Circular Walk around Horsey
Horsey Windpump is a popular attraction in this area and stands five storeys above the surrounding marshes. The Mill is owned by the National Trust and costs a few pounds to go inside (free if you are a member) but the views over the surrounding landscape make it very much worth it.
Horsey Windpump is a popular attraction in this area and stands five storeys above the surrounding marshes. The Mill is owned by the National Trust and costs a few pounds to go inside (free if you are a member) but the views over the surrounding landscape make it very much worth it. This walk takes you away from the crowds of people surrounding the Mill and heads through the quiet marshes filled with wildlife. It passes the reed beds of Horsey Mere and along Waxham Cut to Brograve Drainage Mill with its subsiding structure and only two sails remaining – a stark contrast to the first windmill on this walk! From the Mill, the route heads through the farm land of the Horsey Estate and passes the lovely Parish Church which dates from around the 12th/13th century and has a round tower which is quite rare.
1) From the National Trust car park by Horsey Mill. you need to follow the Public Footpath on the North side of Horsey Staithe (this is the Car Park side) and head along the footpath to the West (in the direction of Horsey Mere). After a few hundred metres or so, the footpath turns right and follows a route along the reed beds and marshes. After 200m or so the path bends round to the left and continues West for 500m before turning North again for 150m and then turning West again and up to Waxham Cut for about 800m (half a mile) where you will be on the other side of the river to Brograve Drainage Mill.
2) Turn right to follow a path along a fence to the East and after about 650m, the path turns left (North) for just a short way and then turns right over a footbridge and continues along the edge of the field up to a narrow road. Once at the road, turn right and then almost immediately on the left is a footpath that follows a trackway up to a field and then follows the edge of the field along the left-hand side and up to a junction in the footpath.
3) Turn right and follow the edge of the field to the South and once you pass the fields, you will join a trackway which turns into a minor road that heads up to the Church. Turn left just past the Church and follow the country lane for about 100m where there is a road off to the right, taking you to the main road through Horsey, Head up to the main road and continue to the right to get back to Horsey Windpump.
Route and photographs supplied by Joe Jackson.