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Norfolk Broads Towns and Villages - West Somerton Map

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West Somerton can be found by cruising up the River Thurne from Potter Heigham, passing through Martham Broad, and on down a dyke that leads to the very pleasant free moorings amidst the farming pastures of this small village. The cruise alone through this wonderful landscape is a reason to make the journey. Ensure you keep between the marker posts when cruising through Martham Broad. You are able to moor either side of the dyke though watch out for weed that grows profusely under the water. A turning area is available at the bottom end of the moorings. A walk from the moorings up a slight hill brings you to a crossroads with the now-closed Lion Inn standing on one corner. 

Local Attractions: Take the road to the left of the Lion Inn to walk to Winterton On Sea with its sand dunes, which will take around 45 minutes. The journey is pleasant through farmland until you arrive at Winterton which is a small seaside resort. Whilst there you can take lunch at the Fisherman’s Return Public House or a takeaway from the Winterton Fish Bar. 
Walk along the moorings dyke up to Martham Broad and step back in time to how the whole of the Norfolk Broads must have looked a hundred years ago – unspoiled, quiet, and with an abundance of wildlife. 
St Marys is a 13th Century thatched church off Winterton Road – around a 10-minute walk from the moorings. The church contains fine 14th-century wall paintings as well as housing the grave of Robert Hales “The Norfolk Giant” marked by a tombstone befitting a giant. This gentleman was a Victorian celebrity and measured seven foot six in height. The village of Martham is a steady 30-minute walk from here. 

Eating and Drinking: The Kings Arms at Martham is now your closest public house, following the recent closure of the Lion at West Somerton. It's a 30-minute walk away down Somerton Road.

Other services. There are now no shops or cafes in the village.

TIP. For those not wanting to make the walk, a service bus operates through Winterton to Great Yarmouth from here.

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2024 & 2025 HOLIDAYS
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2024 & 2025 HOLIDAYS
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