The Village of West Somerton in Norfolk
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
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
Winterton Dunes Nature Reserve with its rare Natterjack toad.
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