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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Holkham Beach tide times & sea state

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 1ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 0ft 9s  °  ° 6mph
18:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:23
Sunrise06:58
Sunset17:21
Dark17:56

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 2ft 3s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 2ft 4s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise06:56
Sunset17:23
Dark17:58

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 5mph
12:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 1ft 4s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:19
Sunrise06:53
Sunset17:25
Dark18:00

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 0ft 3s  °  ° 6mph
12:00 0ft 3s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 0ft 9s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:16
Sunrise06:51
Sunset17:27
Dark18:02

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 0ft 2s  °  ° 5mph
12:00 0ft 2s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise06:49
Sunset17:29
Dark18:04

Wed 27/02 »

Surf report for Wed 27/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 1ft 3s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 1ft 2s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 1ft 2s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 06:01am (2.28m)
High 12:18pm (4.26m)
Low 06:40pm (2.38m)
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:47
Sunset17:31
Dark18:05

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

6 °C
(42 °F)

Light breeze, 12.2 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

6.7°C / 44°F

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