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Our Trip to Blakeney Point (Friends Raffle Winner!)

Our Trip to Blakeney Point (Friends Raffle Winner!)

Launching 'Mr Mole'

We were delighted to discover that we had won the first prize in the Friends Raffle particularly as we had missed the talk by Richard Porter at the village hall. It took a little while to find a suitable date owing to summer holidays etc. We finally settled on a date in late July and hoped for fair weather.

The forecast for the day was mixed but largely fine so we set off in good spirits. On arrival at Blakeney a small cloud appeared when we discovered that Jim had forgotten to pick up the bag with the camera and waterproofs – thank heaven for phones with cameras. We were advised to park away from the quay as a high tide was predicted. This however meant that the harbour was full of water and looked at its best.

A really nice part of the trip was that we were treated to a ride out to the point in Tom Green’s delightful boat, ‘Mr Mole’. This gave us a taste of the elements as there was a brisk breeze causing slightly choppy water resulting in the occasional application of sea spray to the occupants of the boat. It also allowed Hilary to remind Jim that the waterproofs were safely packed in a rucksack at home.

We enjoyed a close look at the seals and various sea birds from the boat before disembarking at the Point where we were met by Ryan the assistant warden. First stop was the visitor centre in the former lifeboat station where we learned some of the history of the Point, leading to the area being acquired by the National Trust.

Little Tern

On a slow ramble back to the Cley car park Richard and Ryan pointed out numerous examples of the area’s flora and fauna whose names we seem to have forgotten since!! We do however remember being shown the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Half way back we paused for a delicious picnic provided as part of the prize and were lucky to see a seal pup make its way to the sea further along the beach probably for its first time.

The pace for the remainder of the walk was noticeably slower immediately after the lunch but then increased markedly when we looked behind us and saw the approaching black clouds. We passed the Little Tern colony and were shown the measures being taken to protect these spectacular visitors.

The trip ended JUST in the dry – a thoroughly enjoyable day. We would like to thank all concerned in its organisation.

Jim and Hilary Dumol