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.
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.
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The quay at Wells-next-theSea. Car parking on the quay (for a small price in summer) and elsewhere in the town.
Walking in safety
Read our tips to look after yourself and the environment when following this walk.