Things to do in and around Blakeney North Norfolk
Many people visit Blakeney just to sit on the quay and watch the boats, the crab fishers, and in summer the children swimming in the quay. However if you are feeling a bit more energetic there is lots more you can do.
Crab Fishing in Blakeney Norfolk
A firm favourite with the young and the young at heart. This is a wonderful way to while away a couple of hours on Blakeney Quay with your children. In our experience its best to do this on a warm day & to fish on an incoming tide and to take your time.
Children once they start to crab fish often do not want to stop until the bucket is full, so it is best to give it the time it requires without rushing off to the next activity. It is one of those family memories that you will cherish and that your children will remember fondly and will probably do with their own children.We have devoted a whole page to the art of crab fishing in Blakeney with lots of tips that may help to make it run smoothly
Play on the small beach in Blakeney at low tide and paddle in the quay
Walking from Blakeney Quay
There are lots of lovely walks that start from the quay in Blakeney. The best known is probably the walk from the National Trust car park on the quay. from here you are able to walk out along the Blakeney cut, and at low tide out into the bay (check tide times always) Its also possible to walk all the way to Cley Next the Sea to the East, or Morston to the west along the heritage coastal path.
Walking from Blakeney to Cley Next The Sea along the recently repaired coastal footpath
The walk is flat and fairly easy going and passes right past the famous Cley Windmill. There are tea rooms and pubs in Cley as well as the Cley Deli, if you need some refreshment when you get there. The walk is suitable for older children, although may be too long for very young children & toddlers. OK for pushchairs, although off roaders with 3 wheels will find it easier. The walk is about 1 mile each way. Take your binoculars if you have any, as there are lots of interesting birds to be seen on the marshes.
Walk to Morston Quay
You can also walk or jog from the other end of Blakeney quay to Morston quay (avoid this walk at very high tides as it goes under water). This is a much shorter walk and takes about 20-30 minutes each way. There is a small tea , ice-cream & sweets bar at Morston in the summer months for refreshment before the walk back. The Eccles cakes are scrummy !
There is also a short circular walk around the National Trust grounds near the bird sanctuary
The entrance is just past the Manor Hotel. The walk takes about 15-20 minutes. In autumn there is an abundance of blackberries, which make the most excellent blackberry jam. In Summer & Autumn you can also walk through to the Wiveton Hall Farm Shop and Tearooms. The path from Blakeney is permissive across the National Trust land at the bottom of back lane, and unfortunately dogs, even on leads are not aloud.
You can also walk through the National Trust land to the Wiveton Fruit Farm & tearooms
This is one of our personal favourite walks as your are rewarded at the end of it by fabulous views and a wonderful tearomm / restaurant. You walk to the tearooms from Blakeney across a private footpath through the National Trust land, so avoiding the traffic. The farm shop is great in summer with pick your own fruit, and is great for the kids and adults alike.
We sometimes walk back along the road to Blakeney (pavement is narrow) although the walk through the National Trust land is much nicer and traffic free. The only down side is you are not aloud to take you dogs through the National Trust land even on leads, although the Wiveton Fruit Farm cafe is dog friendly.
Take the children to the spar to buy sweets & then to the park in Blakeney
My children's personal favourite walk is to walk from the quay, about half way up the High Street , down Little Lane (off to the right) , across The Pastures field and to the Spar to buy sweets! This takes you past all the gorgeous cottages and lokes off The High Street, as well as letting the kids burn off some energy running across The Pastures. In summer the hollyhocks down the lokes are spectacular. If they are still feeling energetic there is a children's playground, tennis courts (bookable at the Spar ) and football fields across the main road next to the community centre.
Wal to the house boat in Blakeney harbour
Blakeney high street
Most visitors will enjoy exploring the Streets, Lanes and Lokes which lead off the High Street and Back lane.
Blakeney point harbour tours
A Boat Trip To See The Seals At Blakeney Point
A very popular attraction for visitors to Blakeney North Norfolk is a boat trip to see the seal colonies at Blakeney point. The boat trips vary, depending on the tides, seal trips are approximately one hour, seal trips and landing on Blakeney Point up to two hours, where landing is usually optional. Seal trips depart most days in high season depending on the tides & weather from Morston & BlakeneyClick here for more information about Boat trips to sea the Seals at Blakeney Point
Sailing from Blakeney
Sailing from Blakeney quay and boat yard is available all year. the quay is full of boats and the Blakeney sailing club is based on the causner by the National trust car park. Blakeney is a great place to sail from, but the cut is only navigable at high tides.The outer harbour and bay offers sheltered sailing and a summer sail school.
John Ware wallace
Thousands of visitors each year walk out from the quay towards blakeney point along the causeway bequested by John Ware Wallace. This memorial plaque is located jast beyond the wooded foot bridge leading from the sailing club boat yard.
A sailors memorail
The mooring memorial to Flt Lt Nicholas Gresham Cooke DFC, keen sailor in Blakeney Harbour, killed in action May 1940 aged 26.
Visit St Nicholas Church in Blakeney
Lovely welcoming medieval chuch near the main coast road set up above the village of Blakeney. Worth a visit to look at the medieval architecture & carvings and the stained glass windows. Tea and coffee always available.
More things to do and see near Blakeney
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