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Horsey Mere

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 wind pump to the viewpoint over Horsey Mere.

Walk details

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: NR29 4EE

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

Site owned/managed by National Trust, tel: 01263 740 241, email: [email protected].

Information boards in car park and on site.


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 wind pump (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


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

Shop and café: Staithe Stores offers refreshments, open Easter-October. Nelson’s Head PH in nearby Horsey

Boat Trips: Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips offers an informal and relaxing boat ride across Horsey Mere (seasonal. Text: 07791 526 440, www.wildlife-boat-trips.co.uk)

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

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