Out & About: Beaches

Blue Flag Award Beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk

Lowestoft (40 mins) - Lowestoft is renowned for the quality of its golden sandy beaches, with the beaches at North and South of Claremont Pier considered to be some of the very best in Europe. The beaches and seafront promenade provide a mix of the old and new, with popular seaside activities such as Donkey Rides, Victorian Seafront Gardens and new attractions such as the musical Royal Plain Fountains and the roller-skating rink at Claremont Pier.

Southwold Pier Beach (49 mins) - Southwold is a wonderfully traditional seaside resort nestled along the beautiful Suffolk coastline.The award-winning beach runs alongside rows of the famous Southwold beach huts. A sand and shingle shore, the sands are groyned but there's still good swimming if you're careful.

Sea Palling (50 mins) - Sea Palling is a small, quiet family seaside resort on the East Norfolk Coast. In 1995 the Environment Agency installed nine reefs just off the shore, to help protect the area. The beach and calm waters make it an ideal place to swim or for children to play and it is also very popular with the jet skiing community.

Cromer (59 mins) - Cromer is a popular destination for families and it is ideal for swimming. The beach is also a popular place to go surfing, due to its consistency and shelter, which is provided by the pier. The sand and shingle beach backs on to the North Norfolk cliffs. Rock pools are revealed at low tide.

Mundesley (60 mins) - The beautiful beach at Mundesley is one of the cleanest around and there are plentiful sands stretching for miles with very little shingle. The village itself is well served by local shops in and around its small High Street.

In addition to the above, the following beaches have been designated as having higher quality bathing by the Environment Agency:

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