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3rd December 2019
Hiking - Walking: Horsey Gap
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Tuesday 3rd November – walk ***** - Horsey Wind pump to Horsey Gap – sunny periods.


I saw a memory on Mags Facebook page yesterday from the last time we had been to see the seals at Horsey Gap in Norfolk and as we have a run of nice still days with sunshine forecast, we decided to have a trip up to Norfolk to do it again. We had to sort out the van with quilts etc. and take enough food for a couple of days but as I had cut up more than enough vegetables to go with our roast chicken and make soup yesterday food was no problem! We were ready to leave Felixstowe at 9.30 and headed along the A14 past Ipswich turning right up the A 140 to Norwich, usually a dodgy road but traffic was nice and light so we made good time. You are soon out in the wilds of Norfolk as you cross the River Bure at Acle. As we are National Trust members, we parked up at Horsey wind pump for free and walked the 2.30 km. to the beach. We have some yummy homemade vegetable soup first setting off just past midday. The windmill looked great with its reflections in the staithe set off by a great patterned cloudy sky:) We set off over the fields which were very wet, luckily Mag had her wellies and I had my toasty snow boots so we had nice dry feet. We disturbed a feeding Heron but not much else, only a Robin and a flock of Geese in the distance. The sun was doing its best to come out as we reached the impressive dunes which were roped off to stop people climbing them and disturbing the seals. We turned right and followed to track to the wooden steps leading up to the beach viewing path and we were not disappointed as it was seals as far as the eye could see both ways!!! In fact, the last seal count was 1923 adults with 1400 pups which is an amazing number of seals. We then followed the dune path watching seal beach life which for the most was pretty static, mothers with new cream pups dozed on the beach while a few adults played in the surf with the odd tussle between the bigger seals which got a bit too close to each other! Then we came across two seals a bit older and as fat as fat having been left by their mothers right in the middle of the path! We sat down giving them some room but they soon wobbled towards us not caring that we were so close! We had a great time being entertained by the two lardy pups, one having fun using a fence post as a scratching post. We then continued on to the next set of steps before turning and heading back. We ambled back to the van for a very welcome cuppa and biscuit and while Mag read, I went to get some pics of the red sky sunset with the pump in silhouette and got a couple of wet feet! There was another photographer out with all the gear but he was a miserable git and didn’t even say hello and the fisherman spinning for pike didn’t seem to have any luck! As there is a sign up in this park saying no overnight parking to drove the mile and a half down the road to West Somerton to park at the end of another Staithe where we parked last year. We hope to have a walk by Horsey Mere tomorrow as it is supposed to be sunny and then probably home, we would have liked to have gone to the NT house at Bickling but that might be a bit too far to drive?


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