Following a 3-mile route, this walk is ideal for spotting wildlife (including the seals) and birdwatching.

At the heart of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney National Nature Reserve boasts wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the beautiful North Norfolk coastline. The four-mile-long shingle spit off Blakeney Point offers protection for Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes, providing a perfect habitat for the vast array of residential and migratory wildlife, including England’s largest colony of grey seals.

Between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed the family friendly ‘Blakeney Freshes coastal walk’, a popular walking route in winter.  An ‘out and back’ rather than a circular walk, it follows the shoreline and in guaranteed to blow away to cobwebs – it’s not called ‘Blakeney FRESHes’ for nothing!

Parking at Cley Beach, Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park (small charge), which was filling up when we arrive at late morning and can get busy as the day goes on, this walk is easy to navigate – you head towards the single ridge and beach and turn left.

The sea will be on your right as you stride out and if the tide is out, you can walk along the beach, which is a slightly easier surface to walk upon than the shingle. Depending on the time of year you’ll quickly start to encounter seals and seal pups seemingly strewn randomly across the shore. We would NEVER condone or encourage approaching the seals for a photo or getting so close that it distresses them. It’s also why you’ll rarely see shots of the wonderful Norfolk seal colony on our socials. Please enjoy our wildlife respectfully and responsibly.

Half way along the ridge you will come across the