Cley was once one of the busiest ports in England. The many Flemish gables in the town are a lovely reminder of commerce with the Low Countries. Since the port silted up in the late 19th century, tourism has thrived in the area from the Victorian era to today.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
Cley – pronounced to rhyme with pie – is a pretty village protected by an immense shingle bank, not far from Holt. Don’t leave without visiting one of the county’s most iconic landmarks, the Cley windmill.
Food plays a big part in village life with Cley Smoke House and Picnic Fayre, a well-established deli with everything from spice pastes to local fruit.
St Margaret’s church is a fine example of 13th-century architecture with craved gargoyles, medieval glass windows and graffiti.
Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitors’ centre and cafe has great views over the salt marshes and tidal creeks. There is also a noticeboard alerting birdwatchers to recently spotted species. With the telescopes pointing out towards the shingle bank and sea, this is a good starting point for acquainting yourself with the local bird life.