West Runton


West Runton
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A quiet sand and shingle beach which can be popular with surfers. With a beach cafe and the Norfolk Coast Path running past the beach this is an ideal stop-off spot for walkers. The area is an SSSI and close to shore lies the largest chalk reef in Britain.


Surfing is popular here and there’s also horse riding and, a geologists haven - the area is excellent for fossil-hunting enthusiasts.

Wildlife and Walks

There are marked routes around nearby Felbrigg Hall and Beacon Hill. 8 miles NE along the coast is Cley Marshes Reserve, managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, where you might spot avocet, spoonbill, wigeon, marsh harrier and bearded tit. There is a a visitor centre with a cafe at the reserve.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

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 Excellent

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.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

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Facilities at West Runton

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops



Parking available next to the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are welcome - please check beach signs for any specific restrictions.

Beach cleaning

No current information



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 10th September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.