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Barnham Broom

Norfolk, England

Blakeney & Cley-next-the-Sea walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

Start Point

A large and former port, Blakeney is without doubt one of the most attractive places on the North Norfolk coast

Recession over the centuries has left contact with the sea, Blakeney’s former lifeblood, only via the Blakeney Channel. There are now extensive marshes, both fresh and salt water, between shore and sea, supporting abundant bird and plant life.

Cley next the sea is a smaller settlement, also once a busy port and also charming, with a great early 18th century tower windmill as its most prominent feature. The churches of both Blakeney and Cley are well worth a visit.

The route below links the two settlements, using minor roads for the outward part, with the return on the Norfolk Coast Path, along embankments through the marshes, all first rate underfoot.

From the eastern end of Blakeney Quay walk inland, along High Street, passing two car parks, which might be preferred to the Quay at busy periods.

Go straight across the main road, A149 into Wiveton Road, passing the parish church, with its massive tower. Follow the road, with field-edge wild flowers adding colour to the agricultural scene. The Bell Inn is soon reached, facing Wiveton Church across a green. Go straight on, following a ‘Cley’ signpost, downhill to a bridge over the River Glaven.

Turn left at a crossroads with a ‘Cley 1’ signpost and continue along a minor road, passing reclaimed marshland on the left, to a large green with an inn. Behind is St. Margaret’s the fine parish church of Cley. Turn right to rise along a path through the churchyard. Exit by a small gate, turning left along a surfaced lane leading into the main part of Cley, passing the village hall on the right. The road becomes a cul de sac, just as further progress seems to be barred and the road loses its surface, go round to the left. In 20m. follow a little sign on the right to ‘Cley Mill and High Street’, passing under an arch.

(To visit the windmill go straight across the High Street to follow an unmade roadway opposite). Otherwise, turn left to follow the winding street, passing shops, an inn and a recommended tea shop. Go round a sharp right hand bend at a junction.

50m. after the bend turn right, up steps at a sign ‘Blakeney 2½ miles, Norfolk Coast Path’. The route is now very simple to follow along the coastal defence embankments. Cross the river on a footbridge, then turn towards the sea at a gate/stile. Turn left at a junction. On reaching a wide creek with a shingle beach beyond, turn left to continue along the top of the embankment. As the path bends left to head for Blakeney, far away to the right is the hull of a beached ship. Keep left at a junction, pass another wreck and then a small waterfowl reserve to return to Blakeney Quay.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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