Cruising through the majestic Norfolk Broads offers a wonderful experience for all the family. Here you will find some of the most amazing scenery in the entire United Kingdom. There is a vast array of interesting attractions, inviting restaurants, fun water sporting activities and adventure for all ages. It is definitely one of the most relaxing and stress free holiday locations available in Britain.
The areas surrounding Horning and Wroxham are some of the most visited parts of the Broads. Sometimes Wroxham is even referred to as the capital of the Broads, it is a beautiful village with plenty of local shops and restaurants to enjoy. Wroxham is famous for having the largest villages store in the world, Roy’s of Wroxham is well worth visiting.
Continuing upstream you will find that this stretch of water is very quiet and undeveloped. You will pass though the sleepy hamlet of Belaugh until you reach the village of Coltishall. There is a lovely green which opens up into the village and there are plenty of mooring space available here. Cotishall is very popular and there are several restaurants and pubs such as The Kings Head, The Recruiting Sergeant or The Norfolk Mead to enjoy. The River Bure is thought to be the most scenic of all the rivers offering countless pockets of unspoilt beauty with plenty of secluded areas to explore.
Time to leave Coltishall and head back down stream towards Potter Heigham. After Wroxham, the next village you come to is Horning which is full of traditional Norfolk Thatched Cottages. A visit Salhouse Broad is a must with its beach and play area, or Hoveton Great Broad opposite, with its fascinating Broads Authority Nature Trail. Cruising through Horning and on towards Ranworth & South Walsham Broad passing St Benet’s Abbey. One attractions you must visit is ” St Helen’s in Ranworth – and the view from the top of the bell tower. It is a climb the 89 stone steps and 2 ladders to the roof of this pretty little parish church but the view is worth it.
From here turn into South Walsham Dyke and cruise up to the broad. You can either moor to the bank alongside the dyke or drop your mud-weight over board and swing peacefully in the middle of the broad..
Continue for about 2 hours and you will arrive at Potter Heigham. There is a small hump backed bridge to navigate through but the river beyond this to Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere is well worth exploring.
Head back downstream along the River Thurne to where it meets the River Bure. Turn left and continue downstream towards Acle, near Acle Bridgeis the Ferry Inn. This is a great place to stop for lunch.The bustling seaside town will be your final destination, this is wonderful location full of entertainment and fun; it is recommended to leave Stokesby two hours before low water at Great Yarmouth in order to arrive there at slack water. This will make your mooring up much easier. There will be a harbour master available to assist with mooring up. Great Yarmouth is a bustling tourist seaside town with beaches, amusement parks, shopping and plenty of places to visit. It offers a great day out for the family.
The River Bure, Thurne And Ant are beautiful with wide open spaces, scenic countryside and historic features. The three Rivers combine to create an area of outstanding natural beauty in Britain’s largest protected wetland. This is a stunning location to relax, unwind and explore. You can some lovely villages full of charm and friendly people. This is a breathtaking part of England so just take it easy and enjoy the views and slow pace of life around here.
Reedham will be your destination today. Travel across the Breydon Water, the mud flats either side are an a conservation area and provide a rich habitat for wildlife. At the far end of Breydon Water fork right towards the Berney Arms, this is a quaint little pub which is very popular amongst pleasure craft users. From the Berney Arms it is about an hour’s cruise to Reedham. Here there is a long quay available for visitor moorings. On the quay are two pubs and shops stock up on supplies.
You will be heading for Norwich tomorrow so today is all about exploring the beauty of the three district Rivers- Yare, Chet, and Waveney. The River yare is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Broads” because it use to be the main trading route between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The river is a paradise of woodland flora, fauna and impressive marshland. The Chet in comparison offers a sleepy backwater feel with the quaint market town of Loddon which attracts many visitors. This three mile stretch of River makes an effortless detour and before you know it you’ll be back to the River Yare. The Waveney takes its place between Norfolk and Suffolk and is the Broads most southerly main River. It has a very unique feel with its secluded coves and bustling market towns.
Norwich today. Heading upstream it is about a 2 & 1⁄2 hour cruise to Bramerton which is a great place to stop for lunch or to enjoy a walk along part of the Weavers Way footpath. However do try to take in both Surlingham and Rockland Broads before stopping here. After lunch its time to depart for the great Norman cathedral city of Norwich. En route pass through Thorpe bridge (height permitting), and travel past Thorpe Green. The scenery changes from here to a more commercial theme. Moorings can be found in the heart of the city at Norwich Yacht Station.
The City of Norwich is famous for many things including the magnificent Norman cathedral and its shopping and entertainment. We recommend that you just explore the cobbled streets surrounded by the medieval buildings and sample fresh fish, fruit and vegetables from the local sellers at Norwich Market. The city is full of restaurants, pubs and is famous to its night-life so make sure to see a show in the famous Norwich theatre or a comedy performance in the city forum.
When leaving Norwich just retrace your steps until you arrive at the narrow River Chet. At the head of this narrow river the small town of Loddon, is an ideal place for provisions and a lunch stop. On leaving Loddon, head back through Reedham, and take a right hand turn along the New Cut. Dug to facilitate easier passage for the trading wherries between Lowestoft and Norwich it takes you directly onto the River Waveney and St Olaves. Upon reaching St, Olaves turn left and head downstream under the bridge towards Great Yarmouth. Burgh Castle is located at the head of Breydon Water and is the site of a Roman castle, the ruins of which can still be explored today. This would be a great place to spend the evening.
Home time, it is time to head back. Travel back towards Great Yarmouth and head upstream towards the Stracey Arms Mill. The four-storey mill is worth visiting and has the first proper mooring you will reach. Continue to head upstream towards Horning, about three hours cruise away.