Where the eastern outlier of Norfolk Coast AONB uniquely overlaps the Broads designation on the east coast of Norfolk. Regarded for its internationally important wildlife it's also a great place for walking and bird watching throughout the year. A short, easy access walk from the car park and alongside the moorings as the pleasure craft come and go, past to the iconic windpum to the viewpoint over Horsey Mere.
Length of walk: About a quarter of a mile (400 metres)
Location: East coast 12 miles north of Great Yarmouth on B1159 south of Horsey village
Map Ref: TG 457222 Postcode: TG 457222
Getting there: Signed on the B1159 coast road between Sea Palling and Somerton
by public transport: Currently none direct to Horsey. Nearest train station Great Yarmouth
by cycling or walking: Within easy reach of new England Coast Path and on the Norfolk Coast Cycleway
Information boards in car park and on site
Parking: Pay and display, National Trust members free, open dawn to dusk
Mere and waterside: Free, open all year
Windpump: Entrance fee, open Easter-October 2017 note: Windpump restoration being carried out and due for completion 2018 – check for latest updates at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/horsey-windpump/projects/restoring-horsey-windpump if you are visiting specifically to look inside
Shop and café: Staithe Stores offers refreshments, open Easter-October. Nelson's Head PH in nearby Horsey
Toilets: Adjacent to car park open dawn to dusk
A compact visitor area is easy to explore with good information, seasonal boat trips (independent operator) onto Horsey Mere.
Boat trips: Ross' Wildlife Boat Trips offers an informal and relaxing boat ride across Horsey Mere (seasonal. text: 07791 526440, www.wildlife-boat-trips.co.uk)
Accessibility and family provision
Toilets: Disabled and baby-changing facilities open dawn to dusk all year
Hire equipment available to borrow: None
Wheelchair access: Car park surfaced with disabled parking spaces provided, overflow grassed area. Sloped path to access walk around waterside and Mere viewing point. Ramp access to ground floor of windpump (prior to restoration).
Hearing loop: In tearoom
For families: Buggy accessible. Note: this is boat mooring area so has mooring ropes and open water.
Dogs allowed on leads
Access for all route
Start & Finish: At car park
Distance(s): 400 metres to viewpoint
Accessibility: From car park to viewing point fully accessible
Gradients: A gentle slope from near shop up to banktop path
Stiles & Gates: None
Surface: Mostly compacted stone
Waymarking: Yes but not required on this simple route
Seating: Seats along path and at viewing area
Specific hazards: Off the surfaced path be aware of boat mooring ropes and no barriers to waterside.
Footwear/clothing: Clothing according to prevailing weather
Downloadable Walks for all guide sheet