Stiffkey Salt Marsh

Discover Stiffkey

The coastal village of Stiffkey, in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to one of the country’s richest saltmarshes for wildlife.

Sitting on the coast within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village of Stiffey is renowned for its saltmarsh, one of the country’s richest in wildlife. This is due to the twisting muddy creeks which are flooded daily by the tide. Protected by many national and international designations, the vast expanse of pristine saltmarsh and huge horizons, owned by the National Trust, form part of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve.

The salt marsh is an important conservation area for breeding birds, and with the Norfolk Coast Path skirting the saltmarsh towards Blakeney to the east or to Wells-Next-The-Sea to the west, it is an ideal designation for walkers and bird watchers.

Stiffkey is also famous for its ‘Stewky Blues’ cockles, which are given their blue hue by the mud they live in. You will also find samphire growing here which is a local delicacy in many restaurants.

Just four miles along the coast you will find award-winning Holkham and Wells beaches. A little further along the coast road is Cley, the oldest Wildlife Trust nature reserve, as well as market towns Holt and Burnham Market.

With its rich nature and wonderful walks, all just a short drive away from its neighbouring towns and villages, as well as the coast, Stiffkey is an ideal holiday destination.

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