Cley North Norfolk

Cley & North Norfolk

Cley is renowned for Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes bird reserve, an eye-catching modern building with wonderful views, which draws twitchers from all over the world. You can enjoy a tasty lunch in the cafe and then visit the hides which are only a few minutes’ walk from the Saltings.

In Cley village you will find Picnic Fayre - a lovely family-run delicatessen - and the pottery, Made in Cley, which produces some charming bowls and mugs, in among the other shops. Strawberries, asparagus and other seasonal fruit and veg are available in season from Wiveton Farm, on the road between Cley & Blakeney, which also has a very popular cafe.

Take a walk past the famous windmill along the bank to Blakeney and go crabbing in the quay. Make sure you visit the Moorings for delicious cakes, lunches and evening meals. Nearby, the pretty Georgian town of Holt is good for fishmongers (our favourite is the North Norfolk Fish Company), boutiques, clothes shopping, galleries and gift shops.

Cley’s shingle beach is right on the doorstep but Wells, with its famous beach huts, and Holkham, with acres of white sand edged by pine forest, are both certainly worth a visit. During the summer, drive to Morston for a magical boat trip to see the seals on Blakeney point. There are also a few large stately homes in the area for an interesting day out including the National Trust’s Blickling Hall, once home to Anne Boleyn, and Holkham Hall.

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