Blakeney started life as a busy medieval commercial port until the estuary began to silt up preventing all but pleasure craft from gaining access. This silting has left a fascinating landscape of marshes, sand hills and mud banks with many creeks and channels twisting and turning their way through. Blakeney village is set on a small hill leading down to the harbour and has pretty flint cottages, shops, cafe's, restaurant, hotels and pubs. The Blakeney hotel sits right on the quay and was openend in 1923, it was built on the site of an old smugglers inn called the Crown and Anchor, known locally as the Barking Dickey!

In a side street off the quay is the 14th century Guildhall which has an early example of a brick built vaulted ceiling. This is well worth a visit. The village church is also worth a visit as it has many interesting features.

At the quay you will find people selling tickets for seal trips but these trips mostly depart from Morston. Crabbing is a great pastime for children and adults and at low tide you are able to cross the channel for a different view point. There is also a wild life pond where you can watch the birds being fed and there are seats around to rest the weary legs.


A 7.5 mile (12km) walk follow sea defence walls, roads and rights of way and visits the villages of Cley, Wiveton and Blakeney.

The River Glaven, which runs beside the route for part of the way, was once a navigable river for sea vessels and served the ports of Wiveton and Cley. Blakeney village was also once a port, but ceased trading before 1914 as a result of the arrival of the railways and the New Cut channel silting up.

This walk is accessible by public transport via the Coast Hopper bus service.

Download a map of the route here.

There is a walk along the path away from the Quay which gives great views of Blakeney and Cley.