Wells-next-the-Sea: An afternoon out

I have written quite a bit about this small coastal town on my blog. Since moving to Norfolk, it has been our destination of choice when we have fancied an afternoon at the beach. It is only nineteen miles from here, so about twenty minutes in the car, when not travelling in peak season. As well as the quaint town and harbour, a long elevated pathway leads to wonderful beaches, fringed by pine forests, and the North Norfolk Coastal Path. Dogs are allowed in certain areas all year round, so it is an ideal place for us to go.

These are all large files, and can be clicked on for detail. However, it was getting late, and heat haze was a problem too.

In August 2012, we had been living here for almost seven months, and we went up to Wells for an afternoon out. Ollie was only six months old and still wearing his junior collar, as he ventured into the sea.


After a long walk along the beach, and a return through the pines, we headed back into town along the elevated path, to where we had parked the car. This is some distance, and takes around forty-five minutes to walk its whole length.


I zoomed in on some of the boats moored there. It was late afternoon, and a hot day. You can detect the haze in the photos.


The small town and harbour in the distance, only halfway along the path.


If you are ever in the area of North Norfolk, I can recommend Wells as a great place to visit. You can combine it with a trip to nearby Walsingham, a place full of history and interest. Here are some links to both places.

25 thoughts on “Wells-next-the-Sea: An afternoon out

    1. The tide does come in and out there, David. Glad you liked the post. Next time, I will take photos of the beach and pine forest. These were old shots, from my SLR.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  1. We didn’t even stop in Wells on our visit to North Norfolk as in August it is teeming! But we managed to park down Lady Anneโ€™s Drive near to Holkham beach and do the Lady Anne’s walk which is really nice – we walked one way along the beach to the beach huts at Wells and then back along by the pines. Of course in winter it was a very different scene. Nice to see it again. I must have another holiday in Norfolk.


    1. This was a busy afternoon in August, Jude. We had been forced to park in the ‘overflow’ car park, the Football Club grounds, which is why we were doing the long walk back. Even on a wintry Sunday, the beach car park can be full. It seems to be becoming more popular than ever, so we may have to look for a different spot soon.
      Regards as always, Pete. x

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        1. We have been to quite a few places on the east coast. Besides Yarmouth, which is still too tacky, we enjoyed an afternoon at nearby Caister, and Mundesley is very small and attractive too. Hemsby is awful, the worst kind of commercial place, yet blessed with a wonderful beach and dunes.
          We have yet to visit Happisburgh and Sea Palling, but have seen most of the rest. It is only about an hour by car, (out of season) as it is less than 50 miles away.
          Those areas suffered badly from erosion after the storms, and a lot of the east coast is still unstable for residents who are close to the ‘edge.’ (In more ways than one…)


          1. One of my favourite walks is from Weybourne to Sheringham. It’s dog friendly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Drive down to Weyborun beach, park your car and go east. You can walk the Ollie up on the cliffs and enjoy the terrific view, have a snack in Sheringham and walk back to your car on the beach. It’s consider to be one of the three most scenic routes on the coast, if not THE most scenic …


  2. Lovely Wells is always worth a visit, Pete. If I didn’t know the picturesque little town, I’d definitely put it on my list after reading your post! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I even recognized many of the boats, that’s a comforting feeling being in the Rhine Valley at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great reward to finally reach the beach after the 45 minutes walk out of centre. So lovely to see Ollie in the water!
    Wells is booming at the moment, well that’s what I’ve been told anyway. Getting more and more Blakenyish, aiming for Burnham upmarket. I suppose ether’s hardly a spot left on the coast, being a true fishermen’s port.
    Does Brancaster beach also allow dogs?
    Wishing you all a wonderful rest Sunday!
    Best regards from us all,


    1. I haven’t been to Brancaster Beach, Dina, just the muddy Staithe, near the car park. My neighbours go there with a dog though, so I presume that they are allowed there.
      Glad you liked the photos, to give you some good memories when you are in Bonn.
      I think that the offshore wind farms and dredging businesses are causing a mini-boom for Wells. It remains to be seen if it results in the same gentrification as the other places you mention.
      Love from Pete and Ollie. X

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    1. I feel sure you would like the old-world feel around here, Cindy. I know that you have travelled in the UK, but this region is still one of the least-populated areas in England. (At the moment…)
      Best wishes, Pete.


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