Blakeney Point Seals Walk
This beautiful National Nature Reserve on the Norfolk coast is a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit with sand dunes, salt marshes, tidal mudflats and farmland.
There is a mixed colony of around 500 seals which can be seen on the beach or from boat trips departing from Morston Quay to Blakeney Point. This is a very popular walk, running for just over 7 miles along the beach and shingle reach.
Start the walk from the good sized car park at Cley Beach at the end of Beach Road. It's located just to the north of the little village of Cley-Next-the-Sea. From the car park head west along the beach to the reserve where you will find a variety of rare flora and fauna. Look out for interesting plantlife including Sea Lavenders, Yellow-Horned Poppy and the white petals of Sea Campion. There is also an abundance of wildlife with migrant terns, the resident seals, wintering wildfowl and the occasional otter. The walk below takes you along the soft shingle beach and then on to the lifeboat house.
You can also catch boat trips to Blakeney Point from Morston Quay which has an excellent visitor centre. It has a wealth of information about the area and you can catch a boat from the pretty quay to the reserve. Morston is located just to the west of both Blakeney and Cley.
The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path runs past the reserve so you have the option of following this trail to some other lovely locations in the area. On the trail to the west is the Stiffkey Salt Marsh where you will find a vast open expanse of salt marshes which attracts large numbers of birdlife including waders and wintering wildfowl. If you head east along the trail you will pass Blakeney with its pretty key and then on to the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. This 430 acre reserve contains reed beds, freshwater marsh, pools and wet meadows.
PostcodeNR25 7SA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Blakeney Point Nature Reserve Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Blakeney Point Nature Reserve Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
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. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Blakeney Circular Walk starts from the car park in the village and explores the surrounding coast and countryside. It's a good way of visiting some of the highlights of the area including the other little villages and nature reserves.
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. To the south of Cockthorpe there's also some interesting local history at Binham Priory. Here you can explore substantial monastic ruins dating back to the 11th century.
Also to the south 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.