It may be a little chilly but it’s a superb time of year to visit the beautiful village and port of Blakeney. In January and February the beautiful North Norfolk Coast comes alive with wildlife. Here’s how to make the most of a trip to the area.
Situated at the mouth of the River Glaven on the north Norfolk coast between Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham, Blakeney is an attractive destination with narrow lanes of flint cottages, traditional pubs serving local real ale, a fine church and medieval Guildhall and, with the opportunities for crabbing, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, yachting and sailing pleasure craft, is a popular spot for tourists. .
Blakeney is also the perfect location from which to explore the great outdoors; the North Norfolk Coastal Path passes through the village, and it lies within Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Norfolk Heritage Coast.
The area has the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales, including the National Trust owned Blakeney Point, a three mile long sand and shingle spit, which is home to colonies of common and grey seals. At high tide you can take a boat trip from Morston Quay and get up close to the seals as they bask on the sand. Blakeney Point also offers a wilderness walk along dunes where rare turns make their nests in the safety of the reserve.
Take a boat trip to see the seals in their natural environment basking on Blakeney Point with Temples Seal Trips. Their red and white boats, Morston Ferry & the Four Sisters leave from Morston Quay, and all seal trips last approximately one hour with landing on Blakeney Point lasting for an additional 30 – 60 minutes. The Street, Morston 01263 740791 www.sealtrips.co.uk
EAT DRINK STAY
The Blakeney Hotel at Blakeney quayside has magnificent views across the estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point. There are sixty rooms, many of which offer views over the estuary, have balconies or patios leading to the gardens. The hotel has a heated swimming pool, steam room, sauna, spa bath and mini gym. The AA rosette award-winning restaurant serves English or continental breakfasts, light lunches, local, seasonal a la carte and daily table d’hote menus for residents and non-residents. The Quay 01263 740797
Blakeney Cottage Company
If you prefer a self-catering stay in a local cottage, this holiday letting company specialises in luxury cottages in and around the Blakeney area. There are around 50 cottages in Blakeney village, many sleeping 2-4, and a few that can accommodate larger groups. The Granary, High Street www.blakeneycottagecompany.co.uk 01263 741777
A few yards from the quay on the High Street The Moorings restaurant serves modern British cuisine. Here you’ll find cakes and coffee, local fish, shellfish, game in season, delicious meat and vegetarian dishes and tempting puddings. Open daily from 10.30am. Supper from 6.30pm Tues-Sat, and Sunday lunch. High Street 01263 740054