H – Horsey Mill & Heigham Holmes

By webcoreadmin On April 09, 2014 · Add Comment · H – Horsey Mill & Heigham Holmes

A 13 mile bike ride from the Barn on National Cycle Route 30 brings you to the National Trust Property, Horsey Mill.

The Mill is well preserved and stands in beautiful countryside by the Broads, it offers lots of insight to the areas history depicted in frames around the walls, the climb to the top gives spectacular views across the broads and wet lands of this corner of North Norfolk.

A walk over the salt marshes (approx 2 miles) brings you to the huge sand dunes that act as sea defence. An opening used to gain access to the beach brings you out onto the golden sands which are well populated by tourists and locals alike.

Turn right away from the crowds and walk half a mile down the beach and you start to get the feeling you are being watched! Small dog like heads break the surf and stare curiously at you with big dark eyes before vanishing under the waves.

Climbing over the rocks you then come within a hundred meters of a large seal colony sunbathing on the shore, if you don’t venture to close you can sit observing their behaviour without disturbing them.

On the return route it was fascinating to watch three divers surrounded by seals who couldn’t figure out who their tailor was.

Horsey Mill and Beach a great family adventure.

The head warden for Horsey NT Stephen Prowse

Also manages the inland NT wetland of Heigham Holmes, he guides tours of the area once or twice per year, please look up the link for information of guided walks Heigham Holmes The tour Barn & Beach booked was truly fascinating

‘Planes, Drains and Wildlife’  a little mystery, intrigue and nature abounding, Mr Prowse’ narrative alone  is well worth the trip

a hidden gem
a hidden gem

Mr Prowse kindly left me these words today too;

We don’t as yet have an official leaflet.

The National Trust acquired HH in 1987. At first it was intensive grassland with arable on the high ground around the farm buildings. The NT entered HH into agri-environment schemes firstly ESA and more recently DERFRA’s HLS scheme. The NT working with its tenant have reinstated Higher water levels and an extensive grazing system and reverted arable areas to permanent grassland. Since that time the whole site has been recognised for its national and international importance for wildlife and in particular wintering birds

You can see Fadens map of Norfolk online here: http://www.fadensmapofnorfolk.co.uk/


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