Visit West Runton

Rockpools at West Runton, by Matthew Roberts
Although not owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, West Runton beach is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and arguably the best site for exploring rock pools and the unique wildlife which are dependent in this harsh and very changeable habitat, in Norfolk. The site is renowned for the West Runton Elephant or Steppe Mammoth which fossil remains were found in 1990. The remains are now in the museum service care but many smaller fossils can still be found on the beach and seen in the cliff face which is fantastic for learning about the geology of the area.

The effects of coastal process on the site are also evident and so are the sea defences to help elevate the impact on the coastline which makes our ‘changing coastline’ session idea.

Contact information

To discuss a booking or for further information please call our reception team on 01603 625540 or email [email protected]


Postcode: NR27 9QP
West Runton is located on the A149 coast road half way between Sheringham and Cromer.

From Sheringham take the A149 towards Cromer. Once in West Runton look out for the ‘Village Inn’ pub and take the left turn immediately after the pub, signposted to the beach.

From Cromer take the A149 towards Sheringham. Once in West Runton look out for the ‘Village Inn’ pub on the right and take the road immediately before the pub signposted to the beach.

Follow the road (Water Lane) round to the right and carry on to the end. The beach car park is on the left

Sessions available at Thorpe Marshes


  • Rock pool Rummaging
  • Changing Coastline
  • Fascinating Fossils


  • Car and coach parking
  • Public toilets
  • No education centre
  • Cafe

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