Blakeney Point

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The charming coastal village of Blakeney was historically a medieval commercial port transporting spices and oriental cloths, as well as a few smugglers! The estuary today is an amazing landscape of marshes, mud banks and sand hills and mud banks. 
Blakeney Harbour
Grey Seals
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Blakeney, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is an ideal base to explore the north Norfolk Coast. At the heart, is Blakeney 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 local fisherman, and there are plenty of places to eat and stay as well as pubs, gift shops and art galleries. 

Tucked away in an alley just off the quay is Blakeney Guildhall, where you will find the remains of the house of a prosperous Blakeney merchant, which has a fine 15th century brick-vaulted undercroft. On the village outskirts, lies St Nicholas church, built between the 13th and 15th century, which unusually, has two towers. A couple of miles walk away is Cley next the Sea with great views across the marshes and it was this marshland that was used for horse races up to the early 19th century and was a regular haunt for smugglers!

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 during November to early January, and is the largest seal colony in England with over 2,000 seal pups born annually. This are is created by longshore drift across the River Glaven and the tides and currents constantly re-shape the coastline. This makes the area a favourable spot for local delicacy samphire to grow.

SEAL BOAT TRIPS

The Point can be accessed on foot from Cley-next-the-Sea, but visitors, particularly those with dogs, should check restrictions protecting nesting birds and fragile habitats. Excellent for birdwatching, look out for ringed plovers, oystercatchers, brent geese and common teal.

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