4 Star Norfolk holiday cottages in lovely locations on the North Norfolk coast 

Horses and horse riding


The beaches in north Norfolk offer really outstanding spaces for you and your horse to have a truly memorable ride.  The beach at Holkham is particularly renowned  for its equestrian visitors, which include the Kings Troop. There is an area for parking trailers and lorries, as well as a dedicated horse walk through the dunes, across the marsh flats and onto the beach.  You are likely to encounter dogs, children, kites, windbreakers – and bikes! So if your horse is nervous or young, plan to ride with a friend and go outside peak season, all these wonderful locations are within easy reach of our both of our Norfolk holiday cottages.


Holkham Beach 


There is now a pay and display machine at the car park, at the top end where the boxes park. At busy times there is usually a car park attendant on duty as well, who can issue you a ticket. The cost of parking a trailer or horsebox there is £12 and we recommend you have this ready in one pound coins, although you can pay by credit card. It may sound a lot but it is worth it. There is no water there for offering the horses a drink or for washing them down afterwards, so take your own.


If it’s your first time riding on the beach, do feel free to call us and we are happy to help based on our own experience. It is advisable to prepare for the beach as per XC – i.e. wear long sleeves and body protectors in case of a fall –sand and shells can give you a very nasty graze!




You can ride down the beach road to Brancaster which also provides a great space at low tide for a superb gallop. The car park by the golf club does NOT provide access for trailers and boxes, so you will need to park at the top of the road next to the church or on Mill Road which is directly opposite the church (going uphill to Docking)


Holme next the Sea


You can also ride at Holme which is a lovely riding beach, but it is not so easy to park there and I would recommend keeping your horse nearby if you are staying at Barnwell. The parking at Barnwell does allow for a trailer to be reversed in and parked whilst you ride, if you are keeping your horse at a distance. It does not accommodate even a small lorry, so do call me to discuss if you need to.


There is grazing available in Holme  village, please call Pam Griffin on 01485 525665 or 07798 637751 or Email: pamgriffin@tiscali.co.uk




There are a number of places which can take horses on holiday livery within easy reach of our Norfolk holiday cottages, please call them direct with plenty of notice and discuss your needs as they are always busy!


SUSSEX FARM, Brancaster, Call Emily Lochore : 07767 420357, There is a full range of facilities here, with a superb XC course and excellent coaching from Emily.

Bluestone Farm, South Creake,Call Annette Knight : 07816 589480, FIND MY FIRST HORSE, This is a small ex-hunting yard from where Annette runs her horse-finding business.


Both yards offer extensive off-road hacking but if you want to look for a few excursions, take a look at these bridlepath options as well:   READ MORE on ACTIVITIES on the next page