Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk Norfolk

Walking trail

'The Bitterns boomed and Marsh Harriers hawked over Horsey, the caterpillars of the Swallowtail were still to be found on clumps of Milk Parsley' - Sir Peter Scott. ************************************************************************ Experience the Broadland landscape and wealth of wildlife of the National Trust's Horsey Estate. See its Mere, reed-beds, marshes and drainage mills. ************************************************************************ During wet weather and the colder months, paths around Horsey can become water-logged, muddy and slippery under-foot. Please take care.

The National Trust acquired The Horsey Estate in 1948 from the Buxton family, who continue to manage it. This walk is provided with support from our lessee, the Horsey Estate Trust who manage much of the Horsey Estate, and also with thanks to the Broads Authority and the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project. Suitable for families.


Horsey Estate Walk Map


National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump. NR29 4EF grid ref: TG456223


From the car park head back towards the entrance and visit Horsey Staithe Stores (Mar-Nov) for information on the area, a warm welcome and a quick cup of tea or coffee. From the Stores, head to the Staithe and follow the path along the flood bank, adjacent to the car park and around the edge of Horsey Mere.

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Aerial photo of Horsey staithe stores, a black thatched building


At Lady's Hill turn right, heading north follow this new flood-bank, and then turn left towards Waxham Cut.

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Horsey mere surrounded by reeds


Where the path rejoins the flood-bank turn right and continue along a large dyke, the Waxham Cut. You will see the derelict Brograve Drainage Mill ahead of you.

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Brograve Mill Horsey


Turn right opposite the mill and leave the flood-bank. Enter a field. Walk along the edge of the field until you reach the stile and a bridge over a dyke. Cross both and continue to the houses at Horsey Corner.


When you reach the metalled road turn right, then left between the houses and continue on a narrow path into a field.


Continue along the field edge and turn right where the path meets a hedge. Continue on; the path widens and has a hedge either side.


The grassy track joins a metalled road (Binsley Close). Continue on past the houses and All Saints' Church, Horsey. Follow the road round to left and continue before turning right and reaching the main road (B1159).

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All Saint's Church Horsey


Taking care, cross the road and turn left and over a small foot bridge. Go left and walk along the field edge to the field entrance. Turn right and walk down the narrow lane to your right (The Street) looking out for traffic. Continue down The Street past houses, National Trust holiday cottages and the Nelson Head pub and restaurant.

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Horsey Barns Exterior


Passing the pub on your left, and after approx 100m look out for a wide grassy path on you right. Follow this path keeping a ditch on your left hand side. Continue until reaching a stile ahead of you. NOTE: the remainder of this walk is via a permissive path provided by the Horsey Estate Trust


Cross the stile and turn right. You will see Horsey Windpump ahead. Continue to the main road. Take care crossing the road. Toilets are in the car park. Have a deserved cup of tea/cake at the shop.

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Horsey Windpump without its sails


National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump. NR29 4EF grid ref: TG456223

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Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk Norfolk


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 Windpump and Estate Walk Norfolk

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Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk Norfolk

How to get here

National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump. NR29 4EF grid ref: TG456223
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.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 30, Great Yarmouth to Wells. See

Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Horsey Windpump (admission fees apply - free for National Trust members)
  • Food and drink : Staithe Stores tearoom (March - November) for snacks and light refreshments.
  • Parking : National Trust pay and display car park - free for National Trust members.
  • Toilets and shower (provided by National Trust)
  • Shopping : Gift shop.