what we do

“We create fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging, but undoubtedly life-enriching adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats, based in Wells-next-the-Sea, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Run by a small, local team of professional adventurers, we skipper and host trips ranging from four hours to three days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature – the pace is yours to choose.

We only use locally sourced high-quality food and drink on our sails, ensuring a full Norfolk experience. Our philosophy is to run a sustainable business by investing in slow food, community engagement projects and the movement of cargo under sail.”


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Be inspired

Master Guitarist performance on the Salt Marsh - James Boyd

The first concert in a new series of exclusive musical events in the world’s most beautiful and inaccessible places.

September 29 2018 Wells Quay 0800 - 1100 Limited tickets available!

Stolen Years is the stunning portrayal of a lost world touched by
the shadow of war. Join master guitarist James Boyd as he tells the
story of his classic sailing yacht Concord, navigating the pre war
seas of the Thames Estuary with a crew of good companions.

James’ incomparable guitar playing flows seamlessly through poems & readings from Concord’s logbooks of the 1930s. Stolen Years
has mesmerised private audiences around Britain.

Never before has this concert been performed in so rare a location. Sail with The Coastal Exploration Company to a remote creek in the heart of the salt marshes between Wells and Blakeney.

Watch as the boats are transformed into an intimate concert venue
under the wide skies of Norfolk. Enjoy the finest local mussels and white wine (traded under sail) as the woodburning stove hisses and the marshes provide a haunting backdrop to an unforgettable experience.

Your skipper will be Henry Chamberlain, founder of The Coastal
Exploration Company. His traditional sailing craft and the business
he has created capture the wild heartbeat of Norfolk’s tideways and
byways. There is nothing on the whole of the East Anglian coast
to compare with the experiences he offers. A passion for adventure
and a deep love for this landscape are his hallmark.

This event is not for everyone. A sense of adventure is needed.
And only 14 places are available. If the idea speaks to your soul and
you would like an experience you will remember for the rest
of your life, please contact james@jamesboyd.co.uk

07970 276 397

Master guitarist Concert

New route established from Wells to Cley Windmill - without going to sea!

As featured in The Guardian Newspaper!

Sail in our robust little crab boat from Wells to Cley through the marsh across the sand near Blakeney Pt, then into Cley Marsh.

On your own? Then drop us a line and we can hook you up with another group!

Tapas and fine wine with Titchwell Manor - 30th September

We are looking forward to another collaboration with Titchwell manor on Sunday 30th September!

Enjoy a two hour trip through North Norfolk's creeks and Marshes whilst enjoying delicious Norfolk Tapas and fine wine.

£99 per person, call 01485 210221 to book now!

Traditional Sea School

The aim of our Traditional Sea School is to reconnect people with the wild and beautiful nature of the North Norfolk coast, whilst providing instruction on important coastal skills such as:
- Traditional Sailing
- Understanding the tides
- Knots and seamanship skills
- Navigation (using a map and compass)
- Foraging, fishing and wild cooking
- How to sustain oneself in a potential hostile environment

Guests' reviews

swallows and amazons

“FOLLOW THE WITHIES,” advises Henry, as I tug on the wooden tiller of his clinker-built, 1950s crab boat My Girls with trepidation, watching the narrow, marshy creek zig-zag before her prow.

“Swallows and Amazons, remember? Secret Water? Withies are the sticks that mark the channel, so you know where it is at high tide,” he explains. I spot them, a reassuring line of thin willows, standing upright above swirling eddies of muddy water, steadfastly marking deep water and our safe passage.

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Learn to sail with the RYA-accredited Norfolk etc (01263 740704; norfolketc.co.uk) or book a sailing expedition in a traditional Norfolk fishing boat through the newly launched Coastal Exploration Company for an adventurous trip along the coast and along the atmospheric creeks and backwaters between Thornham and Cley in North Norfolk. Spot wildlife, catch mackerel, learn about navigation and enjoy delicious homemade food.

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Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then vanish, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Further ahead, a group lie motionless on the water, as if levitating. It takes me a moment to realise that the sea is so shallow they are resting on a submerged sand bank.

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