Blakeney Point on the Norfolk Coast

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Submitted by Timwoods on 10 May 2010
OS Explorer Map: 251 - Norfolk Coast Central
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A linear, half-day coast walk in England starting at Salthouse, Norfolk, about 8.5km (roughly 5.3 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This walk takes you along one of the finest sections of the north Norfolk coast - around Blakeney Nature Reserve. Starting in the village of Salthouse, follow the Norfolk Coast Path towards Cley next the Sea, turning off just beforehand to explore the shingle beach. All sorts of marine life is found here, and the big draw are the seals. From the beach, it's then a further walk along the coastal path to Morston, where you can pick up the Coasthopper bus.
Start: Salthouse, OS Grid: TG075439
End: Morston, OS Grid: TG008438
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 22m (73ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 42m (138ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 19m (65ft)
Max. Elevation: 10m (32ft)

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OS Grid: TG074439
Take the Coasthopper bus to Salthouse, a village on the edge of the salt marshes. Buses run from Sheringham, the nearest station (on the Bittern Line). The village has an interesting 16th century church - worth a visit before beginning the walk.
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TG077441
From the churchyard, a footpath crosses the marsh and heads towards the beach. Head west along the beach.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 2 OS Grid: TG057449
The route follows the shingle beach that runs north of the marshes. Cley marshes are a bird haven, with all sorts of rare species breeding and feeding here.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 3 OS Grid: TG046452
You can walk right to the end of the beach to Blakeney Point to spot grey and common seals. However, the National Trust-owned beach is sometimes closed to allow the wildlife to breed peacefully, or due to tidal flooding. It's also a very exposed place - it can be a long walk on wet and windy days!
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TG036444
Once you have explored Blakeney beach, rejoin the Norfolk Coastal Path near Cley next the Sea and continue towards Blakeney. Enjoy the fantastic views across the marshes on this section.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TG027441
On the northern side of Blakeney village is the quay, formerly a working port and now busy with sailing boats. There are great views over Blakeney Freshes, the salt marshes to the west of the village.
About 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TG007439
Enjoy the views across the marshes as you continue to Morston, the next village along the coast. There is also a quay here. If you didn't get to see the seals on your walk, take a boat from here out to spot them. Alternatively, enjoy a pint in the Anchor Inn - an old smuggler's drinking den!
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Eddie Morley  commented on 26 April 2012
Looking forward to this one and a lot more Thanks.
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