Holkham Beach

Holkham beach, Norfolk

Holkham beach is widely regarded as the finest beach in Norfolk, and by some the UK. In fact a recent survey amongst travel editors and writers put Holkham beach right at the top of the list. Whilst I don't agree with this result, it is still a very fine beach.

The beach at Holkham is a great expanse of fine golden white sand which stretches off in every direction. For England there is a rare feeling of massive space and wilderness. This is probably what inspired the director of the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love" to use the beach in the final scene with Gwyneth Paltrow walking across the sands of a low tide, Holkham beach.

The beach at Holkam is part of a nature reserve owned by the Earl of Leicester as part of his Holkham Estate. Backing onto windswept dunes, salt marshes and a pine forest the area is teeming with bird life. Pink-footed geese along with various finches and pipits are all visitors to Holkham.
One drawback to the beach's status as a nature reserve is that barbecues aren't allowed

At low tide the walk to the sea is considerable. You'll probably see dogs running like they've never run before and often horse riders skirting the surf.
At high tide Holkam is a very different place. The beach doesn't feel so huge as the shoreline moves closer to the dunes and pine trees beyond. The high tide sand is different too; not like that further out which is perfect for making sand castles, but dry fine sand covered in broken sea shells. As the tide comes back in a shallow basin in the sand fills with water forming a lagoon.

In recent years there has been a deal of controversy about Holkham's useas a naturist beach. The estate tried to enforce a ban on nudity but British Naturism threatened legal action after which this was lifted. However, there are still restrictions with the sand dunes behind the beach being out of bounds to nudists. All the areas favoured by naturists are well signed so if you think you may be offended they are easily avoided.

Holkham Beach Weather Info

5 Day Holkham Beach UV Index

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Temperature Averages

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Holkham Beach tide times & sea state

Tue 10/12 »

Surf report for Tue 10/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 34mph
18:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 35mph
Tide times
Low 12:01am (1.28m)
High 5:31am (4.61m)
Low 12:23pm (1.01m)
High 5:58pm (4.68m)
Daylight
First light07:16
Sunrise07:58
Sunset15:40
Dark16:21

Wed 11/12 »

Surf report for Wed 11/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 12:41am (1.12m)
High 6:07am (4.71m)
Low 1:00pm (0.95m)
High 6:31pm (4.78m)
Daylight
First light07:17
Sunrise07:59
Sunset15:40
Dark16:21

Thu 12/12 »

Surf report for Thu 12/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 23mph
18:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 34mph
Tide times
Low 1:22am (1.00m)
High 6:46am (4.79m)
Low 1:38pm (0.94m)
High 7:04pm (4.86m)
Daylight
First light07:18
Sunrise08:00
Sunset15:40
Dark16:21

Fri 13/12 »

Surf report for Fri 13/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 33mph
18:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 2:03am (0.92m)
High 7:28am (4.82m)
Low 2:17pm (0.99m)
High 7:40pm (4.89m)
Daylight
First light07:19
Sunrise08:01
Sunset15:39
Dark16:21

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 5s  °  ° 44mph
12:00 7ft 6s  °  ° 38mph
18:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 36mph
Tide times
Low 2:46am (0.87m)
High 8:12am (4.79m)
Low 2:57pm (1.08m)
High 8:19pm (4.89m)
Daylight
First light07:20
Sunrise08:02
Sunset15:39
Dark16:21

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 32mph
18:00 4ft 5s  °  ° 27mph
Tide times
Low 3:31am (0.88m)
High 9:01am (4.70m)
Low 3:39pm (1.23m)
High 9:02pm (4.82m)
Daylight
First light07:21
Sunrise08:03
Sunset15:40
Dark16:22

Today's weather

Light rain

12 °C
(53 °F)

Strong breeze, 47.5 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

7.9°C / 46.3°F

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