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Things to do in Sea Palling, Norfolk

The pretty little village of Sea Palling lies on the East Coast of Norfolk, approximately 15 miles north of Great Yarmouth.

Tractor for towing boats off the beach © Nicholas John Batty
Tractor for towing boats off the beach © Nicholas John Batty

The village is home to a pub, a very picturesque old church, as well as various stores, cafes and amusement arcades.

You can holiday in one of the picturesque cottages, stay in a caravan or take your own tent/trailer.

At the end of the lane, you walk up and over a ramp which takes you over the dunes and on to a wonderful sandy beach. Backing on to the beach are miles of glorious sand dunes, decked with marram grass.

As there is such easy access to the beach, the RNLI operate an inshore lifeboat from here, crewed by a group of volunteers. In addition, part of the beach is set aside solely for the use of jet skiers.

Off-shore, man-made reefs constructed out of huge boulders jut skyward out of the sea.

This provides some protection to the beach and sand dunes, which (with a small sea wall)are the only defence against storms and tidal surges.

The beach from the north © Nicholas John Batty
The beach from the north © Nicholas John Batty

Adequate sea defences are vital as Sea Palling is low lying and the area was devastated during the tidal surge and storm of 1953.

The reefs have helped to create beautiful sandy bays with lovely calm water, ideal for swimming or just splashing around in.

Unusually, dogs are allowed on the beach, even during the summer months, however, this only applies to one side of the beach.

During low tide, you can walk out to the reefs, though they're not for climbing and you should take care not to be cut-off by the incoming tide.

Further along the coast from Sea Palling lies Waxham Sands, where you will find vast stretches of sandy beaches, and beyond on the coast road is Waxham Great Barn.

The barn is open to visitors, and you can take in the spectacular surroundings while enjoying something to eat in their café.

Sea Palling can be relatively busy in the summer months, especially if the weather is good, but it is well worth a visit.

Description by Margaret Marchant

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