The village is located in an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty and enjoys an international reputation for its
bird watching site on the outskirts of the village. There are over 400
acres of marshland and reed bed, which have been managed by the Norfolk
Naturalist Trust since 1926. The area has board walks and hides all of
which are easily accessible to everyone, including wheelchair users. The
reserve is one of the few remaining places where Bittern and Avocet are
resident and rare migrants can be seen at differing times of the year.
Two features dominate Cley. The first being the picturesque 18th century windmill standing still and aloof from the surrounding fenland. It has timber sails which have been replaced several times since the windmill was originally constructed. Milling continued until just after the First World War, but nowadays it is run as a guest house. The mill is also open to the public and it is well worth climbing to the top where you get panoramic views of the village and surrounding marshes, creeks, gullies and mud flats.
The second feature is St. Margaret's Church next to the village green. The building was commenced in the 13th Century and continued on an ad hoc basis until the 15th Century.
The village has an excellent delicatessen where you can purchase other basic provisions as well, a famous smoke house, restaurants, tea shops and two good country pubs/inns. For a quieter holiday location yet in the same vicinity have a look at nearby Wiveton which is under half a mile down the road.
Cley is pronounced 'Kly' means Clay. For Holiday Accommodation in Cley-next-the-Sea - Self Catering - Holiday Cottages - etc., check out our Holiday Accommodation Pages.
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