North Norfolk: A dog friendly guide

You may have noticed that we absolutely love it along the North Norfolk coast line! It is not only one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK, but also one of the most dog friendly places to visit- you’ll struggle to find a pub that doesn’t welcome dogs with open arms!

There’s amazing dog friendly beaches, beautiful countryside and heathlands, woodland and plenty of dog friendly pubs and shops.

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Accommodation

There are loads of websites you can look at when it comes for searching for pet friendly accommodation. In fact, it can be a bit of a mind field! For properties on the North Norfolk coast I really recommend Norfolk Hideaways. As they are solely focused on Norfolk, finding a cottage in the right location for you is much simpler. Many of their cottages are dog friendly and located within easy distance of dog-friendly beaches, walks and pubs.

When we have stayed in cottages we have stayed at Rose Cottage in Wells which is in an absolutely perfect location and has the world’s most comfy bed! We have also stayed at Poppy House in Hunstanton which is good for larger groups.

We have also recently come back from a camping trip to Deepdale Backpackers and Camping– an award-winning, eco-friendly independent backpackers hostel and campsite located in Burnham Deepdale- in a perfect location for the exploring some of North Norfolk’s most beautiful beaches and scenery. There are lots of different pitches (with or without electric) and the facilities are really modern. The campsite is open all year round and there is a brilliant Visitor Information Centre with lots of leaflets and information about things to do during your stay. On top of this there is free wi-fi. When it comes to dogs at Deepdale camping they couldn’t be more welcoming. You can bring up to two dogs per camping pitch, and they are free!

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Beaches

There are around 30 beaches down the North Norfolk coast line and a good majority of these are dog friendly (or have limited restrictions). The beaches are sandy and most have large expanses of sand for running around on. Some even have little pools which Murphy loves swimming in.

I recommend looking at this guide by ExploreNorfolk.co.uk which shows you which beaches have restrictions.

Our favourite beach by a long stretch is Holkham, and it would seem we’re not alone. Holkham took home the prize for Best Beach at the 2018 BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. It has endless miles of unspoilt golden sands sheltered by pine woods at the back of the beach. Honestly, the photos don’t do it justice! It is really dog friendly and there aren’t any restrictions, plus although it is popular, it never feels busy due to it’s massive expanse. I’d really recommend taking the walk from Wells-Next-the-Sea to Holkham to really experience the beach and surrounding area. You can find it on our website here.

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Other walks

North Norfolk has some gorgeous beaches, but it doesn’t just stop there, there are some great inland walks too and lovely dog friendly towns well worth visiting.

I’d really recommend doing the walk from Burnham Deepdale to the lovely Burnham Market which you can find on our website here.

Barrow Hill is also worth a visit and has some stunning views- one of the only hilly parts of North Norfolk you will find! You can find this walk here.

Peddars Way is also well worth checking out as there are some gorgeous inland walks along this well maintained trail.

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Pubs

A must visit on every walking holiday, right? Here are a few of our favourites around North Norfolk- all dog friendly of course.

  • The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe I can’t recommend this pub enough and it would definitely be top on any of my lists. It’s really dog friendly but also has a lovely terrace with amazing views- perfect for sitting on and sipping an Aspalls in the summer. The food is also gorgeous and really fresh- well worth a visit if you are in the area, or travelling to if you aren’t!
  • The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe A little bit cheaper than the White Horse, The Jolly Sailors is just down the road. It has a massive beer garden and great home made food.
  • The Hoste, Burnham Market The Hoste is perfectly located on Burnham Market high street, is super dog friendly, and has lovely seats outside perfect for watching the world go by.
  • The Victoria Inn, Holkham The Victoria Inn is ideally located after a walk on Holkham beach and again is very dog friendly. They even have dog biscuits on the bar. The decor is gorgeous and although I’ve never eaten there the food looks delicious.

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