Located off Cley Road approximately two miles north of Holt, 100m after the right hand turning marked to Salthouse. A grey slate "SLB" sign marks the private gravel driveway that leads to the gated courtyard. From within Holt take the road opposite the Kings Head pub, adjacent to the Barclays Bank.
Approximately 1.5 miles south of Cley, just after the farm building and Swan Lodge Cottage on the left, on the dead straight section of road. From within Cley, turn off the coast road at the sharp turning by Picnic Fayre, sign posted towards Holt, continue along this road past the church and up the hill, around the right hand corner, for one mile.
The seemingly endless shingle beach at Cley is a hugely popular with bird watchers, walkers and families. The beach is also suitable for sea fishing. It can be accessed via Beach Road by car or on foot along one of the footpaths through the marshes from the village. There is parking at the beach Car Park with a small fee going to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The beach also comprises the northern boundary of the world famous Cley Marshes. A recently constructed visitor's centre located on the main coast road includes a cafe and four hides, remote control wildlife cameras and a bookshop. Telephone: 01263 740008
For more information: www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/
The beach at Holkham is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand in the country. Four miles of white-gold sand, with shells to collect and pine woods to explore. Large dunes to sit amongst whilst having picnics. The actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand at low tide during the closing scenes of the film 'Shakespeare in Love'. Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which, at very high tides, rapidly fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon. Holkham Beach is also part of one of the largest Nature Reserves in the country, which is managed by Natural England in partnership with Holkham Estate.
For more information: www.holkham.co.uk/
The nearest beach to Swan Lodge Barns, this shingle beach is a great place for healthy walks. There is free parking at the beach and during peak periods a mobile coffee van is often to be found there. Lovely views in all directions. Turn left from the barns, first left again towards Salthouse. Straight over two cross roads, go down into the village, turn right onto the coast road and after 300m turn left onto Beach Road.
Great for families, this is a wonderful sandy beach, backed by a line of colourful beach huts, dunes and pine trees, stretching for miles to the west. Eastwards, the beach continues but can be cut off by the tide. The vast un-spoilt beach and woodland is part of the Holkham Estate and provides ample opportunity to enjoy peace and solitude. There are WCs, a cafe and shop located next to the 300 space pay-and-display car park. During the peak months a miniature railway operates taking visitors to and from the town centre which is a mile to the south.