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Blakeney Village Sign

        © Alban Donohoe

Blakeney is an idyllic and largely unspoiled seaside village on the famously beautiful North Norfolk coast. It is also a thriving community with outstanding services and facilities.

As late as 1588, Blakeney remained a major centre of shipping and although Blakeney is no longer a centre of maritime trade, the sea continues to inform all aspects of life here. The beautiful tidal harbour is popular with yachtsmen, and on any summer day youngsters are to be seen enjoying themselves fishing for ghilly crabs at the Quay.

Boats in blakeney harbourBlakeney harbour and the surrounding marsh are exquisite, and walkers can savour the famed ‘big skies’ of North Norfolk. There are many pleasant walks in the area, not just along the coastal paths but through our lovely inland countryside as well. In contrast to the flat landscapes for which most of Norfolk is renowned, the Glaven area is characterised by undulating and surprisingly hilly countryside, which combines with the seascapes and the built environment to provide scenic delights.

Particularly worthy of attention is Blakeney Point, a bird and wildlife habitat of international importance, which is home not just to the famous seal colony but also, seasonally, to large numbers of terns. Bird-watching opportunities in the area are marvellous, not just on the marsh and at Blakeney Point but also at reserves in nearby locations such as Cley and Salthouse Heath.

Blakeney Seal

© Alban Donohoe

Regular boat trips to Blakeney Point are available throughout the year. Seal and landing trips depart from nearby Morston Harbour, timetables varying because of the tidal nature of these waters.

Within a few miles of Blakeney one can visit the historic Georgian former market town of Holt, and the outstanding North Norfolk railway, whose steam trains regularly convey passengers through exquisite coastal scenery from Holt to Weybourne and Sheringham. At the centre of Blakeney is The Pastures, a large green area which has been purchased by the village so that it will remain unspoiled in perpetuity.

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