Majestic Windmills and Thurne Dyke

I never thought of England having windmills. Recently I adventured to the Norfolk Broads with some friends and decided to research the area to see what there was to do. Well, needless to say, there was next to nothing! However, to my surprise, the area did offer a few windmills. So I insisted on venturing down the windy narrow roads until we found them. I think if I counted correctly there are 24 windmills in the Norfolk Broads. From where we were standing, I could only see two windmills, but two were way better than none.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The area it’s self is beautiful, surrounded by the Broads, a series of rivers and inlets, mostly man-made. I wanted to share some photos of my adventure.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The Thurne Dyke Mill, is a drainage mill and was built-in 1820 on the banks of the River Thurne just at the mouth of Thurne Dyke. In 1949, Bob Morse saved the derelict mill from destruction.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

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The Norfolk Broads and old friends!

When i mentioned to people I was headed to the Norfolk Broads in England, anyone who knew of the location simply asked why? Forget the picturesque villages along the water, the windmills, the boats, the friendly people, they just asked why with a quizzical look on their faces. Usually my response would be why not, but this time, I had a much better answer, I was visiting old friends.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

Ludham, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

I had the fantastic opportunity to stay in a 17th century cottage where my friend Chris calls home. It had low wooden beamed ceilings and crooked floors. We ate next door at The Swan Inn and enjoyed the beautiful view of the broads out front our cottage. The weather was to be expected of England, cool, windy and wet, but that didn’t stop our fun.

Swan Inn, Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Swan Inn, Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

We took a drive down streets I thought were walking paths, until we came across Thurne’s Dyke where the windmills are. We enjoyed a pint at the Lion Inn and had a friendly chat with the governor of the establishment. Foreign accents get you that type of attention, especially off-season!

Windmill, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The Lion Inn, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The weekend passed quickly, but not for the lack of company. My good friend Danny and Chris, who not only had I not seen in 8 years, but they themselves hadn’t seen each other for those years either. I have no doubt the sound of our laughter and the clinking of our pint glasses with resonate among the broads until we repeat the adventure again, destination, undetermined!

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

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