Norfolk Nature Reserve - Blakeney Point
Blakeney Point is managed by the National Trust and has
been a nature reserve since 1912. The surrounding
Saltmarsh and dunes edged by lawns of sea lavender are
home to ringed terns, plover, oystercatchers and
shelduck as well as terns and seals.
More than 270 species of birds have been recorded here as have over 190 species of flowering plants. Common seal pups are born here between June and August and grey seal pups between October and December. The point is closed during the breading season.
It is possible to walk to Blakeney point, but you would really have to be determined, and the route is not an obvious one because of the myriad of dykes, brooks and streams that cross this area. In theory you can start from Cley, walk out to the sea, and follow the coastline to the point. We tried this once and before you ask - yes we are used to serious walking. On a map it looks possible, but after the first few miles of walking on loose shingle (this means you never get a firm footing, and you wish you had brought your snow shoes) you become very tired indeed.
One mile feels like five miles, we gave up after three hours and hitched a lift back to Blakeney harbour from a passing sailing dingy, who wondered why we were waving our arms with such vigour. To this day we are grateful for the lift, we may not have made it back on foot.
This makes the boat trips the only real option for most folk. Boat trips last about an hour or so. There are a couple of companies offering a service from both Blakeney and Morston Quay, departure times depend on the tide. There is a usually a notice board on the coastal roadside for trips from Morston showing the times, and blackboards on Blakeney quayside.
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