Latest Posts

Saturday, June 03, 2017

3 day Norfolk Broads Itinerary departing from Potter Heigham

In May, we went on our first boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads. It was our first time on the Broads and we had three days on hand leaving Potter Heigham on a Friday. A little research before the holiday indicated that the rivers are more picturesque and calm in the northern parts of the Broads centred on the River Bure and its tributaries. We also had to take into consideration our boat's height (Olympic Light from Herbert Woods) as there are some low bridges on the Broads. Keeping all this in mind, we chalked out the following itinerary. The routes are suggestions only and if you do visit the Norfolk Broads for a boating holiday, you can talk to the boatyard for route ideas based on your preferences.

Potter Heigham's medieval bridge

Potter Heigham's medieval bridge

Day 1


We left the Herbert Woods boatyard at Potter Heigham and headed towards Ludham which is a small riverside village with a pub (Kings Arms), tea rooms, and a small village store. There are mooring facilities and a water point at Ludham. You can moor your boat and go for a walk around the Ludham marshes. From Ludham we continued downstream past Thurne towards St Benet's Abbey.

St Benet's Abbey is a ruined abbey located close the meeting point of River Ant and River Bure. It is a nice place to stop and moor up for the night (free mooring spaces are available near the abbey ruins) and that is what we did. The Benedictine Abbey was established in the 1020s and although monastic life in England ended by 1545, the Abbey was not officially closed and over a period of time, it became a ruin. Today the site of the Abbey is a Scheduled Monument. It is a nice place to get a little walk in and enjoy the surroundings.

Ruins of St Benet's Abbey

Ruins of St Benet's Abbey in Norfolk Broads

Gatehouse of St Benet's Abbey in Norfolk Broads


Day 2


Leaving St Benet's Abbey, we headed upstream to River Ant and under the Ludham Bridge. We did not moor at Ludham and continued past Neave's Drainage Mill and Turf Fen Drainage Mill reaching How Hill where we moored. There are plenty of free moorings at How Hill and I would recommend that you moor here and spend a few hours exploring the How Hill Estate. The How Hill Estate includes the beautiful How Hill House, woodlands, gardens (House Gardens and Secret Gardens), a tea room, historic windmills and wetlands. We spent quite some time here as it was very beautiful and peaceful. You can also walk along the river to Ludham Bridge from How Hill.

Heading towards How Hill House

How Hill National Nature Reserve

How Hill Estate

Our boat moored near How Hill Estate

How Hill House in Norfolk Broads

How Hill House in Norfolk Broads

How Hill House in Norfolk Broads

How Hill House in Norfolk Broads

Drainage Mill near How Hill House

The Mill house for holiday lets near How Hill Trust


Upon leaving How Hill we continued past Irstead (a tiny village on River Ant) and Barton Broad (the second largest of the Norfolk Broads) to Barton Turf. Barton Turf is a beautiful, small village with its own boatyard and staithe. We moored here and topped up the water tank.

Irstead Village in Norfolk
The Village of Irstead

Barton Broads in Norfolk Broads


Barton Broads

We then continued towards Sutton Broad. Sutton Staithe which lies at the eastern end of the Sutton Broad has a boatyard, a hotel and many mooring spaces. We did not moor here. Instead, we retraced our steps and arrived back at St Benet's Abbey. From here we headed towards South Walsham Broads. Moorings are not permitted in the South Walsham Inner Broad, so we moored in Fleet Dyke which has ample free moorings.

Our boat moored in Fleet Dyke

Our boat moored in Fleet Dyke

Day 3


Day 3 saw us heading back down the dyke and out onto the River Bure. We passed Ranworth Broad (has a floating Broads Wildlife Centre), Cockshoot Broad (part of the Bure Marshes National Nature Reserve) and continued to the picturesque village of Horning.

Cockshoot Broad


Horning is one of the prettiest village in Norfolk Broads with beautiful waterside properties on one side of the river and reeds on the other. The village stretches for around a mile and the best way to see these beautiful houses is from a boat. There are many waterside pubs, restaurants and tea rooms in Horning.

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads

The village of Horning in Norfolk Broads


Southern Comfort, a double deck, luxury river cruiser runs regular trips from Horning to other parts of the Broads.



Southern Comfort

After leaving Horning we continued past Hoveton Little Broad, Dydall's Mill and Decoy Broad to Salhouse Broad. Here some moorings are available if you wish to take the Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. We did not moor here and continued towards Wroxham Broad. There is a sailing club here and we saw many yachts on our way. Upstream was the entrance to Wroxham. Since our boat had a bridge clearance of 8ft and the Wroxham Road Bridge is a low bridge (7'3") we turned around and headed back the way we came to St Benet's Abbey. We had to return the boat to the Herbert Woods boatyard the next morning so we decided to moor nearer to the boatyard in Potter Heigham.

Day 4


Our last day on the Norfolk Broads and it was time to hand back the boat.

We had a wonderful holiday on the Broads. The boat was beautiful and the Norfolk Broads very scenic and peaceful. We would definitely go back again and next time will head towards Great Yarmouth.

If you're thinking about taking a holiday, we recommend the Norfolk Broads. The Norfolk Broads has plenty to offer and a boating holiday is the best way to experience it.

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads

Sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads

Sailing yachts on the Norfolk Broads

Share this:

Post a Comment

 
Copyright The Globe Trotter.