Location: North Norfolk coast between Wells and Sheringham
Large coastal village with traditional flint buildings and maritime history when as recent as 1588 the Glaven valley port of Blakeney was a major centre of shipping whereas today the tidal harbour is popular for its sailing and other water based activities. This attractive coastal village retains a thriving community with excellent services and facilities and of course Blakeney Point seal and bird colonies are a popular attraction for many visitors. Also popular is walking, particularly along the coast path to Morston where from the viewing tower you can scan the coast from Wells to Weybourne, take a seal boat trip and either walk or jump on the regular Coasthopper bus back to Blakeney. To the east the coast path loops out around the grazing marshes to Cley and to make a circular walk return along the coast road footpath. Interesting buildings open to the public include the 15th Century Guildhall and St Nicholas’ church.
Public transport: On Coasthopper and Sanders Coaches routes
Cycling or walking: Short link route to Norfolk Coast Cycleway and on the Norfolk Coast Path
Coast footpath is on an unmade surface and may not be suitable for all and a lot of the village and business being accessible.
Parking: Carnser ‘quayside’ is tidal, fee payable (National Trust members free); charge at High Street car park; free at village hall car park (additional overflow operates for village events)
Toilets: Modern on quay with additional in free village hall car park
Refreshments: Excellent variety of places to eat and stay locally all year round, quay vendors from Easter to October. Neighbouring villages also have good selection.
Information and interpretation: Wide selection of information boards and signs in car parks, around village, on quay and coast path through to Cley. Interesting buildings & architecture including historic 14th century Guildhall and the parish Church. Walk the coast path west to Morston Quay where the National Trust information centre has a viewing tower above, seal boat trips operate from the quay to Blakeney Point (be advised as you cannot walk to the point direct from Blakeney or Morston)
Dogs: Dogs allowed on most footpaths, under control to avoid disturbance of wildlife. Some restricted areas including seasonal – follow guidance signs.