Blakeney

Blakeney is a small, attractive village on the North Norfolk coast, popular with holiday-makers and locals alike.  For those who want a car-free week, Blakeney has enough pubs, restaurants, shops, amenities and attractions to make this a reality.  There is a good local (dog-friendly) pub (The King's Arms), a gastro-pub (The White Horse), a good restaurant (The Moorings), two hotels (The Blakeney Hotel and The Blakeney Manor) and community rooms (The Harbour Rooms) where local musicians and drama groups perform.  There is also a well-stocked supermarket, a delicatessen (Blakeney Deli) and a wet-fish shop (Westons).  The fish & chip van calls once a week!

There is a football pitch and two all-weather tennis courts adjoining the village hall.  Antique and book fairs take place on a regular basis in the village hall, and there are two art galleries which sell work by local artists, as well as a gift shop selling many local crafts.

There are numerous walks starting from Blakeney.  At low tide, a walk along the Blakeney Carnser is a must for the wonderful views back towards Blakeney.  Alternatively, walks along the Norfolk Coast Path to Cley to the east and Morston to the west are highly-recommended.  Walks inland to Wiveton, Langham, Glandford and surrounding areas are equally lovely.  If the walk home proves too much, there are good public transport services, including the Coasthopper bus which runs through Blakeney towards either Kings Lynn or Cromer.

For keen bird-watchers, the North Norfolk Coast offers many opportunities.  Blakeney Point itself is a paradise for all kinds of seabirds and other wildlife.  The Norfolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve on Cley Marshes is home to large numbers of wintering and migrating wildfowl and waders, as well as bittern, marsh harrier and bearded tit.  The RSPB reserve at Titchwell Marsh is also a must for bird-watchers.

Blakeney Sailing Club is very active in the summer and has a regatta during the summer holidays.  Boat trips of a different kind can be taken from Morston Quay to see the seal colony at Blakeney Point.  For land-lubbers, an afternoon spent crabbing on Blakeney Quay can be just as enjoyable.The live webcam gives a great live view of Blakeney Quay.

The wealth of attractions and facilities in and around Blakeney make for a very self-contained holiday and many people return year after year.