Crab fishing is great fun for all the family

Known locally as 'gillying' this is a great way to spend time with the kids if you are holidaying in or near Blakeney

Crab fishing from Blakeney Quay

Crab fishing from Blakeney Quay

Crab Fishing Tips

  • Please do not use hooks
  • You will need some bait. we have found a packet of bacon, the smellier the better, is ideal, and available to buy quite cheaply, at the Blakeney spar.

  •  You will need a crab line ( which you can buy at Gone crabbing in Blakeney or at the Blakeney Spar,) a large bucket and a net if possible.

  • Best time to crab fish is on an incoming tide as this is when the crabs naturally feed.

  • At high tide the water at Blakeney Quay is fairly deep and we have found armbands, a lifejacket or buoyancy aid are a good precaution for non swimming toddlers, although none of ours have ever fallen in touch wood !

  • If you are feeling very organised we have found a couple of deckchairs and a flask of tea for mum and dad well worth the effort. Now you can sit back and wait for the crabs to come.

  • Remember to release the crabs carefully at the end of your fishing & watch out for the sea gulls !

  • The gulls will also be very grateful for any bits of bacon left over. 

  • Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets opposite the national trust car park. 

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Food & drink to sustain you while your crabbing 

  • A very good selection of ice creams & lolly ices are available from the ice-cream kiosk opposite the quay, or from the Blakeney spar. 
  • Take away cappuccinos and lattes for mums, dads & grandparents are available from the Blakeney deli about 50 yard up the high street and
  • Take away teas & snacks available from the caravans in the National Trust car park.
  • If you are there early in the morning, we can thoroughly reccomend the breakfast baps from the caravan-they are fantastic and just what you need if you have been up for hours with a restless todddler. The local builders all get one when they are working in Blakeney and they are also very popular with the dog walkers including us.
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Somewhere nice for lunch or dinner after you finish crab fishing

  • For a family friendly sit down lunch or coffee and cake after you have finished try The Moorings about 10 yards up the high street on the left-highly recommended. The Sunday lunch with all the trimmings is particularly good but you may be best to book as it is very popular. In the evenings they have a very good seafood menu.
  • Alternatively you could pop into the White Horse on Blakeney High Street after your crab fishing. They have a very reasonably priced light lunch menu which includes sandwiches & chips. They also have a family dining room. You may even be able to have a crab sandwich. 

Where to get your crabbing stuff in Blakeney

  • There is usually a selection of crab fishing lines, buckets and nets at Gardeners Cottage, during the warmer months, for guests to use during their stay.
  • Alternatively if you'd prefer to buy your own, Crab in Blakeney supplies everything you need to keep your little crab fishers happy. 
  • There is also a caravan on the National trust car park at Blakeney Quay selling crabbing stuff including crab lines, buckets and nets
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Where else to go crabbing in North Norfolk

  • The quay at Wells Next The Sea is another good place for crab fishing and fish and chips can be purchased and eaten on the quay.
  • Cromer Pier is also very good for crab fishing ( you will need a very long line).
  • We havd a lot of fun crab fishing in rock pools on Sheringham beach with younger children , where you can see the crabs coming to your bait. You do not need a line, just some bait.