Seals of Blakeney
Seals enjoying the sun at Blakeney

Blakeney is a coastal village on the North Norfolk Coast, the village once a commercial sea port is perhaps most famous for the Seal colony which exists on a shingle bank just off the coast. Blakeney point has been formed by ongoing tidal erosion creating a perfect safe haven much loved by common and Grey seals.

The point managed by the National Trust attracts many visitors each year eager to see the seals in their natural habitat, boat trips of tourists and wildlife lovers are a big part of the village during the holiday season. Tourism is carefully managed in the area to ensure the seal colony and the nesting places for the birdlife of the Point are protected.

Earliest settlements on the site on Blakeney village are mentioned in the Doomsday book. With the Name of Blakeney appearing somewhere around 1340. Some of the 14th century architecture and features are still very much part of the village.

Blakeney Sign
The Blakeney Sign at the Quay

Blakeney naturally owes much of history to the sea with the village noted as a haven for piracy and lawlessness in the 12th century. The People of Blakeney have always cut their own furrow and been independent in character. They famously refused to supply a ship to aid in the fight against the Spanish armada.

Modern Blakeney is one of the most attractive of the North Norfolk Coastal villages. Now far more serene than in the past. This makes it an ideal location for tourism the village boasts two quality hotels.

Most of the village works out from the harbour which was a busy commercial port until the estuary began to silt up. Flint cottages and the impressive Guild Hall are all located in the winding streets and lanes radiating out from the harbour.

Good road and transport links make Blakeney ideal for exploring the rest of Norfolk, the nearby train line at Sheringham referred to as the Bittern line provides connections along the coast in historical steam engines and by modern diesel train to the city of Norwich. Rated as one of the 50 most scenic railway journeys in the world.

Cley Marshes
Cley Marshes is a bird watchers paradise

The train ride via modern diesel is a perfect way to enjoy day trips to Norwich and by steam to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the North Norfolk coast.

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