Blakeney Freshes Coastal Wildlife walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Walking trail

This walk through Blakeney Village and around Blakeney Freshes is fantastic for spotting wildlife, especially birds. Keep an eye out for them on the grazing marshes and reed beds. Take a leisurely walk along sections of the Norfolk Coast path. There are also excellent views to enjoy as you stroll around Blakeney and Cley harbours. Make time to visit 15c St. Nicholas' church near the bus stop. An ideal walk for families.

Blakeney history

Blakeney was once a prosperous mediaeval port, but went into decline when it's sea channels silted up. The salt marsh and sand bars attracted thousands of birds making it a favourite shooting spot for Victorians. In 1912 The National Trust purchased the area from Cley Beach to the tip of the peninsula of Blakeney Point.


Blakeney Freshes Walk Map


Bus stop, Blakeney Church, grid ref: TG032436


From the bus stop head away from the church into Blakeney Village and turn right down the High Street. At the end of the High Street, you will come out onto Blakeney Quay.

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Blakeney Quay


Cross the main car-parking area of the quay and walk up onto the bank on the right hand side. From here you can see Blakeney Freshes on your right. Take the footpath on top of the bank out towards the harbour.


Follow the same footpath round to the right.

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Flock of British Golden Plovers in flight


Continue along the footpath beside the river, turning right to head back inland.

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a bearded reedling sitting on a reed stem


Keep to the footpath on the bank until you reach the A149 between Blakeney and Cley-next-the-sea. Cross the road and turn right, walk up the hill and cross the road again and stay on the pavement until you are back at the bus stop near St. Nicholas' Church.

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St. Nicholas' Church, Blakeney


Bus stop, Blakeney Church, grid ref: TG032436

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Blakeney Freshes Coastal Wildlife walk, Blakeney, Norfolk


A circular walk along mostly flat ground. Points 2 to 5 follow the Norfolk Coast Path along a good surface on top of a grassy bank. Part of the walk is on a pavement alongside the coast road. Dogs welcome under close control along the Norfolk Coast Path on points 2 to 5 and leads are recommended along roadside sections of the walk. For more information visit our website below.

Blakeney Freshes Coastal Wildlife walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

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Blakeney Freshes Coastal Wildlife walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

How to get here

Bus stop, Blakeney Church, grid ref: TG032436
By train

Sheringham 8 miles (12km) east of Cley, then take Coasthopper bus to Cley.

By road

A149 Sheringham to King’s Lynn coast road

By foot

Norfolk Coast Path runs 45 miles from Hunstanton to Cromer, passing Blakeney.

By bus

Norfolk Coasthopper, Sheringham to Hunstanton, for Blakeney, Morston & Stiffkey.

By bicycle

Norfolk Coast Cycleway (National Cycle Network 30) runs along quiet lanes from King’s Lynn to Cromer. It's an easy 1 mile (1.6km) detour to Blakeney.

Blakeney Freshes Coastal Wildlife walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • This walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Parking : Blakeney Quay, Morston and Stiffkey (Free for National Trust members)
  • WC's : At Blakeney and Morston Quay (not National Trust), and St. Nicholas' church, Blakeney.
  • Food and drink : Establishments at Blakeney, Morston and Stiffkey. Refreshments at St. Nicholas' church, Blakeney.
  • Dogs welcome on Coasthopper bus