Skip to content
View of boats on Hornsey Mere near Horsey Windpump, Norfolk
View of boats on Hornsey Mere near Horsey Windpump | © National Trust Images/Fisheye Images

Horsey Windpump and Estate walk

Experience the Broadland landscape and wealth of wildlife at the Horsey Estate in Norfolk. Take a wander around Horsey Mere and discover reedbeds, marshes and a drainage mill.


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

National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump, NR29 4EE. Grid ref: TG456223.

Step 1

From the car park, head to the Staithe via the path leading past the toilet block, cross the bridge, take a right and follow the path along the flood bank adjacent to Horsey Mere.

Step 2

At Lady's Hill turn right. Heading north, follow the floodbank and then turn left towards Waxham Cut.

Step 3

Turn right where the path rejoins the floodbank and continue along a large dyke, the Waxham Cut. You will see the derelict Brograve Drainage Mill ahead.

Brograve Mill at Horsey Windpump, Norfolk
Brograve Mill at Horsey Windpump | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

Step 4

Turn right opposite the mill and leave the floodbank. Walk along the edge of the field until you reach a bridge over a dyke. Cross over the bridge and continue to the houses at Horsey Corner.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

Taking care, cross the road and turn left and then right 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.

Step 9

Passing the pub on your left, after about 100m, take a right through a gate onto the path. Follow this path until you reach a gate ahead of you.

Step 10

Go through the gate 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. You can enjoy a cup of tea and cake at the café.

View of the windmill on an early morning at Horsey Windpump, Norfolk
View of the windmill on an early morning at Horsey Windpump | © National Trust Images/Rob Coleman

End point

National Trust car park, Horsey Windpump, NR29 4EE. Grid ref: TG456223.

Trail map

Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk trail map
Horsey Windpump and Estate Walk trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

You made it

Share your experience

More near here

Sunset viewed from footpath to Nelson Head at Horsey Windpump, Norfolk

Horsey Beach and village circular walk 

This circular walk takes you through the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as The Broads National Park, passing by the seal colony at Horsey Beach.

DistanceMiles: 3.6 (km: 5.76)
Thick frost on the ground with the windpump standing against a bright blue sky at sunrise at Horsey Windpump, Norfolk

Horsey Windpump and beach walk 

Follow the Horsey Broadland landscape and wander across low–lying grazing marshes, sand dunes and a sandy beach with grey seals.

DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)

Get in touch

Horsey, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EE

Our partners

Cotswold Outdoor

We’ve partnered with Cotswold Outdoor to help everyone make the most of their time outdoors in the places we care for.

Visit website 

You might also be interested in

Sheringham Park rhododendrons flowering on either side of the main drive

Walking in Norfolk 

Discover the best walks around Norfolk, from a stroll around the estate at Blickling to a bracing trek on the Norfolk Coast Path.

A person walking along the South West Coast Path at East Soar, South Devon


Explore some of the finest landscapes in our care on coastal paths, accessible trails, woodland walks and everything in between. Find the best places to walk near you.

A group of people in a hiking group are being guided on a hike by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Cotswold Outdoor: our exclusive walking partner 

Find out more about the National Trust’s ongoing partnership with Cotswold Outdoor as our exclusive walking partner.

An aerial view of an adult and baby walking a dog along a path at Baggy Point, Devon

Staying safe at National Trust places 

The special places in National Trust care sometimes come with a few risks for visitors, be it coastline or countryside. Find out how to keep safe throughout your visits.

A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

Follow the Countryside Code 

Help to look after National Trust places by observing a few simple guidelines during your visit and following the Countryside Code.

View of Horsey Windpump, Norfolk

Things to do at Horsey Windpump 

Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Horsey Windpump, with special sights from the windows on all five floors on the way to the top, with 61 steps in total.

View from Horsey Windpump of the Horsey Staithe Stores, Norfolk

Eating and shopping at Horsey Windpump 

The café serves a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Stop by the second-hand bookshop and bag yourself a new read.

Several people in tandem kayaks are paddling in the water at Mullion Cove, Cornwall.

Outdoor activities 

Searching for a new outdoor activity to try? Discover the best places in our care for outdoor activities, including off-road cycle tracks, walking trails and coastlines for water sports.