Three must dos
Walk the coastal path – either to Morston and enjoy a relaxing meal or drink in The Anchor Inn before walking back OR head off to Cley and its beautiful windmill to have a coffee overlooking the reedbeds and visit Cley Pottery, the Smokehouse and Cley windmill. Cley parish church – just outside the village centre – is remarkably grand and next door to another interesting little pub.
Stroll around Blakeney’s quay and along the creek to watch the boats, especially if the tide is in, and hear a cacophony of bird calls. Amazing. Walk up the village’s narrow High Street with its flint pebble cottages tucked away on each side and, if you are early in the morning, try one of East Anglia’s best sausage rolls from the Blakeney Delicatessen. They sell out quickly. Seek out the artist’s studio tucked bside the village car park. Then back for a relaxing coffee or tea at the Blakeney Hotel while people watching either in the courtyard outside or in the viewing gallery upstairs looking across the marshes. The very best coffee is at The Grey Seal near the Spar supermarket on Westgate.
Normal for Norfolk
Did you watch ‘Normal for Norfolk’? These two BBC documentaries are based on the eccentric owner of Wiveton Hall which is a short walk through Blakeney Freshes. The hall and its café, where you can buy local produce, pictures and bric-a-brac became an overnight success through the television publicity so you now have to book for dinner. But the setting – and its owner – are stilll unspoilt. Super sea views from your seat outside the café while eating delicious cakes or sandwiches. The atmosphere is wonderfully peaceful and calm with chickens running around you. It is well worth catching up on the two documentaries. Episode one is at: