Walking

Walking trail

Horsey Windpump to Beach walk, Norfolk

Walking trail

Experience the Broadland landscape with this 3 mile return walk to the beach, following grassy paths and tracks, encompassing low-lying grazing marshes, sand dunes and a narrow sandy beach, with a chance of seeing Grey Seals.

Permissions

Please note that this walk has been made possible with kind permission from the Buxton family.

Map

Horsey Windpump to beach walk map

Start:

National Trust Car Park, Horsey Windpump TG456223

1

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 of coffee. From the Stores, cross the road (please take care) and go through the gates imediately opposite.

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Aerial photo of Horsey staithe stores, a black thatched building

2

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.

3

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).

4

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.

5

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 clsoed in structure hiding wildlife such as lapwings, redshanks and small mammals. You can see the old network of drainage channels that dissect the area.

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A Horsey landscape

6

You have now reached the sand dunes that run along this stretch of the coast. Follow designated access tracks that lead up and over them. Grey seals can often be seen here. Please give them a wide berth and keep any dogs under control. In the winter the Friends of Horsey seals are on hand to talk about the seal pups and to give information on how to see them. Please note that the beach is closed October to January to provide a wildlife sanctuary.

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A solitary seal sits with its head upright and its paws supporting it on a beach at Blakeney Point

7

After walking the beach, return to Horsey Staithe Stores via the same route. The Nelson Head Pub is located just a little inland along the lane at Point 4. When you reach the road next to the Stores take care crossing it. Toilets are in the car park.

End:

National Trust Car Park, Horsey Windpump TG456223

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Horsey Windpump to Beach walk, Norfolk

Terrain

There is one stile on the route and marshes can become muddy and wet outside the summer months. Suitable footwear will be necessary. For guidance on how to see the seals without disturbing them please refer to www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk. Please give seals a wide berth and follow any information and signs on the site. For more information please visit www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk. 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 to Beach walk, Norfolk

Contact us

Horsey Windpump to Beach walk, Norfolk

How to get here

Address
National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump 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. Postcode NR29 4EF.

By foot

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

By ferry

Hire craft at Potter Heigham, Martham and Whispering Reeds, Hickling. Access to Horsey Mere via Meadow Dyke from Heigham Sound and river network. NOTE: please avoid Mere Nov-Mar to avoid disturbing the wildfowl refuge.

By bus

First 1/1A, Lowestoft to Martham. See www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/suffolk_norfolk

By bicycle

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

Horsey Windpump to Beach walk, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Horsey Windpump (admission fees apply
  • Parking - NT Pay & Display car park & drop-off point.
  • WC's - NT toilets, accessible toilet & shower.
  • Seats/seating available
  • Food and drink: Horsey Staithe Stores (next to Horsey Windpump) - March-November for snacks and light refreshments. See website for opening times. Nelson Head public house and restaurant is open from 11am.