Norfolk Walk from Horsey Mere To See The Grey Seals

Horsey Windmill, NorfolkHorsey Windpump is a must-see on any trip to Norfolk. Built over a hundred years ago and now owned by the National Trust on Horsey Staithe, 22-miles east of Norwich.

Norfolk Grey SealsThe whole area is Horsey Mere Nature Reserve, connected to Hickling Broad and the River Thurne. The eastern edge of the Norfolk Broads. A maritime fen, surrounded by reedbeds and grazing marsh.

There you can see marsh harriers, sedge warblers, cranes, swallowtail butterflies, and an abundance of wild geese, ducks and dragonflies. And rare grey seals sunning themselves on the desolate beaches. About half the world’s grey seals are in Britain.

Horsey Mere StyleHorsey Sand Dunes, NorfolkPark in the National Trust carpark, enjoy a cup of tea at the thatched cafe, and walk to the coast only a mile away.  Start across the road along the footpath. At the stile, turn left and head towards the distant gap in the sand dunes.

Grey Seals, Horsey Beach, Norfolk

Seals at Horsey BeachThe seal colony is on the right of the windswept beach and best seen October to January.  Pups are white, females light-grey, and males dark grey. Grey seals mate and give birth on land and can live as long as 46-years.

 

Horsey Sandunes and Beach, NorfolkFacing the sea, stroll left along the beach and back over the dunes.  There are footpaths among the tall grass on the sand dunes and behind them.

Or for a longer 8-mile round-trip, walk right, along the beach to the unspoiled fishing village of Winterton-On-Sea.

 

Nelson Head Pub, HorseyIf you return back through the gap in the dunes, follow the path and keep right for the Nelson Head – a traditional country freehouse, dog-friendly with a big log fire in the winter.  This is how pubs used to be before they were taken over by TV and piped music.

 

All Sants Chruch, Horsey, NorfolkFollow the road from the pub to Horsey Village with a population of about a hundred. There you can visit the thatched All Saints Church, originally built around 800-years ago.  Its Saxon round tower is rare in Britain, but common in East Anglia where about 180 survive.  Most are flint.

 

Horsey Mere Nature Reserve MapKeep on the verge along the road back to the car park. A round trip is about 4 to 5 miles and will take around 2 ½-hours site-seeing.

The longer 8-mile trip through Winterton-On-Sea will take about 4-hours.

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