Horsey Gap Seals in Norfolk

Seal laying on beach at Horsey Gap Seals

Horsey Gap Seals in Norfolk

January 27, 2019      By Ian

If you are staying at Swallowdale on the Norfolk Broads between November and January, why not visit the Horsey Gap Seals and their pups.

Horsey is a very small quiet village with only about 100 residents. During the summer months, Horsey Gap is a magnet for families looking for a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach.

Horsey Gap is owned by the National Trust. The car park at Horsey is independently run and there is a pay and display machine. The postcode for the car park is NR29 4EQ. There is plenty of parking spaces and is a very easy walk to the sand dunes and seals.

Once parked in Horsey Gap car park you can walk for miles along the roped off path overlooking Horsey beach. The pupping season starts early November and they are normally on the beach until February.

There are normally seal wardens present along the path and viewing areas to answer any questions you may have.

The Seals at Horsey Gap

Nearly half of the world's grey seal population is found around Great Britain. Horsey Gap is probably the best place for seal watching during the winter months. During 2018/2019 winter there was in excess of 1600 adult seals and 1200 seal pups and numbers are increasing yearly.

If you decide to take your dog along with you please keep it on a lead as the seals have a nasty bite if approached.

In 2016 The Friends of Horsey Seals registered as a charity (Registered Charity Number 1169539). The group works to protect the grey seals at Horsey from disturbance by the public, especially during the late autumn and winter months when the seals are mating and giving birth.

White seal laying on Horsey Beach
Seals At Horsey