Discover Cley next the sea
Cley next the Sea was an important trading port in the middle ages and is now best known for its renowned nature reserve. Between the village & the sea is Cley Marshes, a nature reserve owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust 'in perpetuity as a bird breeding sanctuary'. Cley's lagoons & beach, grazing marsh & reedbeds attract wintering and migrating wildfowl & waders, making it a haven for birdwatchers.
Standing on the edge of the marshes & the village is Cley's other famous landmark, an 18th century windmill. Now a guesthouse, it is open to the public offering fantastic views over marshland which was used for horse races in the early 19th century and was a haunt for smugglers! The shingle beach can be accessed through the marshes and is a great place for sea fishing.
Next to the village green sits the impressive 13th century St. Margaret's church. The narrow village streets are lined with unique shops including a smokehouse, bookshop, picnic fayre deli, tea shops & a pub and a shop selling hand-thrown stoneware pottery made on site.
Sitting on the Norfolk Coast Path, you can walk rom Cley to Holme next the Sea which joins the ancient Peddars Way National Trail.
With a good choice of accommodation, Cley is a tranquil place with a breathtaking landscape for those wanting to expore the coast and wildlife.