Get close to nature in Blakeney

May 20, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Destination Guide

Blakeney is a lovely coastal village, one of the most enchanting on the North Norfolk Coast. Once a commercial seaport the harbour is now silted up, and only small boats can make their way out to the sea. The village is set on a small hill leading down to the harbour and has pretty flint cottages, shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs lining the streets.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are endless views across the estuary and salt marshes out to Blakeney Point, owned by the National Trust. This four-mile spit of shingle and sand is home to a large colony of seals as well as other wildlife and birds and is a truly special place at any time of the year. The moving tides, covering the salt marshes or exposing the harbour, combined with the varying light of Norfolk’s big skies, create an ever-changing scene. The most popular attractions are the seals however there is an abundant array of other wildlife and birds to be seen. The best way to get close to the nature and see the wildlife, especially the seals, is by enjoying a trip on one of the local boats.

However it is possible to walk out to The Point from Cley-Next-The-Sea, however this is not for the faint-hearted as the route is not an easy one across the marshes, shingle banks and dykes. Cley-Next-The-Sea is another charming village a couple of miles along the coast from Blakeney. It is difficult to believe that it was once one of the busiest ports in the whole of England. The twin landmarks of the village are Cley Windmill and St. Margaret’s Church, perfectly situated by the village green.

Holiday cottages Blakeney Norfolk

blakeney2Bloater Cottage, one of a row, is a small Grade II listed brick and flint holiday cottage in Blakeney. Refurbished to a high contemporary country style it retains its original charm and character.
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blakeney3Set in the heart of Blakeney, this pretty character holiday cottage, one of a row, is tucked away off the road and is comfortably furnished, boasting character flooring and a wood-burning stove.
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blakeney4This beamed cottage – with modern kitchen and modern, refurbished bathroom – is set at the heart of Blakeney, just 200 yards from the salt-marshes, quay, coastal walks and bird-watching.
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blakeney5Seagulls enjoys far-reaching, spectacular views across the Blakeney salt-marshes from full-length windows in the first floor living room. It is set at the end of a quiet no-through road with a sheltered, secluded garden.