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What Are The Best Dog Walks In Norfolk?
Sheringham And Cromer
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Cromer is situated on the East side of England, a coastal town looking out to the North Sea in the north of the county of Norfolk.
A delightful seaside town began as a fishing town, and still famous today for its crabs and lobsters. Cromer provides visitors with a late-Victorian fully functioning pier including the Pavilion Theatre. Predominantly a tourist location, it enjoys both an esplanade and a classic long promenade peppered with traditional pretty coloured beach huts. Everything you expect from a quintessential English Victorian coastal retreat.
Cromer beach naturally has restrictions for dog walking during the busier summer season, running May 1st – September 30th. During the summer restrictive months, one can still walk along the esplanade and promenade with your dog on a lead.
Out of season, it makes a glorious beach walk for any dog owner and their pooch. The beach is shingle with breakwaters and is accessible with sloping gangways as well as steps, but when the tide goes out there are endless stretches of golden sandy beaches to enjoy with Blue Flag status. There are rock pools where you may find the crabs and lobsters. The back of the beach is looked down by high cliffs and there’s some watersport activity centre around the pier location.
Sheringham is about 4 miles north of Cromer and boasts even more sandy beaches. The backshore of the beach has breakwaters and pebbles, particularly around the town area, but exposing great expanses of glorious sandy beaches foreshore, at lower tide.
Sheringham like Cromer reserves the right to ban dogs on beaches during summer months and must be kept on a fairly short 1.8-meter lead at all times between the lifeboat station and groyne areas.
Vets are available in case of pet emergencies close by at both Cromer and Sheringham, part of the Mirimar Veterinary Centre Practices.
If you want to travel between Cromer and Sheringham other than walking the famed 9 mile National Trail circular coastal path, there’s a handy train line with about 18 trains running through the day taking about 10 minutes by Greater Anglia Train company allowing pets to travel including dogs. Take time to read their information about travelling with your dog for free on their trains.
Beach images courtesy Visit Norfolk and Twitter. Prices and information correct at the time of writing.
To get the very best out of a special day trip, do plan in advance
- Pre-book your car park space if necessary
- Check all local social media before setting out including if there are traffic build-ups in the area so you are not wasting time sitting in a hot car
- Check meteorological website tide times for the best times to be on the beach. We recommend two hours after high tide allows the tide to be going out, sand and shingle drying out and gives more space on the beach.
- Remember to buy sun creams for you and your pet before its too hot weather, apply before leaving home
- Ensure your dog has ventilated space in your vehicle and also sunshades protecting them from direct sunlight
Beach doggie tips to remember
- To take lots (more than usual) of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog. Seawater is salty and will make your dog even more thirsty.
- Have old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming. Provide them with towels to sit on rather than the sand, and towels help to clean off the sand before going home!
- A sun canopy or umbrella shade is important, not just for you, but also for your dog who can catch sunburn as much as you can.
- You may need to use a short and/or long dog lead during restriction times, and take a dog muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches. They can act out character in new, unknown places often feeling anxious.
- Please remember to take your rubbish home with you, that includes dog poop which is your responsibility to clean up at all times.
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