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Beach Guide


The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea
Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

The beach at Wells is at least a mile from the town. You can either walk there, drive, or during the summer, take the miniature railway.

At the end of Beach Road is a caravan site which also provides activities like crazy golf.

Wells gets its name from the springs which rise through the ground. The sandy beach, backed by dunes and pine trees, stretches for miles to the west. Eastwards, the beach continues but can be cut off by the tide.

Further along are salt marshes. The area is part of a nature reserve. Sprats and whelks are local specialities. The beach is part of the Holkham Estate.

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There are toilets and a public shower in the car park. Five beach huts are available for day hire from the Caravan Park. The area is good for bird-watching. The caravan park has a boating lake, trampolines, crazy golf and a fish and chip shop. There is a café near the beach and an ice cream van in the car park. In Wells town, there is the harbour, amusement arcades and shops. A regatta and carnival are held in August.

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Dogs are banned from a 200-yard stretch of the beach between the beginning of May and the end of September.

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There are no lifeguards but a beach warden is on duty from the beginning of May until the end of September. A siren is sounded when the tide is coming in and there is a danger of being trapped on the wrong side of the channel. A lifeboat is based at Wells. First aid is available. Click here for our top ten tips for beach safety.

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The 300-space car park is pay and display. One ticket lasts all day.

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There are some disabled spaces in the car park but normal charges are levied. In the car park there is one toilet for the disabled. As the ramp to the beach is steep, help is advisable. There is no access to the beach huts for wheelchair users.

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See also:
Salt spray & seaweed
Coast & country
St Walstan's
Broads Crusing
Internet links:

Tidy Britain Group - Blue Flags and Seaside Awards
Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Trinity House lighthouses
Britannia Theatre, Yarmouth
Pavilion Theatre, Hunstanton
Splash Leisure Centre
North Norfolk Steam Railway
Sheringham Golf Club

Pinewoods Holiday Park, Wells-next-the-Sea
Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
North Norfolk District Council
King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
The Holkham Estate

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