Blakeney & Cley Recce

Sunday 11 January 2015. The group didn’t have a walk today so Linda & I drove to the coast to recce a walk that she will be leading on the summer programme. Starting from Blakeney village hall car park we walked through the town to pick up the Norfolk Coastal Path which would take us on a loop out across the marshes. This is an exposed area at the best of times but there was a strong cold south-westerly wind blowing so we were glad that we had the wind behind us instead of walking head-on into it. After 3 miles we stopped briefly on the sea bank to take some pictures of the Cley windmill before heading through the back lanes of Cley for a coffee stop at the church. By now we had walked 3.6 miles in 75 minutes averaging 2.9 mph.

Leaving Cley we walked along narrow country lanes to Wiveton where a minor navigational error (mine) took us briefly in the wrong direction. This mistake added about three-quarters of a mile to the walk but we had the good fortune to see a Bullfinch close up in the hedgerow which was some compensation. Back on the right road out of Wiveton we headed to Wivetorn Downs where after exploring and taking in the views we stopped for lunch.

The last leg of the walk took us across the road back to Blakeney. This could have been used to cut off the last couple of miles of the walk but we were in no hurry so we pressed on to Kettle Hill and back onto the coast path between Morston and Blakeney. 20 minutes or so later we were back at the car having walked a total of 9.6 miles in about 4 hours.

Blakeney & Cley Walk Map

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