Once a medieval commercial port, the charming coastal village of Blakeney is an amazing landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks.
Located in North Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney is a perfect destination to explore the true North Norfolk Coast.
At its heart is the National Nature Reserve with wide-open spaces and uninterrupted views of the coastline, ideal for walking and spotting local wildlife including seals and migratory birds. The village has pretty flint cottages, once home to the local fisherman, and there are plenty of places to eat as well as pubs, gift shops and art galleries to visit.
From Blakeney, you can take a boat trip to Blakeney Point (as well as Morston Quay) to visit the seal colonies in this National Nature Reserve, managed by the National Trust. Blakeney Point is a perfect breeding site for grey seals and their pups, born from November to early January, and is the largest seal colony in England with over 2,000 seal pups born annually.
The Point itself is created by alongshore drift across the River Glaven and is constantly re-shaped by the tides and currents. These conditions provide an ideal spot for the local delicacy samphire to grow.
A couple of miles walk away is Cley-next-the-Sea offering great views across the marshes. The Point can also be accessed on foot from Cley-next-the-Sea, but visitors, particularly those with dogs, should check restrictions protecting nesting birds and fragile habitats.
Blakeney is excellent for birdwatching. Look out for Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers, Brent Geese and Common Teal.