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One week's Norfolk Broads boat hire starting from Stalham


This itinerary includes many of the attractions on the Norfolk Broads to entertain the whole family such as the Sealife Centre in Great Yarmouth, Bewilderwood in Horning and the Bure Valley Railway in Wroxham
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Day 1 Afternoon
Stalham to Sutton
1 Miles
15mina cruise time
It's a short cruise from your boatyard at Stalham to Sutton staithe. Soon after you head away from the boatyard you will see a signpost on your left pointing to Sutton, which involves almost a 180 degree turn into a channel which initially runs parallel to the river but eventually widens out to become Sutton Broad. At the far end is Sutton Staithe. The moorings are down a narrow dyke but there is room to turn further up towards the Sutton Staithe Hotel. Take the rest of the afternoon to settle into your boat and wind down after your journey from home.
Day 2 Morning
Sutton to How Hill
4 Miles
1hr cruise time
Leave Sutton and head out across Sutton Broad until you meet the main channel. Shortly after you will arrive at the start of Barton Broad. Keep within the marked channel and to the left of the black and yellow post half way across the Broad so that you head towards Barton's exit and the village of Irstead. Continue through this pretty village for a while until you come across the moorings at the How Hill Environmental Study Centre with it's nature walks, water trail and Toadhill Cottage.
Day 2 Afternoon
How Hill to Acle
11 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
Continue in the same direction passing under Ludham Bridge until you meet the junction with the River Bure. Here you turn left towards Acle. You pass the entrance to the River Thurne on your left and Upton Dyke on your right. Soon after you see the town of Acle with it's bridge over the river. Moorings are available either side of the bridge. The Bridge Inn h
Day 3 Morning
Acle to Yarmouth
11 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
You will need to consult your tide tables to ensure you are travelling at the correct state of the tide so as to arrive at Great Yarmouth around low or slack water. The moorings at Yarmouth Yacht Station (not just for yachts!) are well sign-posted and are manned by rangers who will help you moor and tie up for the day or overnight.
Day 3 Afternoon
At Yarmouth
0 Miles
Great Yarmouth has much to offer the family including beaches, a funfair, museums, a Sealife Centre, piers and shopping in gift shops, supermarkets and department stores
Day 4 Morning
Yarmouth to Stokesby
9 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
Consult the tide tables to ensure you are travelling at the correct state of the tide. Though you are 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 around Yarmouth. You will first pass Stracey Arms Windmill which is worth a visit before arriving at Stokesby, which has a children's playground close to the moorings.
Day 4 Afternoon
Stokesby to Potter Heigham
8 Miles
2hrs cruise time
The current is still strong here so ensure you leave the moorings against the tide (the current would push you backwards if you had no engine running). You pass the entrance to Upton Broad before arriving at the junction with the River Thurne on your right. Head up the Thurne until you reach the village of Potter Heigham and it's medieval bridge. Moorings are available either along the right hand bank or with in the large boatyard
Day 5 Morning
Potter Heigham to Ludham
2.5 Miles
45mins cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the Thurne looking out for the signpost to Womack Water on your right hand side. Travel down the dyke until it widens to become Womack Water. At the far end is the village green and it's moorings. Ludham, a quaint olde worlde village is a 15 minute walk away.
Day 5 Afternoon
Ludham to Ranworth
6.5 Miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
Travel back up the dyke, turning right at the junction with the main river. You pass Thurne Dyke and it's much photographed white windmill on your left before reaching the junction with the River Bure. Turn right here and back up the Bure past the entrance to South Walsham Broad on your left and the junction with the River Ant on your right. Soon you will see the ruins of St Benets Abbey with it's curious installation of a windmill within the walls. Moorings are available nearby if you want to visit. Further on, on your left is the signpost for Ranworth. Travel down the channel, past the visitor centre on your right until you arrive at the village green moorings. From here you can walk the nature trail to the visitor centre or visit St Helen's Church and it's tower which affords magnificent views across the Norfolk Broads.
Day 6 Morning
Ranworth to Wroxham
7 Miles
1hr & 45mins cruise time
At the junction with the main river turn left passing through the picturesque village of Horning, the entrance to Salhouse and Wroxham Broads on your left before arriving at the capital of the Broads - Wroxham. Moorings are available at a number of boatyards and there is public staithe just beyond the low arched bridge.
Day 6 Afternoon
At Wroxham
0 Miles
See our Wroxham directory listing for more information on the many things to see and do here.
Day 7 Morning
Wroxham to Horning
5 miles
1hr & 15mins cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the River Bure, past the entrances to Wroxham and Salhouse Broads until you come to the pretty village of Horning. Moorings are available outside any of the three public houses.
Day 7 Afternoon
Horning to Stalham
10 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
Continue back down the Bure, past the entrance to Ranworth on your right until you see the junction of the River Ant on your left. Cruise up the Ant, under Ludham Bridge, past How Hill, Irstead and through Barton Broad, keeping to the right hand side of the black and yellow post. Leave Barton and look for the signpost to Stalham. Moorings are available either at your hire base or at Stalham Staithe, which is located next to the Broads Museum, charting the history of the Broads.
Day 8 Morning
At Stalham
0 Miles
Time to leave your boat after a wonderful holiday cruising the Norfolk Broads.

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