Autumn brings big spring tides in Blakeney

Panorama of Blakeney Quay flooding on a spring tide

The strengthening winds of autumn, low pressure in the North Sea and the natural cycle of spring tides will often bring the sea flooding over Blakeney Quay as the year wanes.

I could see it from the bedroom window this morning and ventured out with Bonzo, my trusty four-legged assistant, to take a few photos before breakfast.

Spring tide flooding Blakeney Quay, lapping at the steps of the Blakeney Hotel

Full moon over Blakeney Harbour on a big spring tide

Bonzo helping with the photography

Tell-tails fluttering in the breeze in Blakeney dinghy park

Panorama of Blakeney Quay flooding on a spring tide

From our Instagram, @North.Sea.Living. Bonzo, who is considerably more famous, has his own @bonzosworld.

Harbour Walk

One of the quintessential Blakeney activities is the harbour walk. When the tide goes out a veritable canine (and human) playground opens up. We went on a slight variation of our regular route this weekend. We enter the cut on the slipway in the car park and head out to the harbour, turning left and down towards Morston. This time we kept to the left and crossed banks of sand, mud and ,”Blakeney Blurghey” as our nephew Tom calls it. 

At Morston we waded the channel and continued down to check out the boats in the Pit. Normally when we walk down this far we are aiming for Blakeney Point and the seals. Today we followed the marsh and got down the the old mussel lays. 


We explored the Morston Meals, and entered the Freshes Creek by a subsidiary and headed over to the house boats. This section is lovely and secluded. The boats are tucked away with a patina from years of exposure to the North Wind. 


We took the Coast Path back East and were treated with a field of purple flowers backed by a field of flax. The air was filled with its honey-sweet scent. 

From here we got a new angle on Morston. 


We strolled down into Blakeney just before dinner and we were ready for a feast! 

Evening kayak for two (+1)

Piloting the creek from Blakeney to Morston
Piloting the creek from Blakeney to Morston

 

The circular Blakeney to Morston route was a great adventure this evening. It was a big tide! 3.5m at the quay, which is pretty big around here. We rode the rushing tide inland from the quayside towards Morston through marshland. It was lovely and sheltered back there. Then we had to work against the tide to get out in the harbour, but at least the rush had slowed.

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Out in the harbour the wind picked up and there was water everywhere. The tide almost completely covered the marsh and the usual channel wall was an island surrounded by water.

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As we came back into Blakeney, Bonzo – our +1 – was put to work, jumping out of the kayak, taking the painter in his mouth and pulling us up on to the shore. Extra biscuits for him.

The route through the creek from Blakeney to Morston
The route through the creek from Blakeney to Morston

It was a good evening adventure followed by a fantastic sunset; among the top 5 of all time since we moved here. The circular route needs a tide height of 3m or more at the quay to get through reliably. Try it!

Sunset at Blakeney Quay
Sunset at Blakeney Quay