Cley Marshes & Beach

Campervan spotting at the Dun Cow

Campervan spotting at the Dun Cow

Chakchouka & rubs at the Dun Cow

Chakchouka & rubs at the Dun Cow

We recently took an afternoon stroll by the coast. So many wonderful Norfolk beaches can be reached within a 45 min drive from Round the Woods - we're spoilt for choice living here. We normally head to Wells as it's the closest but Cley was our chosen spot for this family day.

We fueled up on the way at the Dun Cow in Salthouse. Now, you can't book a table here which would normally make me quite anxious. I like to plan and book where were going to enjoy a meal on a day out -  food is a big deal for our family and there's nothing worse than hungry kids (or actually maybe hungry parents is worse!) while you drive around looking for somewhere nice to stop.

Marshes pathway

Marshes pathway

No need to worry at the Dun Cow, even on a Saturday in school summer holidays. The place is massive, with seating inside and across 3 areas outside. We sat out the front with a view over the marshes to the coast. We ordered at the bar and prepared ourselves for a bit of an inevitable wait as the car park was overflowing and the bar was heaving with people ordering. Boy were we pleasantly surprised. We can't have been waiting longer than 15 minutes and our food was ready. The food was delicious (not of the prepackaged quick heat through variety either)! The boys shared a childs fish pie (love a place that offers real food for children), Seb couldn't resist the ribs & I had chakchouka. We'd recommend it all.

We then drove a few minutes west on the coast road and parked on the edge of the marshes. We started the Cley Marshes Circular Walk by walking the eastern part through the marshes and to the beach. The path is raised above the marshes giving a great view of lots of waterfowl, particularly geese much to Dylan's excitement. He seemed to take on the challenge to call "Geese" to each and every one of them! There's a bird hide along the route with boards to help you identify the type of geese in view.

And then we reached the beach!!!! I'm sure many of you will be able to relate to this but this is where our plans to complete the circular walk ended. It didn't take long before my boys had most of their clothes off and were splashing about having a whale of a time.

Can't resist a paddle

Can't resist a paddle

Cley is a pebble beach which is just perfect as my boys are always looking for an opportunity to throw stones into water. As with most to the Norfolk coast the beach is huge. Because there is no car park right up to the coast at this part it's also nice and quiet. Just bliss!

After a couple of hours of paddling, splashing and throwing we headed back the way we came to see if the Geese were still there. They were! "Geese, Geese, Geese..." 

Cley beach