Planning your visit to Blakeney National Nature Reserve
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.
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 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.