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|Horsey: Windmills, Dunes and Seals|
|Author: NickC, Published: 08 Jul 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Norfolk, Norfolk Broads|
|This is a circular walk that offers both Broads walking and a stretch of the coast, where there is the special treat of an opportunity to spot some seals – if you are lucky! The walk ends with a run along an old drain, but don’t worry, it’s not the unpleasant kind, just another word for a man-made ditch. Allow around two hours to complete. |
As if this wasn’t enough, the walk starts at Horsey Mill, a drainage mill once driven by windpower. The mill has been through the mill as it were, having continued to work until 1943 when it was struck by lightning and has recently had to undergo further restoration when it lost its fantail in the storms of 1987. Another, unrestored, mill is also seen on the walk. Wind power of a more modern kind can be seen on the coast in the form of a set of turbines out to sea.
Finally, if you have time, take advantage of the Wildlife Boat Trips on the Lady Ann, a classic wooden boat, which goes out onto Horsey Mere, which is a SSSI (call 07791 526440 to book). These last an hour and are well worth it. There is also a tea room and public toilets by the windmill.
The (pay and display) car park is easy to find, just follow the brown signs for the Windmill. Horsey is reached via the B1159 via the A149 and sits just north of Martham. The postcode is NR29 4EF.
|Start to Waxham New Cut|
Start point: 52.7425 lat, 1.6381 long
Head out of the car park and head right, keeping the water to your left. After about a hundred yards the path heads right into some trees, following a small drainage channel to your right. Horsey Mere is now out to your left. You can also see the thatched roof of an old Marshman’s Cottage jutting up amongst the reeds. Stay with the path as it diverts to the left, indeed it’s nigh on impossible to get lost here, just keep the wooden fence to your left. The path bends to the right, thereby hiding the Horsey Mere. Stay with the path until you reach the rusty brown water of Waxham New Cut.
|Waxham New Cut to Brograve Mill|
Start point: 52.7467 lat, 1.6246 long
Stay with the path as it bends slightly to the right where it meets the water, keeping the New Cut to your left. The path is fairly solid here and the walking relatively easy. Reeds occasionally hide the view of the Cut, but be assured it’s still there, as occasional glimpses will testify. This is a good spot for birdwatching, with plenty of trees on the opposite bank.
|Brograve Mill to Horsey Gap|
Start point: 52.7541 lat, 1.6267 long
Having admired the Mill, bear right, with the mill to your back. Head down the (in places somewhat overgrown) path down the edge of a field, aiming for the clump of trees straight ahead. You don’t go into these however, diverting to the left to stop you going into a dyke, and then to the right, over a bridge. Continue on the path with the trees now to your right, heading for some houses.
|Horsey Gap to Seal Viewing Area|
Start point: 52.7546 lat, 1.6448 long
Head down the Gap down to the car park, and in the top right hand corner of this follow the large sign directing you towards the Seal Viewing Area. This requires passing through a kissing gate, with the grass covered banks of the high dunes characteristic of this area to your left. It’s worth a diversion any point here to catch the view from the dunes, including the long sandy beaches punctuated by a series groynes and, to the far right, the wind turbines mentioned in the introduction.
|Seal Viewing Area to End|
Start point: 52.7511 lat, 1.6631 long
Leave the Seal Viewing Area to your back as you head right away from your previous path. The path is clearly marked and cuts across some marshland. Pass through a gate about half way down after which the path resumes its well defined course. Marsh gives way to more stable soil and crops begin to appear in the fields either side. On reaching a house, turn right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author NickC and may not be reproduced without permission.
Footpath was temporarily closed from the car park at Horsey Mill so we had to cross over the road and do a completely different walk. Hopefully drainage work will be completed before spring so we can try again.
|By Paulandrach on 21 Feb 2016|
Please note the footpath is now "temporarily" open until further work is undertaken later this year,this is straight from the horses mouth so to speak.The dyke leading to the mere is to be drained to enable further drainage under the dyke to be completed.Hope this helps. Paul
|By pjturner5 on 29 Feb 2016|
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