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One week's Norfolk Broads boat hire starting from Wroxham


This itinerary takes in much of the Northern Broads including Horning, Great Yarmouth and Potter Heigham.
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Day 1 Afternoon
Wroxham to Horning
5 Miles
1hr & 15mins cruise time
Takeover the boat at around 3pm. Cruise down past Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad to Horning village. Choose to moor outside any of the three riverside inns, all of which have restaurants.
Day 2 Morning
Horning to Ludham Bridge
4 Miles
1hr cruise time
Ludham Bridge is a 15 minute run up from the mouth of the river Ant. Moor either side of the river once you have passed under the bridge. A small general store, craft shop, restaurant and The Dog Inn, are located within a 15 minute walk of the moorings.
Day 2 Afternoon
Ludham Bridge to Sutton Staithe
6.5 Miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
You pass How Hill environmental study centre where you can walk nature trails, visit Toad hole Cottage or take the Electric Eel boat trip. Next is the picturesque village of Irstead before you enter Barton Broad. At the opposite end of the broad is Sutton Staithe.
Day 3 Morning
Sutton Staithe to Neatishead
3.5 Miles
45mins cruise time
There is space to turn your boat at the head of Sutton Staithe dyke, opposite the hotel. You will re-enter Barton Broad before turning towards Neatishead via a narrow dyke. Moorings are available at the end of the dyke.
Day 3 Afternoon
Neatishead to Acle
12 Miles
2hrs & 45mins cruise time
Retrace your steps down the narrow dyke and back through Barton Broad, Irstead and Ludham Bridge. Acle is situated on the River Bure and is spanned by a road bridge. Plentiful moorings are available either at the boatyards, a riverside shop or at the Bridge Inn.
Day 4 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 4 Afternoon
At Yarmouth
0 Miles
Spend the day beside the sea, peruse the shops or visit the Tide and Time, Yesterday's World, Elizabethan House or Norfolk Nelson museums. The choice is yours for the rest of the day.
Day 5 Morning
Yarmouth to Stokesby
9 Miles
2hrs cruise time
Consult the tide tables to ensure you are travelling at the correct state of 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 en-route to Stokesby
Day 5 Afternoon
Stokesby to Potter Heigham
8 Miles
2hrs cruise time
You pass under the road bridge at Acle and see the narrow dyke on your left which leads to the village of Upton before turning right up the river Thurne. The white windmill at Thurne is first in view, standing at the mouth of Thurne Dyke. The entrance to Womack Water and the village of Ludham is a little further up the river on your left. Eventually you see the rows of chalets which line the river up to and beyond the low bridge at Potter Heigham.
Day 6 Morning
Potter Heigham to Ludham
2.5 Miles
45mins cruise time
A short cruise takes you back down the river Thurne to the entrance point on your right to Womack Water. A narrow dyke leads on to the Broad and it's moorings. It is a 15 minute walk to Ludham village.
Day 6 Afternoon
Ludham to Ranworth
6.5 Miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
Re-enter the River Thurne and pass the White windmill at Thurne before turning right up the River Bure. You travel pass the entrance to South Walsham Dyke on your left and the entrance to the River Ant on your right before you see the tower of Ranworth church in the distance. Watch for the sign-post to Ranworth on your left then travel up the dyke to moor at the staithe.
Day 7 Morning
Ranworth to Coltishall
12 Miles
2hrs & 45mins cruise time
You pass the village of Horning before cruising through Wroxham towards the low road bridge. Moor at the Bridge Pilot staithe on the left hand side just before the bridge. The pilot will take you through the bridge and leave you at the other side where you continue your cruise to the village green at Coltishall.
Day 7 Afternoon
Coltishall to Wroxham
4.5 miles
1hr cruise time
A short cruise back down the river Bure brings you back to Wroxham. Engage the pilot once more to take you through the bridge and moor at at one of the boatyards. Wroxham is a large village with plenty of shops and entertainments to keep the family happy.
Day 8 Morning
Back to Boatyard
0 Miles
A 10 minute cruise will take you back to your home yard if you are not already moored there.

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