Cley Marshes NWT reserve
Location: A149 coast road 7 miles west of Sheringham
Postcode: NR25 7SA; Grid Ref: TG054440
Norfolk Wildlife Trust's oldest and best known reserve. Shingle beach and saline lagoons, grazing marsh and reedbeds that support large numbers of wintering and migrating species along resident species including the iconic bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit. With a wide range of flora and fauna, accessible paths and hides providing more than simply birdwatching and whether walking along boardwalks or sitting on the benches among the whispering reeds savouring the diversity of sight and sound that nature offers throughout the season. View up close the everyday birds and insects from boardwalks and hides, sit in the visitor centre café with a drink and cake enjoying the panoramic views across the marshes, attend one of the many exhibitions and events.
Public transport: Designated stop at entrance, on Coasthopper route
Cycling or walking: Within easy reach of Norfolk Coast Cycleway and Norfolk Coast Path routes
Accessibility: The visitor centre, the reserves central hides and boardwalk to them are accessible, the path between the visitor centre and Cley village and the visitor centre to disabled parking area at East Bank along with the newly resurfaced East Bank path to the beach. Some eating throughout site. For full accessibility details ask at visitor centre
Parking: Free parking at visitor centre; charges at Beach Road car park for non-NWT members
Toilets: Modern environmentally friendly located at visitor centre, none on reserve or beach
Refreshments: Café at visitor centre allowing wide panoramic views of reserve; further outdoor seating plus picnic area. Cley-next-the-Sea village has a wide variety of places to eat.
Information and interpretation: Good throughout site, fully interactive in centre along with reserve camera and optics to look out across the reserve, shop and staff to advise. The Simon Aspinall education and exhibition facility, optics available, young people explorer pack. Reserve open all year, visitor centre closed Christmas and Boxing day. Explore the story of the Norfolk coast and reserve using the interactive equipment at the centre, take part in various seasonal activities and events. Suitable for all ages and levels of knowledge
Dogs: No dogs allowed on the reserve but they are allowed on footpaths outside of reserve to village and beach.
Cost: None for visitor centre; charge for entering reserve for non-NWT members and parking charges at Beach Road car park for non-NWT members when staffed.
Opening: Reserve open daily, visitor centre daily except Christmas day see NWT website for times.
Contact Cley Marshes Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve on 01263 740008 or go to https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-in-norfolk/nature-reserves/reserves/cley-marshes