Amongst the delightful villages dotted along the North Norfolk coast, you’ll come across the beautiful Blakeney. Once a medieval commercial port transporting spices and oriental cloths, as well as a few smugglers, the estuary today is a fascinating landscape of marshes, mud banks and sand hills. It is a designated area of natural beauty and home to hundreds of breeds of migrating birds as well as large Common and Grey Seal colonies at Blakeney Point.
The village is filled with pretty flint cottages, once the welcoming and warm homes of local fisherman. From the traditional coastal pub The Kings Arms to the more gastronomic fayre at The White Horse, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating. The Moorings is a charming cafe by day and a renowned bistro restaurant by night and a short walk away is Wiveton Hall Cafe which is well worth a visit especially for its famous Tapas and BBQ evenings in the summer.
Amongst the diverse eateries, there are plenty of opportunities to shop and view wonderful artwork. The Pastures is a perfect green space for a family picnic on a warm day, while on the village outskirts lies St Nicholas church, built between the 13th and 15th century and unusually has two towers. A couple of miles walk away is Cley next the Sea, which boasts great views across the marshes.
Blakeney has something for everyone, with crabbing on The Quay to entertain children and adults alike, as well as the numerous tranquil walks amongst the wonderful scenery of the salt marshes, the coastal path and out towards Cley beach.
The Blakeney National Nature Reserve is one of the largest expanses of undeveloped coastal habitat of its type in Europe. It has long been recognised as a highly important area for its wide range of rare coastal plants and wildlife. The vast areas of unusual habitat such as pristine salt marsh, vegetated shingle and sand dunes, attract a colourful array of wildlife from uncommon sea birds to the seals colonies that prosper on Blakeney Point. Needless to say the area is incredibly popular with nature lovers and birdwatchers. Although there are some restricted areas during the main bird breeding season the nature reserve is largely free to roam.
Blakeney is one of the most picturesque, quintessential coastal villages in the U.K. Almost entirely unspoilt, Blakeney has an enormous character that provides the perfect home, as well as home away from home.