Heacham South Beach


Heacham South Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Heacham sands or ‘Stubborn sands’ form a rural part of an extensive beach which stretches South from Hunstanton. The beach becomes wilder to the south, with dunes behind and merging with the RSPBS Snettisham reserve.


Explore the lovely and quaint Heacham village nearby and smell the faint scent of lavender - on the outskirts of town is one of the largest lavender farms in the UK. Visitnorfolk.com has some excellent information on what’s in the area to see.

Wildlife and Walks

Holme Dunes National Nature Reserve is to the north of the beach and the RSPBs Snettisham Nature Reserve is to the south - both reserves have spectacular wildlife.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Heacham South Beach

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



There is parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

No current information