Seal Spotting Paradise

Two species of seal breed in the UK, the grey and common seal. Both species spend much of their time when not feeding hauled out on beaches. Blakeney Point on the north Norfolk coast is one such haul out spot and unto 500 seals can be found here during summer. The plan is to catch a train from Liverpool St to Sheringham, we then take a 10 min bus trip to Morston Quey where we'll catch a watching boat for a 2hr seal watching trip around Blakeney Point. It is possible to walk there, but the boats will get us closer to the seals and disturb them less. Blakeney Point has a whole host of other wildlife too so, as the journey there takes 3hrs, there is the option of camping overnight at a site in Morston Quey (150 yards from the sea beach) and doing some more wildlife watching the next morning before leisurely heading back to London or catching a train back on Saturday night. Tickets from Liverpool St to Sheringham are currently £11 each way, seal spotting boats are £9 per person and the campsite is £7 per night - so all in all a pretty cheap weekend! The challenge for this trip is to see who can get the best photo of a grey and common seal - so don't forget your cameras! Sign up quickly so I can book us a boat trip before they get booked up!

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  • Perdesi

    A small group of like minded people enjoyed the weekend. The weather on Saturday night was a bit of disappointment, but out of one's control--- We saw both Common and Grey seals. Now waiting for the photos from the experts. We overall had great fun and laughs-- games, walk and a chance to see wild life closely.

    August 28, 2011

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    A former member

    It is a fantastic area, beautiful, full of Norfolk character, peaceful and really interesting.

    August 28, 2011

  • paula

    In the same boat as Simon - no reply from Lynne - if anyone gets this message and can offer me a lift would be much appreciated :) i'm coming from Acton -[masked]

    August 26, 2011

  • paula

    Yikes! have only just got in and seen all the messages! just texted Lynne to see if she has any room in her car??

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Hi Cat
    You can share my brand new tent , I just got from Tesco- no problem. Looking forward to see you---

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Hi Carolyn

    Thanks for the lift. I will be there on time- if any problem I will keep you informed. My home no is[masked] AND MOBILE NO is 07435 595638. I will give you a ring in a little while after checking TFL website. what is your car reg no? Looking forward to the break and meet everyone.

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    If there are 2 drivers I would be happy to be a passenger and would contribute towards the expenses. Carolyn pl let me know the tube station I can come to for the lift , I am in Southall (West London)- is it Canary Wharf station- or would it be better for me to go to Finchley to catch up a lift with Lynne- Phil pl confirm.

    August 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hold up londoners i think phils very kindly gonna pick me up at paddington, so hold onto your wonderful tube knowledge for now, hope to see you all tomorrow and hi perdesi, sorry for no reply, i got your message but i've been offline all week, i also could've potentially shared a tent with you although mines very cheap and i dont know how weather resistent!It was an emergency glastonbury purchase!x

    August 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, thanks for letting me know about the changes Phil, yeah i'm sure i can get to East finchley, I'm coming from Maidenhead, berkshire, and i'm not too used to the tubes, liverpool street i could handle but this one looks a bit more complicated, can any of the londoners recommend a route from paddington to east finchley, i was gonna change at moorgate but from my map it seems it has no weekend service! Many Many thanks for driving ladies.x

    August 26, 2011

  • Lynne R.

    I'll be taking my car, leaving from East Finchley tube station at 9.30am. Phone[masked] if you want a lift.

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Phil, do you have a mobile no I can contact you on , to confirm the final arrangements?

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Has it been decided that we will be going bey car? In that case , can you give me a lift in your car Carolyn? Pl confirm.

    August 26, 2011

  • Perdesi

    My car is small Ford KA , can take 4 people as long as we don't have too bulky baggage,otherwise 2/3 people. If we need to I am happy to drive and share expenses. Let me know. ring me on[masked] or[masked]---

    August 25, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Thanks Phil. That is great. I am looking forward to the weekend ! Sounds great--- I will look for a tent tomorrow -- have not done camping for many years ---

    August 24, 2011

  • Lynne R.

    Hi I'm doing boat trip and camping

    August 24, 2011

  • paula

    Hi Phil - was thinking boat trip might have been a bit earlier in the day. Just checking return trains back on Saturday night and there are only two after 6pm, one at 7pm-ish and one a bit later. I wanted to aim for 7pm train in case I miss any of the connections on the later one and end up stranded. Do you think i'll have enough time to get from where the boat trip finishes back to Sheringham train station in time for 7pm??

    August 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Phil, looking forward to the trip!! Please book me onto boat and camp site. PS just checked BBCweather, hail is forecast saturday, but sunday looks nice!!!!x

    August 24, 2011

  • Perdesi

    does anyone have 2 person tent and happy to share?

    August 24, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Pl confirm , I am not too late. if I can't do camping - I will ahve to return on Sat night.

    August 24, 2011

  • Perdesi

    Phil
    I would love to have the boat trip as well as camping experience. But I do not have a tent so can you advise which is the best on for one person? I will have to buy it tomorrow.

    August 24, 2011

  • paula

    Ok - just to confirm then, defo doing boat trip but not camping

    August 24, 2011

  • paula

    I'm not planning on camping - was going to catch the train back Saturday night. Is that ok??

    August 23, 2011

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