Picture this: seaside village with houses made of stone and pebbles, windy high streets with shops, art galleries, and pubs, marsh lands that stretch as far as the eye can see, and the North Sea, that comes in so far during high tide that you have to move your car from the car park before its semi-submerged. After a hike to the beach, you feel like you are the only person on the edge of the world; it’s just you, the sea, and sand for miles.
I am of course talking about North Norfolk, and especially the lovely village of Blakeney: coastal village within the North Norfolk Heritage Coast and AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Ben and I have wanted to go back to Norfolk ever since our three day weekend/holiday back in 2013. We loved it for its long walks and feeling of being completely isolated – even though it was only a 2.5 hour drive from us in Hertfordshire. The quiet, the openess, and the serene beauty called us back – so back we went.
I chose Blakeney based on some reviews, and especially based on this adorable 2 person cottage in the heart of the town. What a gem. I booked almost immediately after, and on a long weekend not too long ago, we headed up for a great adventure.
We were greeted by sunshine (thank you England!), a bottle of rose, Victoria sponge cake, and fresh flowers. The house was immaculately laid out, and perfect size for the two of us. We unpacked then headed out to explore the adorable village of Blakeney.
Blakeney is small, but very adorable. There was a fete going on – a hog roast and water games down on the quayside. We grabbed the rose and some crisps we brought with us, and headed out to watch the spectacle. What a great time! Loads of families were there with their dogs, having food and drinks with their feet dangling over the quay edge.
On the Saturday night, we ate at the locally owned The Moorings restaurant, where we got excellent seasonal, local food. We were sat by one of their big bay windows that looked out to the sea, which was lovely and romantic. We had fish soup and local crab cake for starters, local lobster and sea bass for mains. It was delicious.
Then on Sunday, we walked up the Norfolk Coastal Path (highly recommend as a walk to either Morston or Cley next the Sea) to pick up a boat to Blakeney Point to see the seals! What a highlight! So many seals in their natural habitat, in lands owned and protected by National Trust (all hail). It was a fantastic trip, and I would highly recommend doing this – there is no better way to see them so close!
We were sad on the Monday when it was time to get back to reality – Norfolk now holds a big place in our hearts!