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Blakeney is located on the coast, just north of Holt. This webcam shows The Watch House on the horizon, an old Coastguard look out. In the summer you can see sailing dinghies and book tickets on the quay for boat trips to see the seals on the point. Sourced with thanks from http://www.bbc.co.uk
Blakeney soon developed into an important fishing centre with ships making an annual voyage to Iceland. It also became a port with a north sea trade based on the export of cereals, especially barley and malt ,and the import of coal, timber, iron, roofing tiles and a great variety of other goods. In 1817 the Blakeney Harbour Company was set up to regulate trade and improve the harbour. Their first act was to construct the New Cut to make it easier for ships to reach Blakeney quay, but the port was doomed by the railways, bigger ships and the continuous silting. Hard to believe when looking at the peaceful channel today that a hundred years ago the quay would have been lined with sailing ships.
Today Blakeney relies on the tourist trade with the Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust, being one of the major attractions. The picturesque harbour is now used for recreational sailing and the daily trips to the Nature Reserve (tide dependant), where many varieties of birds and a colony of common and grey seals can be seen. Whether visiting Blakeney and its winding streets lined with flint cottages, the Nature Reserve, or the unspoilt beauty of the marshland coast, you cannot fail to be impressed by its rural charm. Sourced with thanks from http://www.norfolkbroads.com
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