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With its wide open spaces and rural landscape, Norfolk is an ideal location to bring your pet with you.

An Introduction to taking your pet dog out in Norfolk

Beach Westie
North Norfolk Coast Path
Coast View
Holt Country Park
Westie George

We have two little West Highland White Terriers and they love running around the Norfolk coast and countryside. We have many favourite places to take our pets and sometimes hardly see anybody else, such is the beauty of rural Norfolk. You can still take dogs onto many of the Norfolk beaches in summer, with only the areas around popular resorts having restrictions (usually May to the end of October). But you will also find miles and miles of safe rural paths, heathland and woodland that our 2 dogs enjoy so much. Many of the Norfolk pubs allow well behaved dogs, but please check first. So overall, Norfolk is an ideal place to bring your pet on holiday with you!

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Map showing some of the best Pet Friendly places in Norfolk

Norfolk Pet Friendly Map Ranworth Upper Sheringham Blakeney Coast Path Happisburgh Beach Sea Palling Beach Horsey Gap Beach Hickling Potter Heigham Weavers Way Thurne Weavers Way South Walsham Ludham Neatishead Salhouse Coltishall River Bure Blickling Hall Bacton Woods Kelling Heath Salthouse Heath Cley next the Sea Coast Path Martham River Walks Old Hunstanton Beach Winterton on Sea Beach Brancaster Coast Path Overstrand Cliff Path Holkham Bay Norfolk Map Castle Acre River Nar Burgh Castle Acle Weavers Way Loddon River Chet Holt Country Park

Here are our tips on how to enjoy Norfolk with your pet

Beaches - Most Norfolk beaches allow dogs. You may have restricted areas around the major resorts, but walk half-a-mile in either direction and the restriction is usually lifted. Restrictions apply from May to the end of October. The best places in our experience are the empty beaches at Old Hunstanton and on the East Norfolk Coast at Sea Palling, Horsey, Mundesley, Overstrand, and Winterton on Sea. The North Norfolk Coast has many nature reserves, but Holkham Bay is excellent for dog walking and you could also try Cromer beach. Other beaches on the Norfolk Norfolk Coast consist mainly of pebbles (Weybourne) or marshes (Cley), but there are still plenty of coastal dog walking opportunities along the North Norfolk Coast Path - try Brancaster to Burnham Overy Staithe.
Hunstanton Beach
The beach at Old Hunstanton, great for dog walking
Old Hunstanton Beach
The empty beach at Old Hunstanton
North Norfolk Coast Path
The North Norfolk Coast Path at Brancaster
Beach Westie
Our westie George playing on the beach
Cromer Beach
Cromer beach, restrictions apply in summer
Mundesley Beach
Mundesley beach, restrictions apply in summer
Quiet beach at Sea Palling
Winterton Beach
Empty beach at Winterton on sea

Inland Walks - Norfolk has miles and miles of beautiful rural countryside. One good place is the ridge of heathland behind the coast between Salthouse, Weybourne and Sheringham. Many paths criss-cross this upland and it is a good place for a large dog to bound around without the fear of roads and nature reserves. Another good place is the woodland surrounding Sandringham (although dogs are not allowed in Sandringham itself).
Salthouse Heath
Walking the dogs on Salthouse Heath
Coast View
The view of the coast from Salthouse Heath
Weybourne View
View of Weybourne from Kelling Heath
Muckleburgh Hill View
Summit of Muckleburgh Hill Norfolk
Marriotts Way
The Marriott's Way a little out of Reepham
River Nar Walks
Walking along the banks of the River Nar at Castle Acre

The Norfolk Broads also contain many rural walks, with picturesque riverside views. Good pet friendly walks are to be found at Coltishall, Ranworth, South Walsham, Ludham and Thurne. Most Norfolk Broads boat hire companies on the Norfolk Broads, allow you to bring your pets with you.
Riverside path from Coltishall to Belaugh
The footpath near South Walsham Broad
Ludham Marshes Paths
Riverside footpath on Ludham marshes
Thurne View
View of Thurne windmill from Ludham marshes
Salhouse Woods
Woodland at Salhouse Broad
Salhouse Broad
The view over Salhouse Broad
Wherrymans Way Path
Walking the Wherryman's Way at Loddon on the Southern Broads
Fort Entrance
Exploring Burgh Castle on the Southern Broads
Norfolk Broads Cruising

Norfolk has many pet friendly Country Parks to enjoy. Some of these are attached to some of the famous stately homes. The best places are Holt Country Park, Bacton Woods (near North Walsham), Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall (near Aylsham), Sheringham Park and Holkham Hall.
Holt Country Park
Way marked country walks in Holt Country Park
Distant Figure
Distant figure in Holt Country Park
Bacton Wood
Bacton Wood near North Walsham
Felbrigg Hall
Felbrigg Hall near Cromer
Blickling Hall and Lake
Blickling Hall and Lake, loads of space for large dogs to run
Holkham Hall
The monument in Holkham park
Sheringham Country Park
Beautiful Sheringham Park, appreciated by both you and your dog!

Attractions - Many Norfolk attractions make pets welcome, although usually on a lead. We have pulled together some attractions where you can bring your pet with you - including day boat hire.
Bure Valley Railway
The Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham to Wroxham
Day Boat Hire
Day boat hire on the Norfolk Broads, such as at Wroxham
North Norfolk Railway
Dogs allowed on the North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham to Holt
Please note that the following attractions definitely do NOT allow dogs - Amazona Zoo, Banham Zoo, Bewilderwood, Bressingham Steam & Gardens, East Ruston Gardens and Hoveton Hall Gardens.

Pet Friendly Pubs - Norfolk is a pet friendly county and many Norfolk pubs allow dogs in the bar area. Below are some suggestions of places that you can take your dogs - we believe that they are all pet friendly. If you are turned away with your pet, do let us know and we will remove them from this section.
Nelson Head
The Nelson Head
Dun Cow Courtyard
The Dun Cow
Ship Inn
The Ship Inn
White Horse
The White Horse
South Walsham
The Ship Pub
The Ship
White Horse
The White Horse
The Malsters Pub
The Maltsters
New Inn
The New Inn
Burnham Market
Cley next the Sea
Old Hunstanton
Winterton on Sea
Hoste Arms
The Hoste Arms
Cley George Hotel
The George Hotel
Hunstanton Pub
Ancient Mariner Inn
Winterton Pub
Fishermans Return




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