The best beaches in Suffolk and Norfolk within easy reach of Cambs

With the future of international travel still fairly uncertain, and many anxious about trips abroad this year, a whole host of Brits are looking to holiday closer to home.

But just because we can’t be on the beach in Spain, Italy or other glamourous destinations doesn’t mean we can’t still have fun in the sun and eat ice creams on the sand.

The UK has some glorious beaches, from rugged and rural terrain to beach huts and piers, there are a huge variety of beaches around the UK, with many people lucky enough to live just minutes away.

Sadly, Cambridgeshire isn’t known for its beaches, well, other than Waterbeach, Landbeach, and the likes.

Cambridgeshire may be a landlocked county, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the fun of the beach this summer.

Whether you’re planning a day trip, or maybe fancy a slightly longer holiday by the seaside, you won’t have to travel too far to reach these beaches, which have been picked out by presenter Kate Humble for The Times as among the best in the country.

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Holkham beach, Norfolk

Holkham beach in Norfolk is just under two hour’s drive from Cambridge, with a stunning landscape of pine trees and sand dunes.

The area, part of the Holkham Estate, has a rich birdlife, perfect for any twitchers in the family.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, the estate also includes the Victoria Inn, with al fresco dining.

To change things up a bit, and step away from the sand for a spell, there’s also a deer park in the estate and Palladian hall.

Sand dunes where Norfolk Coast path National Trail from Barnham Overy Staithe reaches the sea at Holkham Bay
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During low tide, it’s a long walk out to the sea across a large expanse of sand perfect for running carefree, flying kites, and energetic dogs, horses, and children.

In high tide, the very high tides create a shallow lagoon in the semi-circular basin.

The beach is beautiful and unspoiled, and perfect to recreate your own movie star moment, as it’s the same beach Gwyneth Paltrow walked across in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love.

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Denes beach, Suffolk

On the eastern edge of the country and just a hop across the county border lies Suffolk, with its charming way of life and plenty of beaches.

While Southwold may seem like a busy tourist destination in the summer, if you head south from the pier you’ll come across a more secluded sand and shingle beach, Denes beach.

The beach, a two-hour drive from Cambridge, is backed by low dunes and marshland, with picturesque beach huts and a promenade framing the sand.

From here, you can walk across to the ‘foot ferry’ – a row-boat service which takes you across the River Blyth to the picturesque village of Walberswick.

The Denes, lagoon, Benacre, national nature reserve, Suffolk
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Walberswick has its own beach and nature reserve with marshy reed and heathland, which tends to be quieter than the popular hotspot of Southwold.

If you’re looking for an activity to keep yourself, and the kids, entertained, then it’s a great spot for crabbing.

In fact, Walberswick used to host the British Open Crabbing Championship, which ran from 1981 to 2010 and was hugely popular.

These are just two of the stunning beaches, there are plenty of other options, and all great for fish and chips at the seaside.

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