The Village of West Somerton in Norfolk

West Somerton Norfolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the Norfolk village of West Somerton with its back drop of white wind turbines.  This 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! The village has a good Public House/Inn The Lion.  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 for provisions. 

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 Natterjack toad.

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