Static caravan breaks provide an ideal opportunity to get up close and personal with grey seals, at price everyone can afford.
If you search on Rent My Caravan, you can look for static caravans for hire around the coastline, for either week-long or mini breaks. You can book one or more static caravans to use as a base to explore the nature reserves and seal colonies of your choice.
What can be more amazing than to visit a seal colony at one of the very few locations here in the UK? Believe it or not, the highest number of grey seals worldwide is to be found in the British Isles.
Lifecycle of a grey seal
The sandy beaches and dunes on the coastline provide a particularly rich habitat, which allows for the grey seal species to breed in large numbers. When born in November, the seal pups are pure white. By the time December ends, they’re usually beginning to flop and stand and are mostly weaned. Their coat becomes darker and mottled and will develop into a waterproof surface, just like their parents, at which time they’re ready to make for the sea. Their lifecycle continues, they mate and get pregnant, and are set to deliver more pups at around the same time the following year. The late autumn and early winter periods are the best time to visit the beach reserves if you want to try a catch a glimpse of the hundreds of baby seal pups.
Horsey Seal Colony – Norfolk
Many visitors come every year to the seal colony on the north-east coast of Norfolk. If you are lucky you can view the seals all year round at the far end of Blakeney Point and at Winterton, a few miles south of Horsey. The Wardens rope off the beach until the end of January to protect the seal pups, but you will no doubt be mesmerised by the hundreds of seals that you do spot. They will all seem to be unfazed by the crowds of people that appear on sunny days.
For the majority of the time, you will find that the area is very quiet. It’s a glorious location with fantastic views back over the marshes towards Horsey. There are two access walks to the beach viewing area, both of which promise amazing encounters with the seals.
Park at the Nelson Head pub, walk across the fields for half an hour, then return for a lovely lunch. If you want a longer walk, leave your car at Horsey Windpump. However, the only enticement at the end of this route is a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
Check out the video below to view a short documentary about the grey seals at Horsey:
Northumberland Coast – St Mary’s Island
One of the wonderful things about this coastline, in the North East of England, is the wealth of wildlife and how easy it is to access it. You don’t even need to get into a boat. All along the coast you can spot common and grey seals doing what they do best, eating, sleeping and swimming.
There are various spots, especially on the rocks around St. Mary’s Island and the lighthouse at Whitley Bay where the seals often come out of the sea to digest their food and rest. This is a fantastic location to observe the seals in their natural habitat. The tide comes in and cuts off access to the island twice a day, although at low tide it is accessible via a short causeway. If you go for a visit with the family, for beach activities and rock pooling, remember to check the tide timetables.
Static caravan breaks
Search the many caravans for hire around the British coastline to experience an amazing wildlife encounter. You can book static caravan breaks all over the UK, direct with owners, on Rent My Caravan.