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Bure Cottage

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Cruising The River Bure

Wroxham Boat Trips
Boating By The White Swan Inn, Horning, Norfolk
Child Fun Sailing on the Bure River
Boats From Wroxham

If you’re staying in Wroxham, you MUST go out in a boat! Cross the bridge into the village and you’ll see boats everywhere. There’s several wheel-chair friendly boat trips, many times a day with fully licensed bar and light refreshments. Cost is around £10 per person, depending on distance and boat. These larger boats have a commentary and some run out of season too, with special evening, Halloween, music, and Christmas trips. See cruise schedules at Broads Boat Trips.

Panorama
Wroxham looks great from any angle, but exceptionally beautiful from the water. The enchanting landscape is like going back in time. From the river you see many things invisible otherwise: wildlife, reed beds, thatched cottages, beer gardens, and little canals like in Venice. 

Day Boat Hire
Don't be afraid to hire your own boat: it's more fun! The Bure is navigable 31-miles from Coltishall to Great Yarmouth – the longest of the Broads rivers. From Wroxham you only have time to cruise as far as Horning or Coltishall and back for the day. Plan your journey with a speed of 4 mph. 
Day boats are easy to drive, most are electric. If you can drive a car, you can control a boat. Steer by looking a long way ahead, and remember a boat doesn’t have breaks!


Cost & Where To Go
Prices from £18 to £25 an hour or £85 a day for a small 6-person picnic boat. You must book ahead in the summer: Richardson’s or Wroxham Boat HireHire for at least 3-hours and cruise to Horning - an hour each way. A beautiful little village with pubs, restaurants, tea houses, post office and other shops. There's benches where you can sit and watch the boats sail by - if they're all taken: picnic in your boat!

Horning Riverside Pubs
At Horning you can moor at one (or more) of the three excellent pubs. All serve good food and local ales. Largest and first is The Swan Inn – a rustic 324-year-old inn with a waterside beer garden and log-fires out of season. It’s right on the bend of the river with free moorings. A little further is the New Inn, a traditional family pub with limited moorings and garden. On your way out of the village is the Ferry Inn, a newer pub with heartening food and riverside tables.


Day Boats At Wroxham

Day Boats

wine & cheese on a norfolk boat trip

Wine & Cheese Is Great On a Boat

Canoeing

Lion Inn, River Ant, Norfolk Broads

Thurne

Boats By the Ferry Inn, Horning, Norfolk
St bennet's Abby
Best Moorings Downriver East From Wroxham
  • Salhouse Broad is a lovely place to moor and take a walk on its grassy bank. The Fur & Feather next to Woodfords Brewery in Woodbastwick is only 15-minutes walk from the mooring, as is The Bell at Salhouse.

  • An hour from Wroxham is the picturesque village of Horning, running along the bank for more than a mile. Horning has two outstanding pubs, especially The Swan with log fires (even in late-summer evenings) and free moorings by the beer garden.

  • Ranworth is a pretty village situated on Malthouse Broad accessed via a dyke. The Malsters pub here has moorings close by and a nice beer garden. About 2-hours from Wroxham.

  • South Walsham is another typical broadland village with The Ship Inn in its centre – about a mile from free moorings on South Walsham Broad along Fleet Dyke.

  • St Benets Abbey is just downriver from where the River Ant flows into the Bure, near Ludham. A derelict wind pump and ruins of a Benedictine monastery founded in the 9th century.

  • Palmer’s Windmill is at Upton Dyke between Acle and the junction of the Bure and Thure Rivers. The dyke is narrow, but has public moorings at the end on its left. The village of Upton is a short walk, with a post office, 14th century church and the rustic White Horse Pub opened in 1872.

  • Acle is the limit on day trips from Wroxham: leave early morning. A traditional market town by the River Bure with a train station between Norwich and Yarmouth and three pubs. Closest mooring is Acle Dyke, slightly further downriver from Acle Bridge. However, Acle Bridge is easier to moor and is close to the Bridge Inn. Allow almost 3 ½ hours to get here from Wroxham.



Day Boat on the River Bure

Dayboat at Horning

Sailing on the River Bure

River Bure Sailing

Wherry Boat on the River Bure

Wherry Boat

Salhouse Broad

Upriver from Wroxham to Coltishall

Careful going under Wroxham Bridge, slow down and keep to the right - check the clearance on the gauge and make sure nothing is coming. You may want to lower your canopy and windscreen or use the bridge pilot if you boat is largish. Move over to the right after passing, to allow other boats to pass.

  • Belaugh Village is a pleasant place to moor but has no shops, only a church, just 1 ½ miles before Coltishall.

  • Coltishall Common has two pubs, the Rising Sun and the Kings Head. A little further brings you to The Red Lion which is nearer the village where there is a fish & chip shop and other stores. About 1 ¼-hours from Wroxham Bridge.

  • Coltishall Lock is the end of navigation, with just enough room to turn round. Not much else there.

Mooring
When mooring your boat, go as slow as you can and have boat-hooks ready to push away other craft. Mooring at peak times, is like finding a parking space over Christmas. If you can get in, I suggest mooring at the Swan first. If no space, The Ferry Inn has the most moorings. Click for a list of all Broads Moorings.