Start: Blakeney, NR25 7ND (Approximate) Distance: 2¾ miles (3½ miles circular route) Level: Suitable for all the family Related Walks: « Morston Quay to Blakeney » Cley to Weybourne
It makes use of the Norfolk Coastal Path and offers exceptional views across the marshland.
There are plenty of car parking spaces in the National Trust car park adjacent to the quay. The car park is pay and display, currently £3.50 during the day. This fee is waived for National Trust members, check the sign for more details. Note that the car parks can be subject to flooding near the quayside.
After parking your car, head towards the car park kiosk and duck pond, and pick up the Norfolk Coast Path sign for Cley next the Sea.
The path is level, albeit slightly uneven in places, and heads towards the sea, not quite reaching the beach, the River Glaven blocking further progress in that direction.
The path brings you out onto the A149 near Cley Windmill; a landmark that can be marked from some distance away. The short walk along the A149 is navigated via a separate footpath which makes the walk much safer.
Cley is an interesting village with a number of pleasant cafés and tea rooms. We can recommend Cookes of Cley; they are licensed and offer light snacks; an excellent place to sample the local seafood.
The route is circular and can be extended via a walk along the A149 back to Blakeney, adding just over a mile onto the journey, up to a total distance of 3½ miles. There is a footpath along the route, with a couple of road crossings. You will pass the entrance for Wiveton Hall Cafe on the right.
Look out for St. Nicholas Church’s unusual twin towers (the second tower, is apparently a beacon), and shortly after, head right down High Street back towards the quay.
You can also return by catching the Coasthopper bus service back to Blakeney.
The Science Bit
We have tracked this walk for you using a Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS watch. This can be viewed without an account here:
Things to Do
- Look out for Cley Windmill
- Bird spotting
- A spot of lunch at Cookes Tea Room
- Make an afternoon of it at Wiveton Hall