Blakeney Point is a 4 mile long spit on the North Norfolk coast that forms the centre-piece of the Blakeney National Nature Reserve. Blakeney Point is a National Trust property so more details can be found on their website.
What wildlife can I see?
The point is surrounded by saltmarshes, so is home to many residential and migratory birdlife, but the reason why we visit is that it is home to colonies of both habour (or common seals) and grey seals.
The grey seals come here to breed in the winter and during these months you can see literally thousands of seals and cubs on the beaches and dunes. The first time we went we were blown away to find an experience like this in the UK.
How to get there
North Norfolk is relatively remote in UK terms and although local buses run in the area, I’d recommend traveling around by car (or bike).
Although you can (tide and weather permitting) to Blakeney Point from Cley, the quickest way is by boat from Morston Quay. There are a number of operators that run boat trips to see the seals including Bishops Boats, Temples and Beans Boats.
However, if you’re going to go in the winter to see the grey seal pups (and you really should), then my tip would be to keep an eye out on the National Trust page for some special trips that include being guided round the point with one of the National Trust rangers (albeit with one of the above operators running the boat). These trips are not on the website all-year-round, you just have to keep checking to see if they’ve been posted up.
There is parking (free for National Trust Members), a NT cafe and NT information centre at Morston Quay.
Where to stay
Our favourite place to stay is the White Horse pub in Blakeney village, which is just a couple of minutes drive from Morston Quay. They have a number of cosy rooms, with a great breakfast. The White Horse serves some nice evening meals, real ales and has an extensive gin and tonic menu!
Blakeney also houses some nice little gift shops, a gallery and The Moorings restaurant. We’ve not eaten at The Moorings (they have reduced opening hours in the winter), but the reviews are good. The English Heritage owned Blakeney Guildhall is also to be found here, although most of it has been destroyed, the 14th century undercroft remains and is worth a few minutes to check out.
Where to eat
If you stay at the White Horse, then I can definitely recommend their evening menu, its good pub/gastro-pub fare. The cafe at Morston Quay serves tea, coffee, snacks and ice-cream (it’s more of a kiosk, than a cafe and there is no indoor-seating).