We are sorry to announce that Berney Arms Windmill is closed for essential maintenance work until further notice. Nearby Burgh Castle and Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars' Cloisters are open as usual.
Visit one of the Norfolk Broads' tallest marsh mills, standing at over 70 feet (21 metres) high and visible for miles around. Probably built c. 1870 to grind a constituent of cement and in use until 1948, ending its days powering a still-visible scoop wheel to drain surrounding marshland.
Supported by the RSPB.
Before You Go
Parking: The mill is not accessible by road and the nearest place to park is Halvergate.
How to Find It: The mill is in a remote location and is not accessible by road. The nearest access by car is from Halvergate from where the mill can be reached via public footpath and a 3 1/2 mile walk. Or the mill is a 6-mile walk from Great Yarmouth.
Alternatively, Berney Arms station is a 1/4 mile walk from the mill. It is a request stop on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth line. The station has no facilities or shelter.
Access: Please be aware that the area around the mill is exposed. Some of the footpath from Great Yarmouth is raised on steep banks next to water and it can be very wet and muddy during winter. At the mill there are nine concrete steps down from the path to the mill entrance. The mill itself has steps up to the entrance and then steep ladder-like stairs between floors.
Facilities: This is a remote site with no facilities. There are pubs in both Halvergate and Reedham, and a wide variety of facilities in Great Yarmouth.
School Visits/Large Groups: For further information please contact the RSPB at Breydon Water on 01493 700645.
Dogs: Assistance dogs allowed only inside the mill. In the area around the mill and on the walks to it, dogs on leads are welcome but must stay on public footpaths.
Plan a Great Day Out
The mill is in good walking and birdwatching country with panoramic views. There are several options for a walk to the mill as it sits on two long distance footpaths. The Weavers' Way links Cromer and Great Yarmouth, and can be used from Halvergate (3 1/2 miles), or from Great Yarmouth along the north side of Breydon Water (6 miles). The Wherryman's Way links Norwich and Great Yarmouth, and can be used from Reedham (5 miles).
With a bit of planning and prior knowledge of train times, it is possible to walk to the site and return by train either to Great Yarmouth or Reedham.
If you're looking for things to do in the area, just over five miles away you'll find the delightful Great Yarmouth Row House and Greyfriars' Cloisters. The Row Houses are two rare survivors of the town's original distinctive 'Rows', a crowded network of alleyways linking Yarmouth's three main thoroughfares. These unique and vividly presented houses both show life as it would have been at various stages of their histories, and are a real treasure trove for lovers of period decoration. Nearby Greyfriars' Cloisters, the remains of a 13th-century Franciscan friary, later converted into a number of Row dwellings, are also worth seeing.
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