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20km of sheer doggie delight Wells next the Sea, Norfolk

Some pub opening times and dog rules are still changing. Please check your chosen pub is able to welcome you before making plans.


We set off from our pub base in Wells to find the sea and walked to Holkham Estate and back across the endless sands and dunes. Before you can get onto the beach there is a sign pointing dog walkers away from the beach to a dog area. Don't be alarmed, this takes you to a lovely cafe area and car park which you skirt walking up a line of conifers to some steps. Up and over and miles of beach are yours to run free. We loved the Lookout cafe as you come off the beach towards Holkham. It is recently opened, has water points for dogs and people, toilets, nature notes and food and drink, all in the shape of a bird hide, with binoculars for anyone to use. We then chose to walk the Lake Walk on the Holkham Estate before returning to lunch at the Victoria and then back to the beach for the return leg. If you want a shorter walk you can walk directly on woodland paths from the Estate to Wells. But we wanted more beach!

Pub or Cafe Address

Park Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1RG


Open 7 days. Lunch served daily from 12 noon. For seasonal opening hours and food service times please check their website.

Menu Style

For full menu information, allergens, specials, prices and reservations please check their website.

Dog Rules

Dogs on leads welcome in the bar.



Turn left at the waterfront at Wells and keep walking.  It is tricky to know where exactly to come off the beach to gain access to the Outlook Cafe and adjacent car park through a gap in the dunes.  Ask locals or take a map.  I had a photo I took of the map on the desk of the TIC and it was all very easy.

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25 November 2022

Holkham beach and Holkham Hall

You can access the enormous beach from the car park at Lady Anne's drive but you have to pay for parking. Dogs need to be on leads as it gets busy in the summer, but once you are on the beach there are areas where you can let your dog off lead, except in the nesting season. You can also park within the grounds of Holkham Hall for £5 and walk the dog from there. There is an adventure playground there. The Victoria is certainly dog friendly, but a bit expensive. There is a cafe at the end of Lady Anne's Drive, which is cheaper.

Edited: 6th April 2024. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.