Mundesley Beach

Access to Mundesley Beach

  • Wide clean and sandy beach accessed by a path, just one minute away.  The paths run at an angle, which some might find steep.
  • Lifeguards are on duty in the peak season
  • Excellent fossiling – find belamnites, sea urchins and mammoth bone
  • Dog-friendly (either side of the promenade in season). 
  • Lucy’s Beach Cafe, which serves food and refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Shop selling beach toys, deck chairs, windbreaks

Mundesley Beach, Norfolk

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. 

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.  

Walking – Check the weather and tides first.  If the tide is up, you’ll find more beach on the right (as you face the sea).

Walk 1: Heading left (THIS WALK IS ONLY SAFE WHEN THE TIDE IS VERY LOW).  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).  Keep away from the cliffs – there are landslides.  Walk past Trimingham, onto Overstrand.  You can get a bus back to Mundesley, or alternatively walk on to Cromer.

Walk 2: Heading right (2-3 hours).  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.  It takes over an hour to get to the Poacher’s Pocket.   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. 

Walk 3: Cliff Walk (1.5 hours).  Go out onto the road, turn left and past the Ship Pub. Walk down and up the windy road (being very careful of traffic).  Find the footpath at the top, to take you along the cliff.  Keep dogs on a lead and beware of the cliff edge.  There is always a danger of landslides, so please take this into account before you start.  Follow the footpath to Bacton Terminal, then turn right and come back on yourself, over the farmer’s field to the paved road opposite.  Turn left towards the road, and turn right at the road.  Walk past some lovely houses until you reach Mundesley Road (Paston Street hamlet).  Turn right.  There is a pond on your left (good spot for the dogs to cool off).  Walk on the path that heads towards Mundesley, on the edge of the field, following it to the left and around.  Turn right on the path that goes through the copse.  It will come out at Stow Windmill.  Follow the footbath, past the Royal and into Mundesley village.

Walk 4: (6 miles inland, through Gimingham and Trunch)