About Cley

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Cley Next The Sea is a picturesque village on the North Norfolk coast, situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cley (pronounced 'Cly') is just 1 mile east of Blakeney and 4 miles north of Holt, on the main coast road between Wells and Sheringham.

Well known for its Windmill and its magnificent church, Cley is also home to the NWT Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, internationally reputed as a premier birdwatching site, popular with birds and visitors all year round! Along with its Art & Crafts galleries, specialist food shops and welcoming hostelries, Cley has a lot to offer.

Cley is also popular with walkers and is on the Norfolk Coastal Path which can be followed along to Holme Next The Sea where it joins the ancient Peddars Way National Trail - ideal for those who like something more challenging!

Cley was originally a lot more 'next the sea' than it is now - in the Middle Ages it was a thriving trading port and the harbour was down in front of St Margaret's Church - hard to imagine when you visit the area today. Sadly the village was struck by the plague and a misguided landowner unlawfully attempted land reclamation which caused the river to gradually silt up, both of which contributed to a decline in the population and wealth of the village. Some lovely pictures of old Cley can be seen at St Margaret's Church

The village now thrives from tourism primarily brought in by the fantastic views, walks and wildlife.  Cley is now a place of peace and tranquility and offers a warm welcome to anyone who wants to come and enjoy the area.

The shingle beach at Cley can be accessed via Beach Road by car or on foot along one of the footpaths through the marshes. The beach is suitable for sea fishing and there is parking at the beach Car Park. Parking is also available free at the Village Hall.


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