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Blakeney

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Blakeney is a small village in Norfolk.

Understand[edit]

Blakeney Point Nature Reserve
Grey seals at Blakeney Point

The village is located on the north Norfolk coast within the Norfolk Coast Area of Natural Beauty (ANOB) and the Norfolk Heritage Coast. A lovely village but most travellers will be going there for the surrounding countryside, beaches and wildlife. Blakeney is close to several wildlife conservation areas and areas of the coast have legal protections in place.

The nearby Seal Colony on Blakeney Point attracts many visitors (see Do section). Both Grey seals and Harbour seals (also known as Common Seals) "haul out" and breed on the Point. Grey seal pups are born on land with their distinctive white coats between Nov and early Jan. They then feed on their mothers milk for around 3 weeks after which they shed their white fur and are left to fend for themselves. Females breed shortly after having their pups and dominant males fight for territory (making the colony a dangerous place for humans). Through protection and conservation the Grey Seal population at Blakeney Point has grown significantly and it is now the largest seal colony in the England. Harbour (or Common) seals have their young between June and Aug but unlike Grey Seal pups, they can swim almost immediately.

When the UK government initiated a plan for a number of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), independent bodies were handed the task of identifying areas to become MCZs and to consult with all interested parties, etc. In their final recommendations, parts of Blakeney Marshes were to become an MCZ. However politicians became "luke-warm" about the plans and cut them back significantly and, after local campaigns the Blakeney Marsh MCZ plan was dropped.

Get in[edit]

Map of Blakeney (Norfolk)

The village is served by several roads.

There are some local bus services. Sanders Coaches service 46 runs between Holt and Wells-next-the-Sea.

Regional Cycle Route 30 runs just ½ mile to the S of the village and there is a short local cycle network spur connecting it to the village.

Norfolk Coast Path. A long distance footpath running from Hunstanton to Sea Palling but also linking to the Peddlars Way long distance footpath Norfolk Coast Path (Q7051001) on Wikidata Norfolk Coast Path on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Blakeney

The village is small enough to walk around.

See[edit]

Blakeney point lifeboat station
  • 1 Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes, NR25 7SA. internationally reputed as a premier birdwatching site, popular with birds and visitors all year round. No dogs. £5 (Norfolk Wildlife Trust members: free). Cley Marshes (Q2979003) on Wikidata Cley Marshes on Wikipedia
  • 2 Blakeney Point (Blakeney National Nature Reserve). spit of shingle and sand dunes Blakeney Point (Q4924624) on Wikidata Blakeney Point on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • Birdwatching, Blakeney Point.

Take a ferry to see the Common and Grey seals at Blakeney Point. Departure times and availability depend on the tides. The ferry stays within the harbor and doesn't venture to the open sea. Morston is the more interesting place to depart from. You can always pop over to the Anchor Pub to warm up afterwards. Trips are operated by the following companies:

Seals Blakeney Point

Hiking & Walking[edit]

  • Norfolk Coast Path. Can be followed from Cley along to Holme Next The Sea where it joins the ancient Peddars Way National Trail - ideal for those who like something more challenging. Norfolk Coast Path (Q7051001) on Wikidata Norfolk Coast Path on Wikipedia
  • Local Circular Walks. Many walks of varying length.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 The Anchor Shop, 35 High St, NR25 7NA, +44 1263 740360. Gifts, cards and beautiful things for the coastal home
  • 2 Spar (food shop & convenience store), 7-9 Westgate St, NR25 7NQ, +44 1263 740339. M-Su 07:00-22:00. ATM, Post Office (different hours).
  • 3 Westons Fish Shop, 5a Westgate St, NR25 7NQ, +44 1263 741112. Summer: All day, every day. Winter: M-F 09:00-14:00. Sa all day. Su 09:00-16:00.. Fish shop, including Cromer crabs and Norfolk lobster.
  • 4 Blakeney Crab Shed, 63 New Road, NR25 7PA, +44 1263 740988. Apr-Oct daily 09:30-17:30. Local oysters and muscles. Fresh carb and lobster (from their boat). Home made crab cakes

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Kings Arms (Traditional Inn), Westgate Street, NR25 7NQ, +44 1263 740 341. Food, accommodation, drinks.
  • 2 The White Horse, 4 High Street, NR25 7AL, +44 1263 740574, . Food, accommodation, drinks.
  • 3 Grey Seal Coffee, 5 Westgate St, NR25 7NQ. M-Su 09:00-16:00. Espresso based coffees using our single origin beans and espresso blends.These change daily. Our whole milk is from Marybelle in Suffolk and pastries are fresh daily.

Sleep[edit]

Stay Healthy[edit]

Connect[edit]

Telephone area code (0)1263

Go next[edit]

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