Cruising the Norfolk Broads has been one of Great Britain’s premier holiday destinations for the past 50 years and has offered great memories for thousands of family’s during this time. It is a wonderful and relaxing place to enjoy some quality family time and there are many of fun places to visit to ensure an unforgettable experience.
You will beginning your cruise from Wroxham and this is a lovely town which has has much to offer including plenty of shopping which is great for picking up supplies. After getting use to the cruiser some of the younger family members might like to visit the famous Bewilderwood Adventure Park or the Bure Valley Minature Railway which is just a short taxi ride away. After this you can explore some of the surrounding waterways and then find some moorings for the evening,
As you leave the Wroxham cruising area you will pass the Hoveton nature trail on your left, then Horning village en-route to Ranworth. You can moor here at the village green and visit one of the most popular attractions in the area, the St Helens church. A visit here will allow you to climb to the top of the steeple and wittness some stunning panoramic views. Close by a boardwalk through the trees will take you to the local visitor centre with bird-watching hide which is also worth visiting.
Continuing on your journey out of Ranworth Broad you will pass under the road bridge at Ludham on the river Ant and on towards the How Hill Environmental Study Centre with it’s beautiful nature walks, water trail and Toadhill Cottage. This is an ideal place to spend the evening.
Upon leaving How Hill you will come across the pretty village of Irstead and beyond this is Barton Broad where the channel leads you towards Stalham. You can moor at the large Richardsons boatyard. Nearby the Broads Museum shows how life on the Norfolk Broads evolved through out the centuries, it is a very interesting visit even for the children. A 15 minute walk takes you to the large village centre where you can enjoy some lunch or visit the local shops.
In the afternoon travel back down the river Ant across Barton Broad, there wil be mooring either side of the river just before the bridge at Ludham Bridge and this is a popular place to spend the night. .
Today is all about exploring, a short cruise takes you to the mouth of the river Ant and out onto the river Bure. After a while you will see the entrance to the river Thurne on your left, this is marked by a large white windmill. You pass Thurne Dyke on your right, the entrance to Womack Water and Ludham on your left before Potter Heigham appears. This is a very low arch bridge and requires some careful navigation. The scenery around this area is majestic and is perfect for spending an afternoon exploring. However your evenings destignation will be the village of Acle and to get here you will have to turn back down the river Thurne past Thurne Dyke and it’s windmill before exiting onto the river Bure. You pass the entrance to Upton Dyke on the right before the beautiful village of Acle comes into view. You can moor here for the evening.
Today can be all about the children and a visit to Great Yarmouth . The moorings at Yarmouth Yacht Station are well sign-posted and are manned by rangers who will help you moor and tie up for the day or overnight. Great Yarmouth has much to offer the family including beaches, a funfair, museums, a Sealife Centre, piers and lots of shopping. It is a wonderfull seaside resort town and a great place to spend the day, so enjoy.
Travelling back up the River Bure you may need to pass under the low bridges and turn around on Breydon Water if the current is too strong to turn your boat at the moorings. Keep well away from shallow banks en-route to Stracey Arms windmill.
A short cruise from Stracey Arms brings you to the mouth of the River Thurne once more. Travel up past Thurne Dyke again and look for the sign for Womack Water on your left. Proceed slowly until you come to the wide expanse that is Womack Water. Moor at the village green. Ludham village is a 15 minute walk away and has real vintage feel to it. It is a lovely place to visit.
Today you will have to cruise back towards the mouth of the river Thurne and then up the river Bure towards South Walsham Broad which is well sign-posted on your left. A dyke leads you towards the broad where you can turn before mooring along side some of the broads most beautiful nature scenes.
In the afternoon travel out onto the River Bure, you will pass the entrance to Ranworth Broad and on towards Horning village where you can spend the night. Horning is a charnming town full of nature trails and lovely walks so do explore.
In the morning an early start is required in order to get back to your boatyard by 9am. We always say to get up extra early and savour the last few hours of your journey. You will soon be back in the real world so relax and enjoy your trip back to base.
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