Things To Do In Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

Visiting Blakeney & Cley? We’ve got your itinerary covered

At Norfolk Cottage Agency, we’re clued up about where our properties are located. Our Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea self-catering holiday cottages are located in two of Norfolk’s finest and most popular coastal destinations.

For an enchanting trip on the North Norfolk coast, you should consider visiting Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea. Having started life as a busy medieval commercial port, Blakeney is now only home to recreational boats, paddleboarders, kayaks and various other water sports due to the estuary beginning to silt up.

With easy access to a plethora of top Norfolk pubs, harbours and quays, delicatessens, gift shops and so much more – even if you don’t stay in Blakeney or Cley-next-the-Sea, you’re definitely going to want to pay these quaint towns a visit!

If you’re looking for a dog-friendly cottage in the area, Astley House in Blakeney is a generously sized holiday home. This property sleeps 8 across 4 bedrooms, features 2 bathrooms and an enclosed back garden.

If you’d rather be closer to Cley-next-the-Sea than Blakeney, Loke House is a detached house full of character with a log burner in the family lounge. This cottage sleeps 8 across 4 bedrooms, features 3 bathrooms and is pet-friendly!

If you are planning to visit the coast soon – why not take a look at one of our holiday cottages? We have plenty of unique North Norfolk holiday homes dotted around the area.

History of Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

The third most important port in Norfolk in the 15th century when the Guildhall was built, Blakeney is a proud and glorious destination to visit in the modern day.

The Guildhall in Blakeney may have originally been a merchant’s house but eventually became home to Blakeney’s Guild of fish merchants by 1516 when they were granted a charter by Henry VIII.

Later into the mid-19th century, the undercroft of the Guildhall was used for storing coal, which was traded along the coast between Newcastle and London. Then, in the First World War, it served as a temporary mortuary for shipwrecked sailors.

As for Cley-next-the-Sea, it originally appeared in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Claia’ meaning ‘the place with clayey soil’. In 1253, Cley became home to a regular, weekly Friday market and a yearly fair.

Cley-next-the-Sea was an important port during the mediaeval and post-medieval periods, with Fishermen using it as a base and imports included salt, timber and canvas, with exports including salted fish and grain.

With the silting blocking commercial ships from entering Blakeney, this has left the town with a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks. It’s been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and calls itself home to hundreds of migrating birds, as well as large Common and Grey Seal colonies at Blakeney Point.

Cley-next-the-Sea was also an important port during the medieval and post-medieval periods. Imports through Cley included salt, timber and canvas, and exports included salted fish and grain.

Cley Marshes, an internationally important bird reserve, has been managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust since 1926. The marshes however face challenges due to coastal erosion, storms and rising sea levels which prompt concern for their future.

Visiting Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea is the perfect holiday destination for ramblers, casual walkers, bird watchers and those looking for a great place to relax.

When visiting the area, you’ll want to make sure you take advantage of the variety of things to see and do. From visiting the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Marshes and St Margaret’s Church, or Blakeney Point and the Blakeney National Nature Reserve, exploring the surrounding countryside is a great way to learn more about the area.

With so many pubs, cafes, delicatessens and more – you’ll be spoilt for choice of places to eat and drink in Blakeney and Cley.

However – we do recommend breaking up treating yourself to delicious goodies by visiting a few places while you stay with us!

Things To Do In Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes

The oldest Wildlife Trust nature reserve in the country – Cley Marshes was purchased in 1926 to be held “in perpetuity as a bird-breeding sanctuary”.

This has now become one of the country’s most popular birdwatching sites, attracting over 110,000 visitors each year.

Visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trust website to find out their seasonal wildlife highlights – perfect for helping you plan when to take your break if you’re an avid birdwatcher and there’s a specific bird you wish to see!

St Margaret’s Church

Once a devout Catholic Country, England is home to some fantastic church architecture. St Margaret’s Church in Cley-next-the-Sea is set on a gentle rise above a green, with scattered churchyard headstones some dating back to the 18th century.

Take a walk around St Margaret’s and view its stunning build, glass window designs and Old English artistic endeavours. This church is perfect for history enthusiasts.

Things To Do In Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea

Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point is perhaps what the Blakeney area is most famous for – a wonderful area for walking with a flat coastal path and great views out to sea. The main feature is its 6.4 kilometre (4 mile) spit of shingle and sand dunes, but the nature reserve itself includes salt marshes, tidal mudflats and reclaimed farmland.

The Point was formed by longshore drift, and this movement continues west with the spit lengthening by 132.1 metres between 1886 and 1925.

Blakeney Point is perfect for keen photographers as you can get a beautiful sunset, sunrise or coastal view.

Book your ideal Blakeney & Cley holiday cottage

Stay in the heart of a bustling North Norfolk port town, in perfect surroundings for ramblers, birdwatchers and historians alike by booking a self-catering holiday cottage in Blakeney & Cley-next-the-sea. For more information on what’s available when you book with us, get in touch with Norfolk Cottage Agency.