Walking

Walking trail

Blakeney Point Coastal walk, Blakeney, Norfolk

Walking trail

This walk follows Blakeney Point’s 4 mile-long (6.4km) shingle spit to the sand dunes, near the Lifeboat House. It's home to a variety of unusual plants. Please note that seasonal dog restrictions are in place between 1 April and 15 August to protect the breeding birds. During this time dogs are not allowed on Blakeney Point.

Wildlife

It is an internationally important breeding ground for for sea bird colonies. Look out for both grey and common seals on the way. Walk ideal for families.

Map

Blakeney Point Walk Map

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. Please give any fenced areas a wide berth to minimise disturbance to nesting birds.

Blakeney Egyptian Goose

2

After 1.5 miles (2.4km) you reach the Watch House, also known as Halfway House. It was built in the 19th century as a look-out for smugglers, then used by the coastguard and later the Girl Guides Association. It's now rented out as basic holiday accommodation. From here, continue along the beach for another mile.

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Oystercatcher

3

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 on your right.

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Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve

4

To the right of the Lifeboat House is a boardwalk that leads to the beach. Follow this through the dunes and continue out onto the beach. At low tide from point 5 on the map, you may be able to spot the seals on the tidal sands to your left. Beyond this Point there is no access to the west further along the beach, to afford protection to breeding terns and seals hauled-out on the beach.

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The iconic blue Blakeney Point Lifeboat House

5

From here, turn right and walk along the beach, with the sea on your left, returning all the way to Cley beach car park.

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A Blakeney Grey Seal

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 birds and seals are fenced off and access is restricted, which includes the western end of the Point. Please follow the on-site signage. Due to the presence of ground-nesting birds, dogs are not permitted on this route from April to mid-August. For the rest of the year dogs are welcome on a lead or under close control.
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

Seal trips run daily at high tide from Morston Quay and often land on Blakeney Point near the Lifeboat House for an hour.

By bus

Norfolk Coasthopper, Sheringham to Hunstanton. 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)
  • Toilets are available at the Lifeboat House (April to September)
  • There are no refreshments available on this route.