Cley does have a beach, which is mainly shingle and is accessed by walking over the marshes. The area between the village and the sea is now occupied by one of the best nature reserves in Norfolk and has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It was purchased in 1926 making it the first Wildlife Trust reserve in the country. The environmentally friendly visitor centre has an information desk, trail guides, books, and a very good café. The village itself is dominated by the picturesque 18th century windmill standing on the edge of the marshes. This famous landmark fell into disrepair in the early 20th century and has been restored into fabulous guest accommodation and is also open to the public.
The small picturesque village of Salthouse is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty nestling between the high ridge of Salthouse Heath to the south, from which there are extensive views over the coastline from Sheringham to Blakeney Point and beyond, and the salt marshes towards the North Norfolk Coast. Situated a few miles north of Holt and to the east of Blakeney and Cley it is a good base for exploring local villages, stately homes and taking in a seal trip. Salthouse Heath is an important wildlife site and also has the largest cluster of Bronze Age burial mounds in Norfolk. It is well-known locally as a good place to hear Nightingales and Nightjars in early summer. The marshes around Salthouse are a popular spot for birdwatchers who come from all over to observe both common and rare species. The beach is a large pebble bank where unusually for Norfolk, the tide never goes out very far.
The wonderful church of St. Nicholas stands over the village and holds regular exhibitions and concerts. Around the village green can be found The Old Post Office selling coffees, ice cream, sandwiches, groceries and papers, Cookies seafood café and a lovely pub ‘The Dun Cow’ with a front garden overlooking the marshes.
A small charming village with white-washed houses and flint cottages lining the streets leading down to the picturesque harbour. Previously a busy commercial port, Blakeney is now only accessible to smaller boats. There are several good pubs and restaurants in the village, which also has a Spar grocery, fishmonger, and several independent shops offering gifts, art, antiques and local crafts. Blakeney is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve which is an important breeding area for sea birds and a wide variety of other birdlife that changes with the seasons and a large Common and Grey Seal colony. The Nature Reserve can be visited using one of the boat trips operating out of nearby Morston Quay.
A quintessential Georgian village situated a few miles from the North Norfolk Coast with its famous beaches and coastal walks. The village green is surrounded by period houses, mostly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, small flint cottages and independent shops. These include a fishmonger, butcher, bakery and deli, and other specialist shops such as a book shop, hardware store, chemist, several clothes boutiques & art galleries, gift shops and places to buy home accessories. There are many good places to eat such as the well-known Hoste Arms Hotel, small coffee shops and local pubs both in the Burnham Market and the neighbouring villages of Stanhoe, Burnham Thorpe, Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe. The sandy beaches of Brancaster and Holkham are a short drive away and there are links golf courses in Heacham, Hunstanton and Brancaster. Sailing, Canoeing and Kayaking tuition is available at Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Overy Staithe.