Thursday, 14th December 2017

the area

Cley-next-the Sea

Cley was originally closer to the sea than it is now - in the Middle Ages it was a thriving trading port and the harbour stretched from in front of St Margaret’s Church across to the Church at Wiveton - hard to imagine when you visit the area today. In the 17th century, following the efforts of a misguided landowner, who attempted land reclamation from drainage projects, the river Glaven gradually changed shape and began to silt up.

Today Cley and the surrounding area have a world-wide reputation in the ornithologist community attracting bird watchers all year round. The marsh area surrounding the village is looked after by the National Trust and is designated an Area of outstanding natural beauty.

Out and about you’ll find a healthy number of local shops and places to eat and drink all with a wealth of individual character. Picnic Fayre is a village landmark and is one of the best delicatessens in the region. Close to Byeways is the famous Smoke House offering a wide range of smoked fish and meats. I know many people who have embarked on a 40 mile round trip just to satisfy the urge for a plate full of Glen’s smoked prawns! Opposite is the Pinkfoot Gallery representing a diverse collection of artists resulting in a wide range of art from abstract to realist, oils to encaustic techniques, and prints to porcelain. Just across the road is Made in Cley where hand thrown stoneware, contemporary jewellery, and sculpture are all hand made on site.
If more reading material is required a visit to the Crabpot Bookshop should do the trick; see if you can spot the resident sleeping cat.

Once you’re built up an appetite shopping, food and drink is not far away, with The George and The Three Swallows only a short walk away. For a first class Sunday lunch or evening meal try the Wiveton Bell.

Further a field and with the use of car or on the Coasthopper bus there are many other great places to visit. Nearby Blakeney is the place to reserve boat tickets to see the seals living off Blakeney Point and to try your hand at the popular pastime of crabfishing. Morston is where you can embark on your seal trip when the tide dictates. A little further along the coast, Wells-next-the Sea and Holkham Hall offer a great day out with the best sandy beaches in the country. Both are flanked by pine trees and sand dunes, whilst Wells has the addition of brightly coloured picturesque beach huts. Gwyneth Paltrow walked across Holkham sand during the closing moments of the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’.

Holkham beach - sand, sea and salty air
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