Blakeney National Nature Reserve

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BLAKENEY, NORFOLK

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Wide open spaces and uninterrupted views of the natural and dynamic coastline make for an inspiring visit to Blakeney, at any time of the year. The moving tides, covering pristine saltmarsh or exposing the harbour, combined with the varying light of Norfolk's big skies, create an ever-changing scene. Blakeney Point, within Blakeney National Nature Reserve, is a four-mile-long sand and shingle spit. Sand dunes have formed over hundreds of years on the shingle ridge and form a rare habitat valuable for unusual plants, insects, birds and seals. The surrounding landscape of saltmarsh, mudflats and fresh watermarsh shape the rest of the National Nature Reserve. These differing habitats host their own diverse range of special wildlife. The saltmarsh, mudflats, sand dunes and shingle ridge are all in a constant state of flux, adapting to the forces of nature shaping this ever changing coastline. Access to the western end of Blakeney point is restricted from April to mid August to help protect the ground nesting birds, and from November to mid January during the grey seal pupping season. The best way to see the wildlife on Blakeney Point is to enjoy a ferry a trip, departing from Morston Quay, some trips offer the chance to land on Blakeney Point and visit the Lifeboat House.

Blakeney National Nature Reserve
Morston Quay, Quay Road, BLAKENEY, NR25 7BH
Phone : 01263 740241

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Nature reserve access can sometimes be difficult due to natural terrain
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily dawn to dusk

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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