Horsey – Sea Palling, Hickling and Potter Heigham
The Norfolk coastline is one of the most beautiful in the UK. Offering golden, sandy beaches, sweeping views and a wealth of wildlife, this stunning stretch of sand has something for everyone.
If you’re out exploring the Norfolk coast, this fantastic circular bike route is a great way to get to know the area even better. Taking you through wetlands, past beaches and into pretty villages, the varied route offers a great introduction to coastal Norfolk.
As this is a circular route, you can begin your bike ride anywhere along its length. Most villages on the route have car parks and pubs, so where you start is really up to you.
If you’re beginning your bike ride in Horsey, start by cycling north out of the village towards Sea Palling. Go past the 16th-century Waxham Barn before turning left down Hickling Road towards Hickling Green. Keep left on Staithe Road as you cycle through the village and you’ll pass Hickling Broad and a welcoming local pub.
Continue south along Potter Heigham Road. When you reach the village, turn left along Bridge Road then follow the path as it curves round to the left towards Martham. Cycle through the village and continue on the Martham Road past West Somerton. Just before you reach East Somerton, turn left on the Horsey Road and you’ll return to the start of the bike ride.
Although it’s almost completely flat, this route stretches for around 20 miles, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit if you’re going to attempt it. The wind blowing in off the sea can also make cycling difficult, so make sure you’re up to the challenge if you’re tackling the route on a breezy day.
In Horsey, you’ll find a pub, a car park, toilets and a couple of cafes. Sea Palling, Hickling Green and Potter Heigham also offer a range of facilities, with pubs also located at Hickling Broad and East Somerton. Although most pubs and cafes in the area operate year-round, some facilities along the coast may only be open during peak periods.
Points of interest
Do a little sightseeing before you set off with a visit to the Horsey Windpump. This historic building has been fully restored and offers great views across Horsey Mere. Take a walk across the dyke or fuel up with tea and cake in the onsite café.
As this is a coastal route, a stop on one of the nearby beaches is a must. Lock your bike up in Sea Palling and then follow the various paths and tracks down to the sea. If the sun is shining, or if you’re feeling brave, you can take a dip before continuing on your way.
If you want to explore a little more of the local countryside, stop in Hickling Green and take a walk through the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. Open throughout the year, it’s a great place to learn about local plants and animals.
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