10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea

Top Reasons To Stay in Blakeney or Cley

If you’re thinking of holidaying on the North Norfolk coast, then we have 10 reasons why you should choose to stay in Blakeney or Cley. You can find the villages of Blakeney and Cley-Next-The-Sea between Stiffkey to the East, and Salthouse to the West – read on to find out more about these charming villages.

10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea

Coastal Beauty

These two coastal villages boast uninterrupted views of the North Sea. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere, and listen to the sounds of the waves. Blakeney Point Beach is a designated site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and is also a National Nature Reserve managed by the Natural Trust. Blakeney Beach is more than your average beach because it is a haven for walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Picturesque Quays

The quays of Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea are postcard-perfect. Stroll along the harbours, watch the boats bobbing in the water, and capture the essence of maritime life. Blakeney Quay is a tidal creek that provides access to the Harbour, Blakeney Point and finally the North Sea. The quay is a hotspot for those looking to do some crabbing, mud sliding, sunset watching or looking for a boat trip to see the local seals.

Nature Reserves

Due to Blakeney Point being a National Trust nature reserve, it is home to many seals and an array of bird species. By taking a boat trip from Blakeney, you can witness this wildlife basking in their natural habitat, without disturbing them.

Coastal Walks

Many beautiful walks in Blakeney and Cley wind their way through salt marshes, dunes, and beaches, offering breathtaking coastline views. There is even a dedicated walk between the two villages that’s about 4.4 miles long, and is mostly flat – making it an easy route for novice walkers. It takes about two hours to walk from one village to the other, even when stopping to admire the views!

10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea
10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea

Historical Charm

Both villages are steeped in history. Explore Blakeney’s mediaeval guildhall and Cley-next-the-Sea’s historic windmill. The streets are lined with quaint cottages, each telling a story of times gone by. Blakeney started life as a busy mediaeval port until the estuary began to silt up which prevented larger boats from using the waterway. Cley was once one of the busiest ports in England where grain, malt, fish and coal were imported and exported. There are many historical buildings to visit in this area including, some of which have appeared in famous paintings or films.

Artistic Inspirations

Blakeney is known for its artistic community, and Cley-next-the-Sea is home to art galleries such as Pinkfoot Gallery. The gallery is home to a vast array of stunning artworks from local artists showcasing the outstanding beauty of the area.

Birdwatching Haven

This area of North Norfolk is a paradise for birdwatchers. Grab your binoculars and spot a variety of bird species in this renowned bird watching destination. This is a thriving nesting location for Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Black-headed Gulls and the occasional Mediterranean Gull. It is an occasional passage for autumn migrants including a few species of Warbler and the Pink-footed Goose.

Food & Drink

Savour the flavours of Norfolk in the local eateries in these two villages. From fresh seafood in Blakeney to cosy tea rooms in Cley-next-the-Sea, there is much to explore and Norfolk has so much to offer. If you’re looking for something a little different, there are a few breweries nearby such as: Moongazer Ale near Thursford, the Whin Hill Cider shop in Wells, and Poppyland Brewery in Cromer.

10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea
10 Reasons To Stay in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea

Peace & Quiet

Above all, these villages offer a slower pace of life. Whether you’re unwinding in a local tearoom, enjoying a seaside walk, or simply enjoying the sights, Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea provide the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Quaint Accommodations

Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea offer a range of beautiful holiday cottage accommodations. Loke House in Cley-Next-The-Sea is a lovely detached flint property tucked away in the centre of the village. There is also Astley House which can be found in Blakeney. This large property sleeps 8 guests and offers a beautiful hub after a day of exploring the local area.

Book Your Next Holiday in Blakeney or Cley

If you’re visiting North Norfolk on your holidays, why not stay in one of these charming little villages? If you would like to experience the best that these villages have to offer, get in touch with us at the Norfolk Cottage Agency to find your next getaway.