Cromer Beach

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Cromer Beach
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Karen Tann
419 contributions
Friends
Whenever I visit Cromer it seems to be bleak and usually windy. That is part of its charm. The lower concrete promenade runs alongside the beach. From here you get to see the raw power of the waves as 5they crash onto the beach. In fact, the large pebbles that make up a lot of the beach add to the drama by making a rumbling sound as they are churned by the sea. It is actually an attraction to either dodge the water or film it as the biggest waves hit the sea wall and splash on to the promenade. From the promenade you can see the pier and above you the dramatic architecture of the Victorian era buildings made of flint. There are a few amusements, cafes, beach huts and benches to sit on as you walk along the seafront. Above is the town and along the cliff top grassy areas with paths and steps leading down to the beach every so often. Further along the beach becomes sandier.
Written September 24, 2020
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The Chef's Wife.
Norfolk, UK801 contributions
I visited here with my husband for a midweek day out.
We have both been before.

We parked in Cromer itself and as we got there very early, parked for free.
There are plenty of car parks available but they do get very busy in peak periods.

The beach is lovely.
As it was the summer holidays, we went early to avoid all the children and tourists.

We walked from Cromer down to West Runton and back again.

The beach is large and there is plenty of room for everybody.
There are lifeguards in the busy areas close to the town so this is where most people (especially tourists) congregate.
There are much quieter patches if you walk down the beach for just a few minutes.

You can hire paddleboards and other similar items. And you can also pay for lessons too if you want to.

There are public toilets and although not great, they are standard for beachfront public toilets that are free.

There are lots of places to get hold and cold food and snacks and drinks.

The pier is lovely and you can go crabbing from there.

There are sandy and pebbled areas so lots to choose from.

There are rock pools for people to spend time looking through.

We both really like Cromer and it's beach.
But all the tourists flock there and it can get very, very busy. Not sure why as there are much nicer beaches and seaside towns here!

We will definitely return as it is a nice way to pass a few hours.
Written August 11, 2021
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Louise R
2 contributions
Family
We went to visit for the first time and spent the afternoon here. We found this beach lovely and refreshing and quieter compared to other beaches such as Skegness and ingolmells - Cromer is full of charm with a vintage feel, with a pirate ship themed free play area for the kids, and reasonably priced food, drink and parking. The beach was lovely and a mix of pebbles and sand, perfect for kids who love to both look for pebbles and make sand castles. We will definitely return.
Written June 1, 2022
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Rory E
Edinburgh, UK45 contributions
Family
People rave about this beach, but I have no idea why. We were there on the hottest day in July, on a Sunday too, so it was very busy. Fair enough. However, this is not what I’d call a beach - large, sharp shingle, with small patches of sand, strewn all over with rubbish. Dirty, filthy and uncomfortable. The sea slopes away sharply, and is bedded with razor sharp rocks, so you can’t swim or paddle. On top of all this, the walk down from the car park is long and although not super steep, when you’re covered in sand, have cuts all over your feet from the shingle and stones, have a two year old with you and it’s 28 degrees, you can see why walking uphill for 20 minutes might not be everyone’s idea of fun. I know there’ll be a lot of people saying “duh, it’s a beach, of course you need to walk down to it”. I just can’t help thinking that whoever successfully marketed this beach as “Notfolk’s gem” (because that’s what people call it) must’ve been a miracle worker. I’ve been to a lot of beaches in my life, and this is nothing at all to write home about.
Written July 18, 2021
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Fred G
York, UK96 contributions
Family
First ever visit to Cromer today whilst on holiday in Norfolk. Disjointed, lifeless town with no definitive 'centre', just a few streets straggling off other streets. A couple of interesting gift shops and some nice old architecture. The people seem friendly, the beach is nice up near the beach hut end, but the pier is very average and even a walk to the end didn't stir up much interest in our group. After 2 hours, we were struggling to find things to do/see, but we'd paid £6 for 4 hours parking.
Came specifically to try the 'famous' Cromer crab......but it was closed 😕
Written February 14, 2022
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK1,568 contributions
First time to Cromer. Always been keen to visit but with this our first time into Norfolk it looked like a lot of people had the same idea. Took a while to park the car but we did so eventually a little bit further up from the main centre. Wow it was busy with people walking around and of course using the beach. It’s a classic English beach with a pier, gift shops, cafés and indeed fish & chips. The beach itself is sandy although had some rocks around so perhaps a few rockpools if you are lucky. You could walk the coast path for ours and then return for a bite to eat. However at the height of Summer that popularity has drawbacks with large queues for food & drinks. But after all that we have been through during Covid it was nice to see the local businesses taking some money. If it is busy though just bear in mind the traffic too!
Written August 28, 2021
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Hum
60 contributions
If parking, West Runton is the place to park at the holiday park. The beach is lovely with soft sand and choppy waves but after 12pm it can be extremely busy. Cromer town always has lots to offer though it can be very busy and narrow. Arcade at the bottom is great and you can win tokens as well as 2p change machines - meaning more likely to be prizes.
Written June 5, 2021
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James P
Cambridge, UK2,308 contributions
Couples
We spent a week in Cromer, staying in an Airbnb. We visited the beach each day and although the weather wasn't great everyday we still enjoyed the time. There is little beach at high tide, so check the local tide times. At low tide there is some sand but still mostly large stones. The beach is big so walking a few hundred yards along means that you have plenty of space around you.
Written October 10, 2020
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suesalford
Cadishead, UK389 contributions
Friends
What a delight Cromer turned out to be. A long promenade both along the beach and sea, but also along the top of the cliffs too. Parking along the top and a couple of car parks in the town. We enjoyed this stroll and there continued to be a path along the beach. At one end are the working boats complete with the most amazing array of antique tractors, beach huts all the way, both the concrete municipal type and the individual wooden pastel painted huts too. Facilities look good with at least two sets of toilets, the RNLI museum, the pier and of course in the summer the Bogarty goats too. These rare breed goats arrive in the spring to keep the vegetation under control on the cliffs - an inspired idea.
Although there is a big drop from the top to the bottom of the beach, there are a number of steps but also sloped access, vehicle access for blue badge holders, and there is a lift by the museum if you need it. A really lovely seaside town, which would be great for families and others alike
Written March 5, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,815 contributions
I visited Cromer Beach in February, it was a bit chilly but it is still a great place to visit. The beach stretches for quite a distance and so there is plenty of space. You can walk quite a distance along the beach and it is fairly easy on the feet.

The majority of the beach is sandy but there are stones/pebbles so be careful if you are barefoot. There are a number of groynes along the beach to prevent longshore drift so be careful if you are jumping over them.

It is a great place to walk and experience the fresh air and feel good.
Written February 12, 2020
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