For the very first time my brothers and I set paws on a part of the North Norfolk Coastal path that we hadn’t visited before – walking from the quaint village of Cley-next-the-Sea to the picturesque harbour at Blakeney.
We parked up in the free car park by the Cley village hall, where we off loaded my stroller, water bowls, water, towels, poo bags, first aid kit and all the other paraphanalia we seem to need when we go out!
The walk from Cley to Blakeney is 2 and 3 quarter miles along a clear and very easy to follow path. The initial section could get a little muddy if it has been raining heavily but the second part has been gravelled and keeps dry.
The path is suitable for doggy strollers although maybe a little bumpy at times but not so much that I would fall out! I would like to add though that I walked 5 miles out of the 5.5 miles of the round journey – not bad for an 11.5 year old!
When we arrived at Blakeney harbour dad tucked into a delicious breakfast pap from a food catering van. He later said, ‘ That was the tastiest one I’ve ever eaten!’ Shame he didn’t share it with us though!
Of course there are lots of other dog friendly places to enjoy at Blakeney including Blakeney Manor Hotel, The King’s Arms and The White Horse. There is also the ‘Muddy Dog Cafe’ which will be opening shortly. Watch this space for my repawt!
The sun was out and the scenery was wonderful. On our return to Cley we popped into a new dog friendly cafe called ‘The Artemis Coffee Shop’. We were very impressed with this cafe, not only because we were immediately given a doggy treat each, (I’m sure if you bark nicely you’ll get a treat as well) but also by the lay-out of the tables and chairs outside. There are even comfy sofas on which you can enjoy some good food and drink whilst enjoying the magnificent views. We are also allowed inside! The Three Swallows and The George Hotel in Cley are also dog friendly.
We had a marvellous time and I would definitely recommend this walk to all my canine pals. Just one word of caution, there is no shade on this walk and it is very exposed, also it is marsh land and over excited doggies who stray off the path could find themselves in trouble.
If you do this walk or visit one of the dog friendly places do let me know!