Winterton Circular Walk
This village in Norfolk has lovely coastal walking trails, a wonderful dune based nature reserve and some gorgeous local broads and meres to visit. The village itself is also very pretty with delightful cottages, unusual roundhouses and a fine 17th century pub to visit.
This circular walk from the village takes you along the beach to the nearby Horsey Windpump and Horsey Mere. You'll also visit the picturesque Martham Broad where there's a nature reserve and good birdwatching opportunities.
The walk starts in the public car park on the beach at Winterton. From here you can follow footpaths heading north through the 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. You can follow a path through the dunes to Bramble Hill and Horsey Gap. Here you leave the coast to follow footpaths south west to Horsey Windpump and Horsey Mere. You can climb the mill and enjoy fabulous views over the mere and surrounding broads.
After exploring the mere the route heads south from the mill to the Hundred Stream before coming to Martham Broad and the mill near the village of West Somerton. From here you follow footpaths east to East Somerton where you'll pass the remains of St Mary's church. Shortly after you return to Winterton on Sea where the route finishes.
PostcodeNR29 4DD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Winterton on Sea Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Winterton on Sea Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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Winterton on Sea Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into the village and you can visit the Fishermans Return for some post walk refreshments. The inn has some history, dating all the way back to the 17th century. There's a cosy interior with log fires and local memorabilia. They have a good menu and an outdoor area for warmer days. The pub is located just a short stroll from the beach front car park at postcode NR29 4BN for your sat navs.
The beach, coastal paths and the countryside trails make for a fine dog walk. The Fishermans Return mentioned above is also very dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north west of the village you'll find the splendid 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 west of the village 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.
If you head north along the coast path from Horsey Mere 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.
If you head south you can visit Hemsby and then stroll down to Ormesby Broad. The Ormesby Broad Walk visits the broad and includes a couple of fine waterside eateries. A little further along the coast there's Caister on Sea and one of the highlights of the area at Breydon Water, near Great Yarmouth.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Norfolk Broads Walks page.