komoot planned a hike.
April 4, 2019
This easy-going loop is packed full of interest. With so much wildlife, picturesque scenery and heritage to experience, it feels like this hike should take an entire day—not a leisurely few hours.
At barely three feet (one meter) above sea level, Horsey is at the mercy of the ocean and has paid the price for this in the past with devastating floods. As you explore landscape around the quaint village, though, you will find the unchanging wildness utterly breathtaking.
This route starts from Horsey Mere. Regarded as one of the most beautiful broads in the national park, it offers a habitat of international importance for many species of bird and insect.
Right next to the lake is Horsey Drainage Mill, the most famous feature of the village. Dating from the 19th century, the mill was built to pump water from the surrounding farmland. Having been closed for repairs and restoration since 2015, the iconic mill has now reopened to the public.
From the mere, follow the county lane north into the village, past All Saints Church and continue to the coast. If you want to extend the route, follow the path around the northern shores of the mere and up to Brograve Drainage Mill, where you take the footpath east and rejoin the route shown here. This will add roughly 45 minutes.
When you arrive at Horsey Gap, you join the Norfolk Coast Path and follow it to Horsey Beach Seal Viewing. Between November and February, hundreds of grey seals breed here every year. If you are here during this period, this is an unmissable opportunity.
April 5, 2019