Gorleston, on the Norfolk coast - what a large sandy beach
The coastal town of Gorleston can be found between Great Yarmouth
and Lowestoft, in south Norfolk. A much quieter version
of its neighbour, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston has a lovely wide and long sandy beach,
with one or two amusements, and of course, the obligatory fish and chip shop.
The large beach at Gorleston has a little something for everyone
Gorleston, what a beach
Gorleston is often overshadowed, in terms of the number of visitors, by Great Yarmouth. This
can really work to your advantage though, as the beach rarely gets packed. The north end of the beach is where the action is;
a small parade of shops, amusements, fish and chip shop and a restaurant give you the staples for a day on the beach (the photo below show the north end of the beach at Gorleston, taken from the top of the cliffs).
There are inflatable bouncy castle type shenanigans to try. For those looking to pop in the sea for a cool down, you'll
be pleased to hear the life guards keep an eye on proceedings during the summer months. And, of course, like all popular
beaches, dogs are banned during the high season (read more about dogs on the beach
The beach and bouncy castle at the northern end of Gorleston beach
Walk along the promenade
You can walk along the promenade, heading south, the beach is still expansive, but less popular away from
the north end. Midway along the promenade you can stop for a brew at Jay Jays cafe
open all year round, you can even sit outside during the winter months should you be hardy enough.
The south end of the promenade (approximately ½ mile) is the place to park your car. There is a free car park, as
well as plenty of road parking available.
Dogs on the beach
Although the popular north end of Gorleston beach doesn't allow dogs on the beach during the summer, you're
more than welcome to let your pet run riot in the surf at the south end of the promenade.
Whether or not you have a dog as part of the family, Gorleston beach will have something for you.
The views of the beach and cliffs at Gorleston, taken from the end of the pier
Take a holiday near Gorleston
There is a plethora of holiday cottages dotted along the north Suffolk and Norfolk coast. Pebble Cottage
is set nearly on the
sand at Pakefield - although you may want to head the 10 miles to Gorleston for a different view.
The Old Post Office
inland, and also about 10 miles from Gorleston.
Other cottages to look at include
both in Lound and, 5 miles from
Hobland Barn in Bradwell
, just a couple of miles
from that glorious coast.
is a short walk from the seafront.
You could also try a holiday lodge, such as
Fritton Lake Retreats
, which are a couple of miles down the road.
More of a drive are
Langmere Lakes Lodges
in Frettenham, nearly 30 miles
from Gorleston, but a lovely destination.
One last thing, you have to try one of the ice-creams at Dimascio's - they have more flavours than you could possibly have time to try!
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