Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Walking trail

Take a leisurely, but active stroll, along Blakeney Point’s 4 mile-long (6.4km) shingle spit to the sand dunes near the Lifeboat House, home to a variety of unusual plants, and looking out for both grey and common seals on the way. Please note: we reserve the right to close sections of this walk at anytime with no warning for safety reasons.

Wildlife and restrictions

This area Blakeney Point is England's largest grey seal colony with seal pups being born from the end of October until the middle of January. During this time large areas of the end of Blakeney Point are fenced off. These fence lines are for your own safety as well as that of the seals. We would rather dogs be left at home but if you would like to bring your dog then we politely request that they are keep on short leads (1m) at all times. Our team are often present during the seal pupping season so please do speak to them and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Walk ideal for active people who don't mind walking on soft shingle.

Map

An OS map showing the route to Blakeney Point

Start:

Cley beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park, grid ref: TG048453

1

From the car park walk onto the shingle ridge towards the sea and turn left. If the tide is out, you can walk along the beach, which is a slightly easier surface to walk. The shingle ridge, which begins at Weybourne, is 8 miles (12km) long. and has grown westwards over time, forming Blakeney Point spit. Vegetated shingle is a rare habitat, home to scarce plants such as horned sea poppy, sea pea and shrubby sea blight. Half way along the ridge you will come across the Watch House From here, continue along the beach for another mile.

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a big blue sky with some fluffy white clouds on the horizon. there is sea to the right and a shingle beach to the left

2

At the start of the main dunes walk onto the top of the ridge and turn left, away from the sea, along a track towards the blue Lifeboat House, keeping the main dunes and fence line on your right. In this area there may be seals outside of the fence lines. Ensure you give them a wide berth as they can be particularly aggressive, especially if they have a pup.

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A young Blakeney seal pup

3

At the end of Beach Way you will reach the blue building that is Blakeney Point Lifeboat House. To the right of the Lifeboat House is a boardwalk that leads to the beach. Follow this through the dunes.

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The iconic blue Blakeney Point Lifeboat House

4

Once you reach the crest of the boardwalk you have arrived at the end of the walk. From here you get fantastic elevated views of the seal pup colony and surrounding dunes. Please do not enter fenced areas as this is for your own safety as well as that of the seals. From here follow your route back to Cley Beach Car Park.

Lots of seals and white fluffy pups laying the sand between bushes with the orange sunset giving everything a glow

End:

Cley beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park, grid ref: TG048453

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Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Terrain

Much of the route is on soft shingle, which can be difficult to walk on. Not suitable for pushchairs. This route is possible at all states of the tide, except during extreme weather, but is an easier walk at low tide. Important areas for breeding seals are fenced off and access is restricted, which includes much of the western end of the Point. Please follow on-site signage. 
Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Contact us

Telephone: 01263 740241

Email: norfolkcoast@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney

Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
Cley beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park, grid ref: TG048453
By train

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

By road

A149 King’s Lynn to Cromer coast road; Cley beach car park is signposted ‘Beach’ from A149 on edge of Cley village.

By foot

Coastal path runs 45 miles from Hunstanton to Cromer, passing Cley beach.

By ferry

We recommend the best way to see the seals is by taking a seal trip from Morston Quay. For more information see our handy advice

By bus

Norfolk Coasthopper, Cromer to Wells-Next-The-Sea. Bus stops at top of Beach Road, Cley - it's a 1 mile (1.6km) walk along Beach Road to Cley.

By bicycle

Norfolk Coast Cycleway (National Cycle Route 30) runs along quiet lanes from King’s Lynn to Cromer; it's a short detour to Cley beach

Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking : Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park at Cley Beach. (Free for NWT members - charges for NT members)
  • There are no facilities available on this route.