Information on Beaches

Cley, Salthouse, Kelling and Weybourne in north Norfolk offer relatively deep water close in, and are typical shingle bank beaches.

When the sea is rough here, leave your tackle in the water too long and it will be buried by the churning stones and lost to you forever! The wreck between Kelling and Weybourne is a popular mark.

Cley, Salthouse and Weybourne offer car parking facilities at the beach, Salthouse currently not charging a fee. Kelling is difficult to access by road.

Cromer offers the pier for fishing and usually turns up some excellent specimens during the season. However, tackle can be lost from this structure and a good drop net is required.

No naked flame lights are permitted on the pier. This venue is popular with holiday makers and crab fishing is popular! Car parking is available in the town car parks. Tackle shop in Cromer with bait available, and an even larger one in Sheringham.

Trimingham gives way to a shallow flat sandy beach at the bottom of the cliff face and is accessible by road with care. A small car parking area is available, but this beach can be popular with the watercraft brigade. Being a flat sandy beach, one is frequently pushed off the beach when the sea reaches the cliff base at high water.

Mundesley is another flat sandy ever changing beach and is accessible from steep concrete pathway ramps and steps. Car parking is available in the pay and display car park at the top of the access point in the town.

Most of the beaches from here south in Norfolk are typical flat sandy or mixed sand and shingle beaches, and with the strong tides frequently change in nature. One thing is for certain, each year the beaches change some have more sand, others devoid of sand. Anglers would do well to visit their chosen venue at low water to assess the potential fishing marks.

Bacton and Walcott are easily accessible by road, with close by car parking. These can best be described as flat sand beaches and low water marks.

Waxham when last visited was devoid of sand from the beach leaving just marl to get tackle snagged up in, a tackle graveyard at that time. Today, who knows? A limited amount of parking is available at the roadside approaching the beach.

Sea Palling offers a changing sand beach with pay car parking close by. It is this part of the Norfolk coastline that the Environment Agency built huge rock outcrops parallel to the shoreline as sea defences, and have caused the sand to move considerably.

The massive rock structures can produce some good bass fishing, but please be aware of the dangers produced by these structures.

Caister (lifeboat station) accessible from good sized car park is another beach where the ravages of nature and sea have altered the venue detrimentally. Historically we have had some good cod catches from this beach, but not to our small group in more recent years.

Gt. Yarmouth north beach reaches up to Caister and offers a huge expense of sandy beach from which to fish. The town end is the shortest walk to the water! Venue can be snaggy from lost tackle and natural hazards like weed.

Popular venue with local inshore drift netsmen and often a conflict to shore anglers! Usually produces some fish. South beach behind the pleasure centre varies from the north beach, and when one is not fishing, the other usually is. However, a new outer harbour has been built recently and may interfere with this venue.

Gorleston has the river/harbour entrance and outer harbour wall to fish. Lots of snags, but usually produces some sport. Parking relatively easy, roadside and car parks. Good tackle shop by harbour road.

Gorleston beach is flat sand accessible from car park at top of low cliff. Car park locked at night. One known local never fishes any other beach, is a good caster and mostly catches something!

Hopton and Tramps Alley are more difficult to access these days from car due to restricted parking, but usually can be regarded as productive beaches. Again flat sand.

Lowestoft north beach has rough ground easy parking for cars (narrow entrance) with easy access beach. Sand and groins with old wartime sea defences creating lots of snags. However, can be a productive venue when they are having it!

Lowestoft ('Birdseye factory') rock sea defence walling and can produce fish. Not the easiest venue, but sometimes popular with those who know the venue.

Pakefield, south of the town is a very popular venue and car parking now all pay and display. Don't get caught out by the near invisible signs! Reasonably easy walk from the car parks to a vast expanse of beach, and often a very productive mark. Individual in-the-know anglers have their own preferred spots from this beach.

Kessingland is a lengthy walk across a shingle beach. An exposed beach with little cover from the elements, but can produce fish in the right conditions. Car parking more difficult at this venue.

Southwold Pier can be fished on a day ticket during daylight hours, but night fishing is controlled / limited to the local angling club. However, the pier does offer access to deeper water that most cannot achieve from the beach.

Southwold has changed in recent years, with much of the south beach sand being washed away, meaning one has to be vigilant about the sea coming in behind you. However, historically this has always been one of our favoured venues.

Dunwich is a popular venue for sole early in the season and later for other species. A shelving beach with easy access from a free, rough ground car park.

Minsmere National Trust provides pay and display car parking on the low cliff with access to the flat sandy beach. A bit of a drag when returning laden with fish! Can be a very productive beach when the fish are in, but not too often these days.

Sizewell (Nuclear Power Station) village provides pay car parking and easy walk to the flat shingle beach. Being shingle, don't leave your lines in the water for too long in rough weather because they will be buried by the moving stones and terminal tackle lost for ever!

Aldeburgh dirty wall / Martello tower south of the town offers alongside free car parking and easy access to the beach. A very popular venue and quite frequently no space left, at weekends in particular.

Orford Ness / Orford Island accessible by ferry boat from Orford, or from Aldeburgh dirty wall to gate key holders with 4 x 4 vehicles.

See the angling press for more details on these venues, or consult local tackle shops and tourist boards.