Family walk: Wells beach, Norfolk

This is a lovely circular walk from the pretty seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea, taking in a busy harbour, a beautiful stretch of beach, and finishing with a stroll through tall pine trees.

Wells beach is one of England’s best kept secrets, and the kind of place that once you’ve visited once you’ll keep coming back again and again. Situated at the end of a long sea wall that stretches for a mile from Wells town centre to the stunning sandy sweep of Holkham Bay, this is a place for outdoor lovers of all ages to enjoy.

You can paddle in the sea, play ball games, exercise the dog, sunbathe, have lunch in the beach cafe, stroll through the pinewoods and pose for pictures in front of the beach’s famous multi-coloured huts; then head back to town for fish and chips and ice cream – all in a couple of hours.

For those who want to continue the journey, the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path lead east along Holkham Bay towards Burnham, but for those who want to take it easy on their legs the Wells Harbour Miniature Railway will be ready to return you to the town centre once you’ve had enough of the sand (trains from 11am, Easter to September).

Pushchair access: the walk along the sea wall is perfect for pushchairs, but the sand is a nightmare for the wheel mechanisms and the paths through the pinewoods are rough in places. Some of the routes to the beach involve wooden steps, but the main access point by the lookout station is fine.

Dog owners: the section of beach directly behind the cafe (near the lifeboat station) is out of bounds for dogs. If you’ve got your furry friend with you, take the path towards the pinewoods then access the beach a few hundred metres further east.

Download the route: click here to download this route for free in the ViewRanger app, then follow it on your phone, smartwatch or tablet using the app’s active GPS features.

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