Blakeney is well known across the UK for its o utstanding beauty and luscious countryside, so we’ve created a tick list of the main things you’ll want to do on your visit this summer. Follow these and you’ll be sure to make the most of your trip to Norfolk.

Blakeney National Nature Reserve

A visit to Blakeney is not complete without both a stay at Blakeney Manor and a trip to the stunning national nature reserve. Spanning miles of coastline and offering uninterrupted views, this spot is a must on your to-see list.

Whether you’d like to walk and explore, or take a ferry ride from Morston Quay, be sure to take in the coastline, wildlife and flora that you’ll find in abundance.

Seal watching at Blakeney Point

Home to around half of the world’s grey seals, Blakeney is the perfect spot to embrace the ocean air and seal spot whilst they’re in their natural habitat. It’s actually home to the largest grey seal colony across the globe, so make sure to take your binoculars.

As they’re protected by fencing, the best way to get up close and personal is by booking a boat trip. You can find different local businesses offering this experience so you won’t be short of options.

If this sounds like something you’ll be ticking off, why not tie this in with a trip to the national nature reserve and enjoy the ferry ride whilst you’re at it!

Blakeney Freshes and Friary Hill circular walk

Two popular walks we have to mention are The Blakeney Freshes and the Friary Hill circular walk.

Friary Hill lies just east of the village and comprises grassland, trees, and gorse, and overlooks the Blakeney Freshes. Take along a picnic and embrace the natural beauty the countryside has to offer.

This spot is the first place that migrating birds are able to stop and rest, so you’ll find this the perfect spot for a touch of birdwatching. You can expect to see the seasonal birdlife that includes Snow Buntings, Nightingales and Avocets. If birdwatching isn’t for you, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Blakeney Freshes, Blakeney point and the harbour too.

This might catch your eye and if it does, you can also explore the 160 acres of freshwater grazing marsh too – this is where you’ll hopefully see the Avocets in all their glory.

There are a number of different routes for you to take, all of them scenic and all of them beautiful.

Natural Surroundings Garden Walk

On the topic of walking, you can also take a stroll through Natural Surroundings, a simply stunning wildlife centre and nature reserve tucked away in the Glaven Valley.

The serene and peaceful setting offers nature trails, a warm and welcoming café to recuperate in once you’ve explored the wildlife garden and nature reserve, and activities for all the family.

If you’re feeling inspired by their beautiful gardens, you’ll be able to take a little taste of Norfolk home with you and purchase some plants and flowers from their shop and nursery – creating your own peaceful haven.

Seafood and sunshine

No doubt that with all this walking, you’ll be working up an appetite. So make sure to visit one or more of Blakeney’s top restaurants and pubs. From hearty pub food to light and fresh seafood, it’s well worth a trip.

Or, you can grab a quick takeaway of fresh fish and chips and head to the conservation duck pond to embrace the natural beauty of Blakeney that we’ve told you so much about. Fed by three natural springs and home to around 43 pairs of ducks and geese, it’s a sure spot for a summer’s day.

Book your luxury stay at Blakeney Manor here or check out our blog on the top things for you to do this summer in Holt, a stone’s throw away from Blakeney and just waiting to be explored.