GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blakeney Circular Walk

9 miles (14 km)

This circular walk explores the coast and countryside around the village of Blakeney on the Norfolk Coast. The route runs for just under 9 miles with a small hill climb on the way.
Start the walk from the public car park in the centre of the village. The trail then heads north through the village to pick up the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path. You can follow the waymarked trail west along Morston Marshes to Morston. There's lovely views of Morston Creek and the marshes where there's lots of wildlife to see. In the village there is a visitor centre and the option of picking up a boat trip.
After strolling around Morston the route heads back to Morston Downs before turning south to climb along Blakeney Downs to Kettle Hill. Trail continue south east towards Wiveton Downs where you pick up a country lane heading east towards the village of Wiveton. Here you cross the River Glaven on the 15th century Wiveton Bridge before turning north to visit Cley Next the Sea.
After passing through the village you continue north past Cley Windmill to reach the coast at the site of the former Blakeney Chapel. Here the coast path turns to the west before turning to the south to return you to Blakeney.

Blakeney Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blakeney Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the 18th century Kings Arms in Blakeney for some post walk refreshments. The Georgian Inn has an interior with bags of character including cosy little alcoves and interesting pictures, photos and posters on the walls. Outside there's a nice garden area where you can enjoy your meal on a fine day. The pub is located in a wonderful spot just yards from Blakeney Quay. You can find the pub on Westgate Street at a postcode of NR25 7NQ for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The area around the village is a lovely place to walk the dog. The King's Arms pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area try the Blakeney Seal Walk visits the Blakeney Point Nature Reserve. It's located just to the north west of the village and includes a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit with sand dunes, salt marshes, tidal mudflats and farmland.
You could also visit the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve just to the north of Cley. It's another great bird spotting site with 430 acres of reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows.
At Morston you can pick up the Cockthorpe Circular Walk which visits Stiffkey Marshes, the River Stiffkey and the green fields around Cockthorpe Common away from the coast.
Just south of Wiveton village there's the lovely Wiveton Downs to explore. The nature reserve is a delightful place for a peaceful stroll in the area. From the elevated position of the Downs there's fine views towards the coast and countryside.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Walks page.

Photos

Blakeney - geograph.org.uk - 204774

Blakeney

Across Morston Salt Marshes - geograph.org.uk - 928102

Across Morston Salt Marshes. The near boats are in an upper reach of Morston Creek, with the lower reach marked by the line of boats in the background. Beyond are the sandbanks at the end of Blakeney Point.

Morston Creek - geograph.org.uk - 848290

Morston Creek with Blakeney church in the background.

Wiveton Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 841511

Wiveton Bridge. This old bridge spanning the River Glaven is located a short distance south of St Mary's church - it has a single arch and dates from the 15th century. A chapel once used to stand close by the bridge and it is believed that the brick buttress platform on one corner of the bridge might be associated with it. No trace remains of the chapel.

St Mary's church - geograph.org.uk - 840845

St Mary's church near Wiveton and Cley. St Mary's church faces the village green with what remains of a village pump in its centre. This view was taken from the single track road that connects Wiveton with Cley, a short distance further to the northeast. Dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, the church was extensively restored but a late 14th century font remains and the tower screen has presumably been fashioned from parts of the 15th century rood screen. The unusual stained glass in the aisle windows and the west window date from 1874. There are also a few interesting brasses, one a very rare so-called cadaver brass - a shrouded skeleton - to Thomas Brigge (d. 1470). The church is open every day.

Cley Windmill - geograph.org.uk - 622303

Cley Windmill

The site of Blakeney Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 980743

The site of Blakeney Chapel Still marked as such on OS maps, nothing remains of the so-called Blakeney Chapel, located in the corner where the Peddars Way/Norfolk Coast Path makes a sharp turn to the west.

Blakeney - geograph.org.uk - 848297

Blakeney. The King's Arms. It may have been built in 1760.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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