Blakeney Point from Cley-next-the-Sea
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Walk Route Description
This walk starts from the attractive village of Cley-next the-Sea and follows the beach out to Blakeney Point. The route is straightforward although sections are across shingle beach so it is much tougher going than might be anticipated. The views are dependant on tides and there may be access restrictions in place during certain times of the year (mainly the breeding season) to protect the abundant wildlife in the Blakeney Point National nature Reserve.
The start is the village of Cley-next-the-Sea (Grid ref TG044437) opposite the 'Delicatessen' bus stop used by the Coast Hopper Bus Service. Almost opposite a waymarked path with the Acorn National Trail symbol leads you behind the backs of houses and past the windmill into open country. The path then continues alongside a road out to a car park (Grid ref. TG047452) and "Arkwright's Café" and the beach. This also provides a useful start for the walk for those with their own transport and saves about two miles of walking.
Turn left along the beach taking the easiest route. There is an information sign that provides useful background on Blakeney Point and its many attractions. Continue along the beach the Marrams (Grid Ref. TG028459). Across the channel you can see the villages of Cley and Blakeney. The view depends on tides, with high water producing vast expanses of water to your left. At low water it is a very different picture with mudflats dominant.
The beach gradually becomes more sandy and passing Long Hill on your left follow the indistinct path past the chalets to reach the old lifeboat house of Blakeney Point (Grid ref. TF998458). This is not marked on some OS maps but is indicated as being a telephone! Now owned by the National Trust there are toilets in season. From the old lifeboat house, walk north on the boardwalk back to the beach. Turn right along the beach and retrace your steps back to the start.
Note - There is an excellent bus service operating along the A149 coast road between Sheringham and Kings Lynn. Operated by Norfolk County Council, this 'Coast Hopper' service is useful for many walks as the bus route shadows the Norfolk Coast Path. This enables one way walks to be undertaken with relative ease but also means that other walks can be altered to suit your needs.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2401 Salthouse from Cley-next-the-Sea - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 1804 Cley next the Sea from Blakeney - easy - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1654 Cley next the Sea from Salthouse - easy - 6.7 miles/10.9 km
Walk 1600 Morston Salt Marshes from Morston Quay - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 2307 Blakeney from Morston Quay - easy - 2.0 miles/3.3 km
Walk 3732 Morston, Blakeney & Cley next the Sea - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 2653 Sheringham to Cley-next-the-Sea - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2081 Holkham Gap and West Beach from Wells-next-the-Sea - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 1908 Wells-next-the-Sea & Holkham Park - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2101 Holkham Park from Holkham - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
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