Norfolk Coast Path: Wells-Next-the-Sea to Blakeney




7.7 miles (12.4kms)

167ft (51m)
3hrs 15min

About the walk

From Wells-next-the-Sea the Coast Path runs along a lonely stretch of salt-marsh towards Stifikey. These marshes are flooded on the occasion of really big tides, but usually the sea is only a distant glimmer beyond the marsh and, at low tide, tempting, wide, open areas of sand. These marshes are a haven for all sorts of birds. Indeed, it is unusual to meet anyone else on this section of the walk. The marshes have a rare, mournful beauty that is enhanced in July and August by the blue of the sea lavender. At various places a series of footbridges leads out towards the sea and the marshes can be explored by those with waterproof boots or bare feet. Care should be taken not to wander out too far and become cut off by a rising tide. The Coast Path continues past the Freshes Creek, a lovely spot where a few boats are moored, past Marston Quay with its fine views of Blakeney Point, and on towards Blakeney, whose tall church tower has been a landmark for much of this section of the route. Once a thriving port, Blakeney contents itself now as a focal point for holidaymakers, sailors and tourists, and its bustling quay and two pretty streets leading down to it are certainly very attractive. Here the walker will find everything required in the way of supplies.

Walk directions

From Wells-next-the-Sea the Coast Path runs along a lonely stretch of salt-marsh towards Stifikey.

The Coast Path continues past the Freshes Creek to Blakeney.

Additional information

OS Explorer 132, 133

The quay at Wells-next-the­Sea. Car parking on the quay (for a small price in summer) and elsewhere in the town.

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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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