Horsey Windpump and Horsey Mere
A fine circular walk visiting an early 20th century drainage windmill on the Norfolk Broads with lovely waterside footpaths along Horsey Mere and other waterways. It's a beautiful area with reedbeds, marshes and the option of extending the walk to the nearby Horsey Beach where you can look out for grey seals and explore the dunes. Horsey Dunes, together with the adjoining Winterton Dunes, also contain the largest colonies of dark green fritillary and grayling butterflies in Norfolk.
The National Trust owns the mill so you can enjoy a climb to the top and enjoy fabulous views over the mere and surrounding broads. The area is also great for wildlife watching with Bitterns and Marsh Harrier to look out for in the air.
Highlights on the walk include Horsey's thatched church with a Saxon round tower and fascinating interior. You will also pass the 18th century Brograve Mill. The mill is now a derelict Grade II listed building and the earliest surviving tower mill in the Broads.
There's lots of good options for extending your walk. You could head just a mile to the west and visit Hickling Broad where you can pick up the Weavers' Way long distance trail. The trail runs around the broad before picking up delightful riverside paths along the River Thurne.
PostcodeNR29 4EE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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For some post exercise rest and refreshment you could head to The Nelson Head in the village. The redbrick traditional country pub includes a cosy open fire and a nice beer garden. Inside there's an interesting interior with a large collection of marshman's implements, local pictures and Nelson memorabilia on display.
There's also good quality locally source food, real ale and a parking area. They are also dog friendly. You can find them at a postcode of NR29 4AD for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Winterton on Sea Walk visits the site from the nearby village. The longer circular walk provides an alternative route to the site and also visits nearby Martham Broad. There's much to enjoy in Winterton too with village features including a lighthouse, pretty cottages, unusual roundhouses and a fine 17th century pub. The area also includes the noteworthy Winterton Dunes. The dunes are part of a National Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of coastal birds and the natterjack toad.
The Potter Heigham Walk starts from the nearby village and visits the broad before heading along the Thurne River to the little village of Thurne. In Potter Heigham there's some interesting architecture and a noteworthy 12th century church which is well worth a visit. In Thurne there's the picturesque Thurne Mill which was built in 1820 and is still working today.
If you head north along the coast path you could visit Sea Palling, Eccles on Sea and the worthy village of Happisburgh. There's a lovely secluded beach, a striking 18th century lighthouse and a historic 15th century church to see here.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.