Thurne Dyke

Pub Moorings
(pay for in pub mill side)
(Pay for Red house farm other side)

Public Toilets
Showers (in pub)
Phone & Post box
"Jack N Jill" local mills
Local shop Ramblers Gallery & Gifts
(Newspapers in season pre-order out of season)


The Lion

Thurne Dyke Photo courtesy of NorfolkNog
At the entrance to Thurne dyke is probably the most photographed windpump on the broads. It is a splendid example of a Norfolk windpump.
Thurne dyke drainage mill was built beside the River Thurne at the mouth of Thurne Dyke and was saved from destruction by Bob Morse in 1949, when the mill was lying derelict. In 2008: the mill was opened to the public. From April to September on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month 2.00pm to 5.00pm or by appointment. Contact Debra Nicholson tel. 01692 672155.

There are plenty of mooring along both sides of the Dyke (fee payable to the Lion pub) and a short walk from the end of the dyke is Thurne village and the church.

At the end of the dyke is the Lion pub and Ramblers Gallery & Gift shop which sells arts & crafts as well as ice cream & newspapers in the summer season
The Lion is a pleasant pub with a good playroom & amusement arcade for the kids, and dogs are allowed inside. An excellent specials board and pub menu are available and the sweet menu has six steam puddings llisted. A spacious inn with a friendly welcome, it is open seven days a week.

The 13th century St Edmunds church is worth visiting as well. At St Edmunds church the 14th century tower has a peculiar feature in the ground floor chamber. There is a circular peephole about eight inches in diameter that runs through the west wall at eye level.
It is said to align with St Benet's Abbey, which is situated one and half miles away across the river.
One reason this may have been used for was to signal to the monks at the abbey by placing a candle in the peephole. Another so that diseased people (leprosy, or plague victims) could attend the service from outside.

The area around Thurne mouth (where The Bure and The Ant meet) is said to be haunted by a farmer trying to track down the man who murdered him.