I am really fortunate to live just a few minutes from one of my favourite mills on the Norfolk Broads, Brograve Level Drainage Mill. Brograve is a derelict mill originally built in 1771 to drain water into the Waxham New Cut, the mill last worked in the 1930’s. The mill can be reached from a start point of the nearby restored mill at Horsey, it’s also possible to park at Horsey Gap and follow the footpath through the fields and marshes to the mill.
One of the unique things about Brograve is the wonderful colour of the river in front of the mill, the Waxham New Cut is stained brown because of the rich peat in the area. I personally thing the Mill photographs best from December to March when the reed turns a lovely golden colour and looks fantastic when illuminated by the low winter sun.
The derelict state of the mill means stormy weather works particularly well, the light illuminates the front of mill perfectly first thing in the morning and if there is a chance of stormy weather this is the ideal time to head to the mill in the hope of catching a rainbow over it.