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Sunset viewed from footpath to Nelson Head at Horsey Windpump, Norfolk
The path to Horsey beach | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Horsey Beach and village circular walk

This circular walk takes you to Horsey Beach, famous for its seal colony, and then around Horsey village. You'll walk through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as The Broads National Park, taking in both gentle coastal and sweeping Norfolk Broads landscapes.

Take care in wet weather

During wet weather and the colder months, paths around Horsey can become waterlogged, muddy and slippery underfoot. Please take care.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Horsey Windpump car park

Step 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 530 yards (480 metres) keeping near the ditch on your left.

Step 2

At the end of the field, turn left and go through the gate and walk for 0.1 miles (167 metres). This field could also hold livestock. Then continue onto a track for 350 yards (300 metres).

Step 3

At the end of the track, turn right onto a narrow lane and at the junction of two red brick cottages turn left and continue past a barrier to follow a grassy track. Follow the track for 700 yards (650 metres). The small fields either side are much wetter. In the summer months look for butterflies and dragonflies.

Step 4

Once you reach the back of the sand dunes you can either immediately turn left to head along to step 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 just under a mile until you reach Horsey Gap car park (not National Trust).

Step 5

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

Step 6

When you reach the road, turn right and walk for approximately 130 yards (110 metres) until you see a footpath heading left on the opposite side of the road. Please take care walking along the road.

Step 7

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

Step 8

From the church follow the road round to the left. Follow it for approximately 150 yards (140 metres) until you reach the main road.

Step 9

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

Step 10

Follow the path into the field on the left, then turn right and keep on following it until you reach the bridge. Turn right and cross over the road into the Horsey Windpump car park.

End point

Horsey Windpump car park

Trail map

Horsey beach and village circular walk
Horsey beach and village circular walk | © Crown Copyright

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Horsey, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EE

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