Dog Friendly Norfolk

Norfolk is one of the most dog friendly places in England, with miles of beaches, villages and circular walks to explore. Please remember when you are exploring Norfolk clean up after your dog and to keep your dog on a short lead if there is wildlife, livestock or seals nearby. Please be aware that some other nature reserves don’t allow dogs, the ones provided below do.


Bograve Mill
11min walk / 2min drive (Horsey Windpump parking, £3 for 2hours)
A derelect windpump located a mile from Horsey Mere, a great walk behind Sea Haven.

Horsey Beach and village circular walk
29min walk to Horsey Windpump / 3min drive (£3 for 2hours)
A circular walk that takes you to Horsey Beach, around Horsey village and The Broads National Park.

Horsey Mere
26min walk / 4min drive (parking at Horsey Windpump, £3 for 2 hours)
A great place for walking and birdwatching througout the year, toilets located near the carpark.

How Hill National Nature Reserve
24min drive / free parking
A scenic place filled with gardens, wetlands, historic windmills, woodlands and the river Ant. There’s also a tearoom on site which serves a variety of cakes with vegan, gluten and dairy free options.

Pigneys Wood
33min drive / free parking
A beautiful old wood with marked paths, you can see the old railway and canal.

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Restaurants & Pubs

Nelson Head, Horsey
10min walk
A traditional country pub with an open fire, beer garden and various ales and British food.

Fishermans Return, Winterton on Sea
11min drive
A cosy pub half a mile from Winterton Beach and 2 miles from Hirsty’s Fun Park. Parking and just a few minutes from the nearest bus stop.

Greyhound Inn, Hickling
15min drive
A family friendly pub with a open fire, sheltered area outside for the winter, a sun-trap front terrace and a enclosed garden.

PEDRO’s, Acle
19min drive
Mexican restaurant next to a boating lake, serving vegan and vegetarian options.

Acle Bridge Inn, Acle
19min drive
Wonderful pub with bar food favorites, local beer and a beer garden.



Horsey Gap Beach
10min walk from Sea Haven / parking available (£5 for 2hrs)
A gorgeous sandy beach nearby which has seals all year round, it’s dog friendly but we recommend keeping dogs on leads around winter time as they may disturb the seals during pup season.

Winterton Beach
11min drive / parking available (£1.50ph or £7.00 all day)
A large sandy beach with dunes, great for lead free dog walks and a little café.

Sea Palling & Waxham
8min drive / parking available (£1.50ph or £7.50pd)
Another large sandy beach with a section where dogs are allowed, a café and public toilets on site.

17min drive / parking available (£1.20ph or more than 5 hours £5.00)
A sandy beach with cliffs and footpaths in the surrounding area. Pubic toilets, children’s play area and benches also available.

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Poppylands, Horsey
3min walk
A 1940’s themed cafe which serves hot drinks, afternoon tea, lunch and even roast dinner on a Sunday! Dog’s are allowed upstairs.

Dunes Cafe Waxham Barn, Waxham
6min drive
Serving locally sourced food including, breakfasts and lunch, home-made cakes, crab sandwiches plus seaside treats

Eco Burrito, Sea Palling
11min drive
Located next to Sea Palling Beach serving meat, veggie and vegan options with entertainment too!

Bridgestones of Potter, Potter Higham
16min drive
A family ran cafe with a garden, serving gourmet burgers, cakes and home cooked food.

Smallsticks Cafe, Happisburgh
16min drive
A little family run cafe next to Cart Gap beach in Happisburugh with an enclosed garden with cakes and local food.

Burgers on the Beach, Happisburugh
A burger shack which serves seafood and vegan options, located on Happisuburgh beach.

The Garden Kitchen Cafe, Hoveton
25min drive
A gorgeous cafe within Hoven Hall Estate with seasonal food, drinks and desserts.