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Seals and sailing have made Blakeney famous
Where is Blakeney?
Nestling off the main A149 coast road mid-way between Sheringham and Wells. Those travelling from inland should head to Holt, then from neighbouring Letheringsett cut through the picturesque villages of Glandford and Wiveton.
It's a picturesque village tucked in the claw of beautiful Blakeney Point a nature reserve teaming with birds, seals and wonderful plant life sprouting the mud and creeks.
It used to be a major harbour for big trading ships (see the size of some of the ancient anchors left behind in the
channels) but is now a pleasure-sailing centre.
What to do and see in Blakeney
Walk along the quayside with its collection of colourful boats.
Stroll out a little way into the marshes through the Carnser car park, which is also covered with a fleet of mast-clinking sailing dinghies.
The channels are a haven for children and dogs at low tide. And it is a wonderfully atmospheric place to watch the sun set. But the creeks and marshes around Blakeney can be dangerous so be careful, check the tides and dont go wandering on the marshes when the tides are due to come in.
Dont forget to fit in a stroll around the village, with its quaint flint-faced cottages. Check out the Guildhall, once a mortuary for drowned sailors.
Good hotels, pubs and cafes abound in the main streets. Wander, browse the menus and make your choice. There are some upmarket clothes and gallery-type shops, plus a chandlers for your boating needs; but also some village stores for everyday items.
How do we get to the seals?
A boat trip is best to see the seals off Blakeney.
Boats leave the harbour as well as the quay at neighbouring Morston and chug up the channels.
Children love peering out to the Point looking for the basking seals. (Beans Boats 01263 740505, Bishops 740753, Temples 740791).
What else is in the area?
The landmark parish church of St Nicholas, with its dinky extra little tower, is well worth a look back on the coast road.
It has won awards for being visitor-friendly and has a childrens area where they can colour and play while the grown-ups take in the magnificent building, which is often a venue for arts events.
The neighbouring village of Cley is also a favourite spot for those who enjoy nature with its access to a world-renowned bird reserve.
Further to the east is the Muckleburgh Collection military museum, brimming full of wartime nostalgia, history and things for the children to do.
Inland, watch glass-blowing at Langham Glass, and a see a working watermill make flour at Letheringsett.