Horsey Beach and village circular walk

Walking trail

This circular walk takes you to Horsey Beach (famous for its seals) and then around Horsey Village. Based within the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and The Broads National Park, this walk talks in beautiful coastline and iconic broadland in a way that very few other places can.

A Horsey landscape

Map

an os map with a walking route

Start:

Horsey Windpump Car Park

1

From the car park, head towards the entrance, cross the road (please take care) and go through the gates immediately opposite. Head straight across the field for 0.3 miles (480 metres) keeping the ditch on your left. Be aware that there may be livestock in the fields, which help to keep the grass short suitable for breeding and over-wintering birds such as waders and geese.

A couple walking along a field next to a drainage ditch

2

At the end of the field turn left and go over a stile and walk for 0.1 miles (167 metres). This field could also hold livestock and then continue onto a track for 300 metres (0.2 miles).

3

At the end of the track turn right onto a narrow lane and at the junction of two red brick cottages continue past a barrier to follow a grassy track. Follow the track for 0.4 miles (650 metres). The small fields either side are much wetter. In the summer months looks for butterflies and dragonflies. These marshes are much more closed-in structure hiding wildlife such as lapwings, red-shanks and small mammals. You can see the old network of drainage channels that dissect the area.

4

Once you reach the back of the sand dunes you can either immediately turn left to head along to point 5 or you can follow the access over the dunes onto the beach. From here you can often see seals. Please keep dogs on short leads and give the seals a wide berth. Either return to the path at the back edge of the dune or walk along the beach. Walk for 0.75 miles until you reach Horsey Gap Car Park (not National Trust).

Horsey Beach in Norfolk

5

Once you reach Horsey Gap Car park, turn left and follow the track down to the main road.

6

When you reach the road turn right and walk for approximately 130 yards until you see a footpath heading left on the opposite side of the road. Please take care walking along the road.

7

Carefully cross the road and follow the path and then metalled road into the village until you reach Horsey Church.

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All Saint's Church Horsey

8

From the church follow the road round to the left. Follow it for approximately 150 yards until you reach the main road.

9

Carefully cross over the road and turn right. Walk along the narrow path alongside the main road back towards the windpump.

10

Follow the path into the field and follow until you reach the bridge. turn right and cross over the road.

End:

Horsey Windpump Car Park

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Horsey Beach and village circular walk

Terrain

Walk along distinct but uneven dirt or grassy paths. Some slopes and steps and four stiles. Can be wet and very muddy after wet weather. Care needed when crossing the busy B1159 road. Not pushchair friendly. Dogs welcome but need to be kept on leads or close control, especially when crossing fields with livestock. Please respect other visitors. Please 'bag and bin'.

Horsey Beach and village circular walk

Contact us

Horsey Beach and village circular walk

How to get here

Address
Horsey Windpump Car Park, Horsey, Norfolk. NR29 4EE. Parking is free for National Trust members, £2 for two hours or £4 all day.
By train

Great Yarmouth, 11 miles (18km)

By road

On B1159, 22 miles (35.2km) east of Norwich taking A47 via Acle and Martham, or 11.6 miles (18.7km) north of Great Yarmouth

By foot

2.5 miles (4km) from West Somerton; 4 miles (6.4km) from Winterton on Sea, via public paths and highway

By bus

First 1/1A, Lowestoft to Martham. Please note public transport does not pass by Horsey Windpump.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 30, Great Yarmouth to Wells. See www.sustrans.org.uk

Horsey Beach and village circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Horsey Windpump car park