A break in North Norfolk has a huge amount to offer nature-lovers all year round. Even in the winter months, the landscape of coast and countryside has a unique charm. Around the coast of Cley and Blakeney hotels can have views overlooking the reed beds and marshes and are an ideal place for ornithologists or wildlife enthusiasts to stay when visiting the area. Blakeney Point Nature Reserve is somewhere to view large flocks of lapwing, knot and starlings wheeling in intricate formations against the magnificent and expansive Norfolk skies.
While being well-known as a magnet for birdwatchers Blakeney Point is also home to the largest colony of grey seals in England, with more than 2000 pups being born there in 2014. Grey seal pups who have thick, white fur coats are born on land during autumn and early winter and feed on their mother’s milk for three weeks, by which time they have trebled in size. Male seals fight for territories on the beach, which can at times become a dramatic battleground!
The best way for you to view the seals without disturbing them is to book a boat trip with one of the local companies who specialise in this service. For those who prefer to walk can park at Cley Beach and walk out along the shingle for three miles to Blakeney Point. The National Trust fences off certain areas during the breeding season to avoid disruption but it is still possible to get a good view of the animals.
After a day in the fresh sea air returning to the comforts of a charming and welcoming hotel would end the day perfectly. The George Hotel at Cley is a wonderful hotel and is full of local charm. The head chef uses fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce to create a tempting and delicious menu. Visitors should not miss sampling the fine wines and renowned Norfolk ales while relaxing and soaking up the unique ambience of this high-quality country hotel. So when looking for a Cley, Salthouse, Morston or Blakeney hotel, make sure The George Hotel at Cley is top of the list!
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