Ormesby Broad Walks
This short walk takes you along Ormesby Broad to the village of Ormesby St Michael where you can visit Ormesby Little Broad. At the end of the walk there's also a splendid waterside pub for refreshment. From the start point there's also the option of heading into the nearby village of Rollesby.
The walk starts on Rollesby Bridge where there's a public car park. There's also the Waterside Cafe on the western side of the bridge, which offers an alternative start/finish point. You can follow the pavement east along the bridge where there are views to Rollesby Broad to the south and Ormesby Broad to the north. The road will eventually lead you to Ormesby St Michael where you can turn south along a country lane to take you down to Ormesby Little Broad. Here you can enjoy views across the water from the lovely garden area of The Boathouse restaurant. The route returns to the car park on the same paths but you could extend the walk by heading into the village of Rollesby on the western side of the bridge. There's an interesting 14th century church to see here.
Ormesby Broad Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ormesby Broad Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ormesby Broad OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ormesby Broad Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Ormesby St Michael you can enjoy a drink at The Boathouse. It's in a lovely spot, overlooking the broad and set in 11 acres of beautiful parkland. They have a large garden area with several tables right next to the water. They also serve high quality food and provide accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find them at the end of Eels Foot Road with a postcode of NR29 3LP for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
At the other end of the walk in Rollesby there's The Waterside near the bridge and car park. There's a lovely cafe here with views over Rollesby Broad to enjoy.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head north east from the broad and you can visit the delightful coastal village of Winterton on Sea. There's much to enjoy here 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 Winterton on Sea Walk starts at the lighthouse and takes you through the dunes to Horsey Windpump and Horsey Mere and Martham Broad.
To the north there's also Hickling Broad. It's the largest of the Broads and a fantastic area for birdwatching with several species to look out for on the water. In the village of Hickling you can also pick up the Weavers' Way. This waymarked long distance footpath takes you to several of the highlights of the Norfolk Broads.
Just to the north west you can pick up the Potter Heigham Walk. The historic village includes River Walks along the Thurne river, a mediaeval bridge and the Church of St Nicholas which dates from the 12th century.
To the south there's the expansive Breydon Water, near Great Yarmouth.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.