West Somerton with its back drop of white wind turbines
is a tiny rural village is located on the River Thurne
just under two miles from the East coast of Norfolk and
close the the area known as the Norfolk Broads.
This pocket-sized village is the birthplace of the
Norfolk Giant whose sarcophagus can be found in the
churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin with its picturesque
round Norman tower. Robert Hales rose to a height of
seven feet six inches, weighed four hundred and sixty
pounds, had shoulders thirty-six inches broad, measured
sixty-two inches around his chest, and sixty-four around
his waist and he had a sister who was taller than he!
Lovely area for walking and cycling and
for those wishing to take to the water, boats and yachts
can be hired by the hour, half day or entire day at the
nearby village of Martham.
Also at Martham you will find a variety of small shops
Up the coastal road is Horsey
Windpump a four storey drainage mill now fully resorted
and managed by the National Trust. The gallery at the
top of the windpump for those willing to make the climb
offers views towards the sea, and inland spectacular
views across the marshes that make up Horsey Mere. The
Mere is now a wildfowl refuge that attracts lots of
migratory birds in the winter months.
Round the coastal road in the other direction can be
found the sandy beaches at Winterton on Sea and
the Winterton Dunes Nature Reserve with its rare