Walk distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Easy (but this does cross a shallow but reasonably wide stream, so may not be the walk for you if you don’t want to get your feet wet!)
Pub stop: pub finishing point- The Ship Hotel
Starting point: Broad Lane- next to St Mary the Virgin’s Church (ample free parking on this road)
Download the route map here.
Brancaster is yet another glorious North Norfolk beach which is really dog friendly (apart from a small restriction in the summer). There are miles of unspoilt golden sand- and there is even a shipwreck when the tide is out (although I am yet to see it).
We parked the car on Broad Lane (which is just off the A149) next to St Mary the Virgin’s Church. This is free on street parking.
Start the walk by walking down Broad Lane until you reach a dirt track on the left. Follow this path round past some houses. It will then bend round to the right- just keep on the path bending with it.
The path will then run parallel with the road down to the beach.
When you get on the beach, turn left and keep walking. You will reach a shallow stream, which you will need to cross- this may not be the walk for you if you don’t want to get your feet wet!!
When you see a break in the sand dunes, head back up the beach and follow the signs for RSPB Titchwell Marsh. You’ll then be on the path into the reserve.
Although dogs aren’t allowed any further into the reserve (and must be kept on leads) you are able to walk along this path freely. The reserve boasts diverse habitats where you have the opportunity to see lots of different birds.
Follow the path through the reserve until you come to the car park, and finally the main road. Turn left, and continue walking down the main road until you return to the starting point.
Although this walk doesn’t have a pub stop enroute, I recommend The Ship Hotel in Brancaster which is just opposite the church- great for a end of walk beer. They are also really welcoming to dogs. It also has dog friendly rooms, so would make for a great holiday base.
Watch Murphy enjoying the water at Brancaster on Murphy Cam!