Cley next the Sea

Cley next the Sea

Route: Cley next the Sea

Area: North Norfolk

Date of walk: 27th January 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 8.4 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Cloudy at first, becoming sunny

The objective of today’s walk was to explore the unusual landscape around the coastal villages of Cley next the Sea and Blakeney, where the boundary between land and sea is a mixture of sand and marshes. This is a vast no-man’s-land which is home to countless species of birds, plants and insects, many of them rare

We started from Wiveton Down car park in the low lying hills behind the coast and followed the lane into Wiveton village. We crossed the River Glaven via ancient Wiveton Bridge and walked into nearby Cley next the Sea. We made a brief diversion into St Margaret’s Church whose grand cathedral-like appearance seems out of proportion to the size of the village. Its stature is testament to the wealth created here by trade in medieval times

We wandered through the attractive village and passed by Cley Windmill before joining a path along a dike above the marshes. This is both the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coast Path and it took us in a large loop around Fresh Marshes and then into Blakeney. There were interesting bird sightings as we went along, including curlew, lapwing, stonechat and linnet as well a huge skeins of geese flying overhead. After pausing for refreshments at Blakeney Harbour we re-joined the coast path before turning inland. The inland section took us through fields back up to Wiveton Down and the end of a wonderful walk 

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