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One week's Norfolk Broads boat hire starting from Wroxham.


This itinerary includes many of the villages and towns of the northern Broads. We have suggested stop-off points where moorings are easier to manage for those with less confidence or the smaller crew.
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Day 1 Afternoon
At Wroxham
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Wroxham is a large village worth exploring. Roys boasting to be "The largest village store in the world" dominates and you will find Wroxham Barns and The Bure Valley Miniature Railway within striking distance.
Day 2 Morning
Wroxham to Coltishall
4.5 Miles
1hr & 15mins cruise time
Your first cruise takes you under Wroxham Bridge but you do not need to take the boat through yourself. Moor at the Pilot's drop off point which is on the right hand bank just before the bridge and wait to be taken through. Continuing your cruise you will pass Belaugh before arriving on the village green at Coltishall, a very pleasant mooring for your first night
Day 2 Afternoon
At Coltishall
0 Miles
It's a Sunday Afternoon so take it easy, have a picnic lunch before taking time to familiarise yourselves with your boat. Perhaps take a walk into the village centre.
Day 3 Morning
Coltishall to Horning
9.5 Miles
2hrs & 15mins cruise time
Retrace your steps back down the river Bure to Wroxham where you will need to wait for the Pilot to take you through the low bridge again. Continue on your way past the entrances to Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad to Horning. You can choose to moor outside any of three riverside inns or pass them to reach 2 boatyards with moorings.
Day 3 Afternoon
Horning to South Walsham
4 Miles
1hr cruise time
Plenty of time to take a walk to the village centre before departing for South Walsham. You will pass the entrances to Ranworth Broad and the river Ant before seeing the signpost for South Walsham. Take the dyke up as far as the Broad then turn and moor at the visitor moorings on your right. The area is picturesque and far from roads or villages.
Day 4 Morning
South Walsham to How Hill
4.5 Miles
1hr cruise time
Back down the dyke and out onto the River Bure, you now need to turn back up river (left) and look for the signpost for the river Ant. Cruise up the river past Ludham Bridge to How Hill, a large educational establishment which offers nature trails and a water trail onboard "the Electric Eel". Also worth a visit is the restored eel-catchers lodge Toadhill Cottage.
Day 4 Afternoon
How Hill to Stalham
4.5 Miles
1hr cruise time
Continue your direction of travel past the pretty village of Irstead and out on to Barton Broad. Head for the far end and follow the signs for Stalham. Upon arrival enter the Richardsons boatyard which has plentiful moorings. Attractions include the Broads Museum nearby. The large village centre is about 10 minutes walk away. En-route you will pass a Tesco supermarket.
Day 5 Morning
Stalham to Ludham Bridge
6.5 Miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
Cruise back down through Barton Broad, past Irstead and How Hill to Ludham Bridge. Moor either side of the moorings leading up to the road bridge. A short walk will take you past a small village store, a restaurant, a craft shop and a little further is the Dog public house which serves food.
Day 5 Afternoon
Ludham Bridge to Acle
6.5 Miles
1hr & 30mins cruise time
Pass under Ludham Bridge and turn left at the junction with the river Bure. Continue past the entrance to the river Thurne on your left and Upton Dyke on your right. Acle bridge comes into view soon after. Moorings are available outside a riverside store or two boatyards this side of the bridge or at the bridge Inn on the other side. The village of Acle is 20/ 30 minutes away.
Day 6 Morning
Acle to Ludham
5 Miles
1hr & 15mins cruise time
We cruise back up the Bure to the entrance to the river Thurne on your right. Continue past the white windmill which stands by Thurne Dyke and watch for the signpost to Womack Water. Continue down the dyke until it widens. Moorings are available on the right hand bank on the village green. Ludham village is a pleasant 15 minute walk away with it's olde worlde look.
Day 6 Afternoon
Ludham to Potter Heigham
2.5 Miles
45mins cruise time
Turn left once you have exited out onto the River Thurne and within a short time you will reach the lines of chalets which lead all the way up to and beyond Potter Heigham bridge. Moorings are available on the right hand bank leading up to the bridge. Alternatively, you can moor in the large boatyard under the footbridge on your left. Lathams, a large discount store is close by as are a couple of public houses.
Day 7 Morning
Potter Heigham to Ranworth
7 Miles
1hr & 45mins cruise time
Retrace our steps back down the river to the junction with the river Bure. Turn right and continue upriver until you see the signpost for Ranworth. A short dyke takes you to the moorings on the village green. From here you can take the view from St Helen's Church steeple or walk the board-walk to the conservation centre with its views over Malthouse Broad.
Day 7 Afternoon
Ranworth to Wroxham
7 miles
1hr & 45mins cruise time
We return to the river Bure and take a leisurely cruise through beautiful Horning and out past the entrance to Salhouse Broad. A little further on pass through the entrance to Wroxham Broad which skirts the river. Exit at the far end back on to the main river. Riverside chalets mark the "outskirts of Wroxham. Make your way to moor either at your own or one of the other boatyards in Wroxham.
Day 8 Morning
At Wroxham
0 Miles
Time to hand back your boat.

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