Planning your visit to Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Blakeney Quay

Planning a visit to Blakeney National Nature Reserve but not quite sure how to get here, where to park or what facilities are available? Here is some helpful information to help you plan your visit.

Where to park your car...

Morston

Morston Quay Car Park

Parking is free for National Trust members and £6 all day for non-National Trust members. £8 cars and trailers, £10 coaches. Satnav: NR25 7BH. Please note: parts of this car park are subject to tidal flooding.

Blakeney Quay

Blakeney Quay Car Park

Parking is free for National Trust members and £6 all day for non-National Trust members. Satnav: NR25 7NE. This car park is jointly owned and managed by Blakeney Parish Council and National Trust. Please note: this car park is subject to tidal flooding.

a purple carpet of sea lavender under a grey sky

Stiffkey Greenway Car Park

Stiffkey Greenway Car Park is a small rough surface car park with enough room for approximately 25 cars. If it is busy then please leave and come back later. Parking is free. Satnav: NR23 1QF

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Cley Beach Car Park (for Blakeney Point)

The charging period is from 10am to 5pm every day, charging will be for a half day rate (3 hours) at £3 and a full day rate (6 hours) at £5. Free for Norfolk Wildlife Trust Members, chargeable for everyone else, including National Trust members. Cley Beach Car Park is owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Your nearest toilets...

sunset at morston quay with the black information centre in the foreground

Morston Quay

There are separate ladies and gents toilets and an accessible toilet available for all to use. We are following an enhanced cleaning schedule that will result in short closures during the day to allow cleaning. We ask for your patience in waiting whilst we carry this out.

Blakeney Quay

Blakeney Quay

The public toilets at Blakeney Quay are open and are just across the road from the car park. These toilets with disabled facilities are managed by North Norfolk District Council and are open all year round.

The iconic blue Blakeney Point Lifeboat House

Blakeney Point

The toilets on Blakeney Point are open.

Kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding from Blakeney or Morston? 

Find out where to get the latest harbour information, when the tide makes the harbour impassable, and why kayakers and canoeists and paddle boarders should keep their distance from the seal colony.

Launching information

Launching should be from the hard and not the slipway, as this is reserved for trailing boats.

The tide and the harbour at Morston Quay

Access to the harbour is constrained by the tide. The harbour empties at low tide and paddling back into Morston becomes impossible until the water level has risen again.

There’s also a very strong tide race around Blakeney Point. A light prevailing wind causes the sea state to become quite choppy and even rough in stronger winds against the tide.

You can find tide times and more harbour information on the Blakeney Harbour Association website and notice board.


Activity in the harbour

The harbour is often very busy in the hours just before and after high tide, when lots of commercial and pleasure craft use it – due to only being able to launch in a restricted tidal window.

Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards must keep clear of manoeuvring boats.

Paddlers can be difficult to see as they sit low in the water, so for your safety, please note that there’s a speed restriction for boats inside the harbour but not past the speed limit beacon.


Seal colony at Morston Quay

Please paddle responsibly and keep your distance from the seals. They’re wild animals and need their space. Seals around the harbour shouldn’t be disturbed as they may take to the water, causing their pups to drown if they follow their parents.

The best way to get close and personal to the seals on Blakeney Point is to book a trip on one of the locally operated boat trips departing from Morston Quay.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

From membership, to car parking or buying from our shop or refreshments kiosk; every time you visit you are helping to look after this special place.