happisburgh and East Ruston properties.
What the locals know: Walcott does suffer when there is a coastal surge and high tide. It's not the most glamorous of villages but it has a great heart; the village folk rallied round amazingly well when it was badly hit by the sea in 2014.  Many of them lost their homes.

 

 

MUNDESLEY

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/mundesley-beach.html

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lots of beach. You can walk miles along it to get away from the small area in front of the main part    

Restrictions: 1st May - 1st October there are restrictions between certain groins but not beyond these.   

Access:  Various points but main access is concrete ramp by the Ship Inn which takes you down to the promenade and then steps to the beach.

Facilities:  Mundesley is a busy little seaside village so there are all sorts of facilities. Cafes (many dog friendly) and amusements along the sea front, a couple of sea food sales vans, and a pub, The Ship Inn, is right on the cliff with a great dog friendly garden with views up and down the coast. In the village itself there are various shops, a hotel, chinese takeaway.  There's a tourist information centre and a tiny Maritime Museum too - plenty to see and do in Mundesley.
Nearest toMilestone Barn, Rooster Barn and Farthing Cottage
What the locals know
:  That there's no point walking when the tide is in but there is a park with play area that can be used for a run around

 

OVERSTRAND

http://www.explorenorfolkuk.co.uk/overstrand.html  NR27 0PP

Dog friendliness:  Really good. Lots of beach and pretty quiet.    

Restrictions: 1st May - 1st October there are restrictions for dogs on the beach between certain groins.   

Access:  Long concrete walkway down from the car park.

Facilities:  Pay and display car park, toilets.  The village also has a great little cafe - The Cliff Top Cafe
and the Lobster and Crab shack; brilliant for fresh crab and lobster. 
The local pub - The White Horse - is very dog friendly and whilst it is a bit expensive a la carte, the bar food is very good and very reasonable. 

Nearest toMilestone Barn, Rooster Barn and Farthing Cottage
What the locals know
:  I don't think they know anything that they are prepared to tell. It's a very elegant and quiet village! 
An easy escape from the wonderful old fashioned sea side busy-ness of nearby Cromer!

 

FURTHER AFIELD
So many more lovely beaches further up the coast.  Cromer and Sheringham both have all the facilities you would expect of a seaside town and both have an old fashioned charm.  The beach at West Runton has a great dog friendly cafe, the beach at Holkham is almost certainly 'the biggest beach in the world' and all of the beaches along the top of the northern part of Norfolk, betwen Cromer and Hunstanton are well worth a day trip.

Rather than re-write what others have done already, here are some links so you can find out more about our great beaches!

http://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/inspire/Top-10-beaches.aspx

http://www.nearestbeach.co.uk/dog-friendly/norfolk/

http://www.tournorfolk.co.uk/beaches.html
 

 

DOGS ON BEACHES RESTRICTIONS

For full and accurate details of the beaches with council enforced restrictions see here.

And this great website tells you about the beaches all the way round the coast here.