- Blue flag, wide clean and sand beach
- Sheltered from any off-shore winds, by the cliffs behind you
- Access to the beach is less than a minute’s walk from Beach Cottage
- Lifeguards are on duty in the peak season
- Excellent fossiling – find belamnites, ammonites and mammoth bone
- Dog-friendly beach. Beach Cafe, which serves hot and cold food, welcomes dogs.
- Shop selling beach toys, deck chairs, windbreaks
Things to do on the beach:
Swimming – listed in the Top 10 Norfolk beaches and the 10 Swimming Beaches, Mundesley beach is perfect for playing in and out of the water. When the tide is out (check the timetable for Cromer), there is a perfect flat bed of sand and water for paddling, plus tidal pools.
Surfing – This is a perfect spot for beginner and intermediate surfers. ”Mundesley has a good beach break, which works on mid tides and picks up most swells. Also close by, is a good beach break that picks up as much swell as anywhere else in East Anglia. In the right conditions, it can produce a heavy barrelling wave,” writes Paul Kirby. Check the Surf report and forecast.
Fishing – There are always lots of fishermen and women on the Beach; but the catches can vary. I have seen a very pleased fisherman holding a large sea bass, but this was only once. See here for information about where to get bait.
Walking – Check the tides first. If the tide is up, you’ll find more beach on the right (as you face the sea).
Walk 1: Heading left (less beach, especially if the tide is up). This walk takes you to Overstrand and onto Cromer, but needs to be well timed as the tides come up very high, often reaching the cliffs and leaving you no room for walking on the beach (especially between Mundesley and Overstrand). Walk past Trimingham, onto Overstrand, which has a lovely cliff top cafe. You can get a bus back to Mundesley, or alternatively walk on to Cromer.
Walk 2: Heading right – this will take you past Bacton and onto Happisburgh and is one of our favourite family walks. It passes Bacton Gas Terminal and a good half way point is the Poacher’s Pocket pub, where you can find good beer, pub grub and dogs are welcome. After following the promenade at Walcott (ice cream vans stop here in the summer) you begin to pass the cliffs where you will see some massive sea erosion . Avoid walking underneath the cliffs; as there can be landslides. Keep going until you reach the access point just under the red and white lighthouse – this will take you in to the village of Happisburgh, with its own working and independently run red and white striped lighthouse. Happisburgh is also a place of enormormous archaeological interest; there is evidence that the earliest Northern Europeans arrived here, on the beach. Walking into the village, you’ll find a cafe and and Hill House pub. We normally end our walk here, with a pub lunch, getting a taxi back to Mundesley. The alternative is the circular walk, which may not be possible due to erosion of the cliff path (so please check first).