Mortson Quay to Cley next the Sea

Start: Mortson Quay National Trust car park

Finish: Cley next the Sea

Length: 4.78 miles 7.69 km

Weather: Hot and sunny

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Having been on a boat trip to see the seals earlier, I set off on a short walk from Mortson Quay to Cley next the Sea using a section of the Norfolk Coast Path.

With the rest of the family still weary from an early start and therefore not interested in doing a walk, it was a rare opportunity to do a linear walk and be picked up by the others at the end of my walk.

 

The star attraction of the boat trip can be seen basking on the very tip of Blakeney Point. The sail boats in the background are either Stiffkey Cockles or Oysters.

Blakeney Point seals

 

Morston Quay is a busy harbour found within the Blakeney National Nature reserve.

The walk follows the Norfolk Coastal path, which is 84 miles long and stretching all the way from Hunstanton in the west to Hopton-on-Sea in the south east.

Mortson Quay

 

Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes, provide a perfect habitat for the vast array of residential and migratory wildlife. In the distance the two towers of Blakeney church can be seen. The smaller one on the left was used as a lighthouse.

Mortson Quay Walk

 

Blakeney village was once a port, but ceased trading before 1914 as a result of the arrival of the railways and the New Cut channel silting up. Now it is very popular with children for crabbing.

Mortson Quay Walk

 

Mortson Quay Walk

 

Not only will you be treated to some magnificent views and 'big skies', there's also plenty of wildlife to feast your eyes upon.

Mortson Quay Walk

 

Cley next the Sea

 

Cley next the Sea

 

In the 13th century Cley next the Sea was one of England's most important ports. Now it's better known for its much-photographed windmill. On the day I did this walk the A149 that winds through CntS was completely jammed, thanks to some spectacularly selfish parking by some builders. The scene was more reminiscent of the Hammersmith roundabout on a Friday night.

Cley next the Sea

 

Cley next the Sea

 

Cley next the Sea

 

Cley Windmill is a five storey, grade II listed tower mill that has been converted to residential accommodation and now provides B n B (That's Boutique and Breakfast by-the-way).

Mortson Quay Walk