The enchanting village of Blakeney
Blakeney is a peaceful village on the rugged Norfolk coast with a handful of excellent shops, pubs, and delis to explore, and a lovely harbour where you can watch the gentle ebb and flow of the tide.
Blakeney is located within the Norfolk Area of Outstanding Beauty, 21 miles from Norwich. With its charming narrow streets and harbour which offers spectacular sea views, its undoubtedly one of the Norfolk coast’s most enchanting villages.
Blakeney began life as a medieval commercial port, a function which ended when the estuary silted up, preventing access to the harbour for many vessels, but creating a remarkable landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks, through which a series of channels and creeks meander their way to the sea.
The coast near Blakeney is some of Norfolk’s most unspoilt and dramatic, and there are few better ways to explore it than from the deck of a traditional wooden boat. Bishop’s Boats run regular seal watching trips from the harbour.
Boats on the creek at Blakeney
The boat also stops at Blakeney Point Nature Reserve, a haven for rare birds including terns. The reserve is a spectacular environment, with a four-mile sand spit stretching out to sea, and great expanse of salt marsh and mud flats from which to admire the wide open skies for which Norfolk is famous.
There are a number of interesting historical buildings in Blakeney, including the imposing village church and the Guildhall, which dates back to the 14th century.
The magnificent Norfolk Coast Path runs through Blakeney. For a leisurely walk of just under three miles, follow the path to Cley-next-the-Sea. This route will take you past Cley Mill, where horse races were popular during the 1800s.
"The coast near Blakeney is some of Norfolk’s most unspoilt and dramatic."
There are some great cafes, restaurants and pubs in Blakeney, many of which make the most of the seafood on their doorstep to create fresh, tasty dishes. At the bottom of the High Street near the quay, you’ll find one of the village’s most popular eateries, The Moorings, which serves fish, game and shellfish. For produce from Norfolk and the rest of the world, check out Blakeney Delicatessen - don’t miss their trademark sausage rolls and excellent wine selection.
One of the village’s best pubs is the King’s Arms, a stone’s throw from the water and a long-standing favourite with locals. Alternatively, wander down to the White Horse, a light and airy pub with a good selection of local ales and beers.
If you’re looking for a fun day trip from Blakeney, Norwich is easily reached by public transport. Here you’ll find a bustling centre, packed with interesting shops and lively nightlife.