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River Thurne

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Thurne Dyke


The small village of Thurne can be found at the end of a dyke leading from the River Thurne. You approach the village by turning from the River Bure up the Thurne. Not long after this junction you will see the dyke on your right hand side. It is easy to identify as the white Thurne Drainage Pump Windmill stands marking it's entrance. There are moorings on either side of the dyke, which curiously belong to different parties. Both charge a small mooring fee - £3 to £4 for overnight stays. Moorings are especially popular on Friday and Saturday evenings as the Herbert Woods boatyard at Potter Heigham is only a 45 minute cruise away and is therefore ideally placed for those finishing and starting their cruises. As such, I recommend you tie up no later than around 4pm on these days. 

Local Attractions: The Weavers Way footpath will take you to Potter Heigham, a distance of around 3 miles. Another path leads towards the mouth of the River Thurne, with delightful views as it skirts the riverbank. The view of the sun setting over the Thurne Drainage Pump Windmill is stunning and brings photographers from miles around on a fair evening. 

Eating and Drinking: The Lion Inn (currently closed - awaiting new tenants) is an established public house with a restaurant, offering a varied selection of food. On weekends it is a venue for live music and is recommended for a lively night out. To see what is on consult our Live Music on the Norfolk Broads guide.

Other Services: The Lion Inn operates a small provisions store which also sells newspapers. Also in the village is a gift shop.

TIP: Don't struggle to turn your boat around in the narrow dyke. Towards the public house end is a turning area which makes the job easier for larger craft.


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