Seal Trips on the North Norfolk Coast
Published date: March 2020
Blakeney Point is located close to the North Norfolk villages of Blakeney, Morston and Cley-next-the-Sea and is a beautiful and idyllic part of the county. It is home to England’s largest Grey Seal colony and an array of summer breeding birds and is popular with birdwatchers and nature lovers.
The best way to get up close and personal to both the seals and wildlife on Blakeney Point is to book a locally operated boat trip. These trips to see the seals are very popular, so booking in advance is necessary. During busy times it can be difficult to park at Morston Quay, so make sure you allow plenty of time to park and get to your departure point on time. National Trust members can park for free, and it’s £4 for non-members.
There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture your encounters with the seals, as they lounge about on the sand dunes or frolic in the sea.
Several local companies offer seal trips – here are some of the best:
Beans Boat Trips
With 50 years of experience operating in Blakeney Harbour, taking a trip to see the seals with Beans Boats gives you a rare opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ to the resident Grey Seal and Common Seal colonies without causing a disturbance. Beans Boats offer daily boat trips to see the seals and birds in their natural environment at Blakeney Point and depart from Morston. Once you have boarded one of their five ferries you will head up Morston Creek and out into Blakeney Harbour where you will be able to marvel at the beautiful North Norfolk coastline whilst keeping an eye out for resident and migrating birds. The trip takes you past the old Blakeney Lifeboat station and you will learn some local history from the knowledgeable crew before arriving at the end of Blakeney Point. Here you should find both Common and Grey Seals and there will be plenty of photo opportunities to snap away at these often-inquisitive seals. Depending on time and tide, there may be an optional landing on Blakeney Point, before the return trip to Morston. All Beans Boats leave from Morston Quay and trips last about an hour, 1.5 hours with optional landing.
For full details, including prices, schedule and how to book, please go to Beans Boats’ website.
Tel: 01263 740505 or 01263 740038
Temples Seal Trips
Temples Seal Trips is a family-run business that comprises of boats and a pub and the staff love to share their knowledge about this internationally famous destination. Learn about the migrant birds and how this area is both a popular breeding and feeding ground for terns, oystercatchers, ringed plover, and many more bird species. View common and grey seals aboard their vessel, with pups being born summer and winter. November and December sees thousands of seals along the shore and is a truly spectacular sight not to be missed. Learn many facts and information about the area and its abundance of wildlife, from local people who have a passion for the region. The pub has been in the family for more than 100 years, and the boats have been run by the Temple family for over 70 years.
For more details including timetable, prices and how to book, please go to their website.
Tel: 01263 740791
Established in 1965 by Colin Bishop, it is still a family-run business with two traditional purpose-built clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat. They do not land on Blakeney Point but spend extra time at the seal and tern colony, with plenty of photo opportunities. Some trips can depart from Blakeney Quay, but this is very dependent on the tides and these trips use their small boat and can take up to 12 people at a time. Most trips leave from Morston Quay and booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
For full details, including prices, schedule and how to book, please go to Bishop’s Boats’ website.
Tel: 01263 740753
Ptarmigan Seal Trips
Another family-run, local business that offers daily boat trips to see the seals and other wildlife at Blakeney Point in Norfolk. Their purpose-built ferry boat, the Ptarmigan, departs from Morston Quay and takes passengers around Blakeney Harbour and out to Blakeney Point, home to the largest grey seal colony in the UK. Their traditional clinker-built ferry boat can hold 46 people and can be privately hired.
For full details including schedule, prices and how to book, please go to their website.
Tel: 01263 740792