Many people visit Blakeney just
to sit on the quay and watch the boats, the crab fishers, and in summer
the children swimming in the quay. However if you are feeling a bit more
energetic there is lots more you can do.
Walking from Blakeney
There are lots of lovely walks that start from the quay in Blakeney
The best known is probably the walk from the National
Trust car park on the quay, all the way to Cley Next the Sea.
The walk is flat and fairly easy going and passes right
past the famous Cley Windmill. There are tea rooms and pubs in Cley as
well as the Cley Deli, if you need some refreshment when you get there.
The walk is suitable for older children, although may be too long for very young children
& toddlers. OK for pushchairs, although off roaders with 3 wheels will find it
easier. The walk is about 1 mile each way. Take your binoculars if you have
any, as there are lots of interesting birds to be seen on the marshes.
We sometimes come back along the road to Blakeney
(pavement is narrow) and stop off at the Wiveton Hall Farm Shop and
Tearooms (highly recommended)
From the tearooms you can walk back to
Blakeney across a private footpath through the farm and then on the National
Trust land, so avoiding the traffic. The farm shop is great in summer with
pick your own fruit, and is great for the kids and adults alike. Tea room has
a lovely country feel, & has wonderful home cooked food and cakes,
served on Emma Bridgewater crockery. In the autumn they have lovely
pumpkins and squashes. there is also free-range pork, bacon and sausages. Tea
rooms closed over winter until May
here for more information on the tearoom
You can also walk or jog from the other end of Blakeney
quay to Morston quay (avoid this walk at very high tides as it goes
under water). This is a much shorter walk and takes about 20-30 minutes each
way. There is a small tea , ice-cream & sweets bar at Morston for refreshment
before the walk back. The Eccles Cakes are scrummy !
There is also a short circular walk around the
National Trust grounds near the bird sanctuary, entrance just past the
Manor Hotel which takes about 15-20 minutes. In autumn there is an abundance
of blackberries, which make the most excellent blackberry jam. In
Summer & Autumn you can also walk through to the Wiveton Hall Farm Shop and
Tearooms. The path from Blakeney is permissive across the National Trust
land at the bottom of back lane, and unfortunately dogs, even on leads are not
My children's personal favourite walk is to walk from the
quay, about half way up the High Street , down Little Lane (off to the right)
, across the pastures field and to the Spar to buy sweets! This takes you past
all the gorgeous cottages and lokes off the high street, as well as letting
the kids burn off some energy running across the pastures. In summer the
hollyhocks down the lokes are spectacular. If there still feeling energetic
there is a children's playground and football fields across the main road next
to the community centre.