Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Norfolk Coast Path Dog friendly

Season: summer

An art exhibition, Cley ’17, was taking place, including a few installations on the beach itself.  As usual, keen bird watchers thronged the top of the shingle beach and a red shank could be seen on a post top on the approach road.  There’s a great walk along to Blakeney and the seals from here, northwards.  Behind the beach, the village of Cley-Next-The-Sea features excellent independent food shops and pretty, indigenous flint cottages.  As with nearby Salthouse, the beach seems to be a different shape on each visit, a reminder of the power of the sea.  With this in mind, here’s a link to our own adaptive relationship to the sea – Cley Smokehouse – innovative fishing boat trailer.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Heidi and Paul.

Cley Smokehouse


Summer and art on the beach.

church cottage morston

Season: summer

There’s a great walk from here, north to Blakeney Point and the seals.  The beach itself is sparse and natural, with the odd fishing boat pulled up on the higher reaches of the steep shingle beach. It’s a favourite with anglers and bird watchers, who come to enjoy the migratory and resident birds.  A great place to get back to nature.

Summer visit photo gallery


Rob’s reason to be here.


The steep beach at Cley-Next-The-Sea.

Season: winter

With just one boat pulled up onto the higher reaches of the steep shingle, Cley beach was quiet for this re-visit.  The long stretch north to Blakeney Point was empty of people, with just two birdwatchers, whom I interviewed on the beach.  The overcast sky fused into the horizon and the brightly coloured pebbles and shells provided the visual counterpoint.  The mood was laconic and slightly wistful.

Winter season photo gallery


The pleasure of the beach for Nick and Amy.


On an almost deserted winter beach, at Cley-Next-The-Sea

Season: autumn

Pronounced “Cly”, Cley-Next-The-Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between Blakeney and Holt, on the main coast road between Wells-Next-The-Sea and Sheringham.  This is a well-to-do part of the county and the scenery is outstanding.  The Norfolk Coastal Path passes this way and the area is also popular with bird-watchers.

Autumn visit photo gallery


With (Richard) Skipper, fishing on a shifting beach at Cley-Next-The-Sea.


A big sky above the beach and the marshes at Cley-Next-The-Sea.

2 thoughts on “Cley-Next-The-Sea

  1. Richard Moore

    I moved to North Norfolk 6 yrs ago – Gods own country!
    It is a beautiful & largely unspoilt part of the world, with lovely people, great beaches & sea-scrapes & fantastic sea-side towns & villages, notably Sheringham, beautiful countryside & of course the amazing city of Norwich – what else could anybody want?!

  2. Louise

    I’m looking forward to a soul enhancing stroll along here very soon … a walk by the sea seems to transform the mind – issues and dilemmas become less so – not sure why this happens – maybe its just by taking time out and getting some head space.


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