Discover the Norfolk Broads
A guide to 12 great days out in the unique environment of the Norfolk Broads compiled by people who live there

Discover the Norfolk Broads - A guide to 12 great days out in the unique environment of the Norfolk Broads compiled by people who live there

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Day Five: Canoe trip – Wayford Bridge to Neatishead via Barton Broad

When visiting the Norfolk Broads, there are a number of ways to explore the landscape in order to get a feel for the area, but in our opinion, hiring a Canadian canoe and paddling quietly along the river while kingfisher-spotting, stopping for lunch at a country pub, takes some beating. There are a number of canoe hire centres located throughout the Broads, and you can find your nearest centre by telephoning the Broads Authority on 01603 782281, or by picking up the bike & canoe hire leaflet from any Visitor Information Centre. We have chosen one such centre, Bank’s Dayboats at Wayford Bridge, and designed a day based around the River Ant, Barton Broad and Neatishead, but other centres will be happy to provide suggestions for days out in their local area.

Start: Bank Boatyard, Wayford Bridge, near Stalham
Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL40; grid reference TG348248
SatNav postcode NR12 9LN

Cost Guide: £££

•  Drive to Bank Boatyard located on the A149, west of Wayford Bridge

•   Hire a canoe, turning right out of the boatyard, and spend a peaceful day paddling at your own speed down the River Ant towards Barton Broad

•   The Broad itself has been the subject of a major water quality improvement programme in recent years, and it has become a flagship example of best practice across Europe

•   As you enter the Broad, bear right and follow the signs to Neatishead, keeping an eye out for the Ra, the distinctive solar-powered boat operated by the Broads Authority

•   Moor at Neatishead and wander along the lane into the village for lunch at the White Horse public house, a traditional Norfolk pub, serving several real ales and tasty home made food

•   Feeling revitalised, return up river at a leisurely pace, taking plenty of time to look for the kingfishers that are known to live along this stretch of the river. Paddling quietly in a canoe is an ideal way to view these magical, brightly coloured birds as they dart along searching for their next meal

Young Family Option

The trip from Wayford Bridge to Neatishead does take a full day, and may not be suitable for younger children. For a shorter alternative route, turn left out of the boatyard and head upriver.

This is a lovely, quiet part of the river with very few other craft to disturb you or the wildlife as you paddle along. Having gone a short distance, fork left towards the small village of Dilham. You can moor at the end of this channel and walk into the village to the Cross Keys public house for refreshment

 

 

Canoe Hire Centres

Bungay, Outney Meadow Caravan Park tel 01986 892338
 
Burgh St Peter, Waveney River Centre tel 01502 677343
 
Geldeston, Rowancraft tel 01508 518208
 
Hickling, Whispering Reeds, Staithe Road tel 01692 598314
 
Martham Boats tel 01493 740249
 
Salhouse Broad tel 07795 145475 or 01603
722775

 
Sutton Staithe Boatyard tel 01692 581653
 
Wayford Bridge, Bank Dayboats tel 01692 582457
 
Wroxham, Barnes Brinkcraft, Riverside Road tel 01603 782625
 
For more information about the canoe hire centres please contact the Broads Information Centres which are located at Beccles, Hoveton, How Hill, Potter Heigham, Ranworth and Whitlingham.
 
Canoes are also available for hire from the following:
 
The Canoe Man - Activ-8 Adventure Ltd tel 01603 499177
Canoe hire, guided canoe trails, and canoe training and qualifications

 
Perfecta Boats - Lower Street, Horning tel 01692 631161 or 07909 816649
 
Norfolk County Council Outdoor Education Centre - Whitlingham Country Park, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse tel 01603 632307

Useful Norfolk Broads Contacts

Below you will find suggestions for accommodation, activities, attractions, food & drink and shopping.  All useful contacts while visiting the Norfolk Broads.

Accommodation

Activities

Attractions

Food and Drink

Shopping


Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages are the UKs leading independent holiday cottages letting agency, with over 100 cottages located throughout Norfolk. Visit the Sykes Cottages website today to find a great selection of cottages for your Norfolk Broads holiday!


Wherrymans Way

You can walk the whole route or explore parts by cycle, train and river bus. Alternatively you can walk one of the ten circular walks enroute. Look out for the unique waymarkers, which include figures, sculpture, information panels and audio points.


Norfolk Windmills Trust

The Trust is responsible for twenty mills within Norfolk, and is financially and technically supported by Norfolk County Council.


White Horse Inn

Traditional Norfolk pub, serving several real ales and tasty home made food


Linda H. Matthews Artist

Working artists studio & gallery, in the beautiful northern broads. Paintings & gifts from Lindas work. Also offering structured painting courses and private tuition, for individuals & groups, with an experienced tutor & art materials for sale

 
Day One Day boat trip Wroxham to Coltishall – £££££
Day Two Walk / Wildlife watching Ranworth & Fairhaven Gardens – ££££
Day Three Walk / Seal watching Horsey Mere and Beach – £/££ - YF
Day Four Guided boat trip / Wildlife watching Hickling Broad & Sutton - ££££
Day Five Canoe trip Wayford Bridge to Neatishead, via Barton Broad – £££ - YF
Day Six Cycle ride and Picnic Clippesby to How Hill – £/£££ - YF
Day Seven Day boat trip Ludham Bridge to Neatishead via How Hill – £££££
Day Eight Walk / Wildlife watching Salhouse & Cockshoot Broads – ££
Day Nine Canoe trip Martham to Horsey – £££
Day Ten Learn to Sail from Hunter’s Yard at Ludham - £££££
Day Eleven Walk / Boat trip Barton & Alderfen Broads – £/££ - YF
Day Twelve Cycle ride Discover the Norfolk Broads in a Day - £/££
YF - Young Family option available

A cost guide is included for each day out, ranging from lower cost (£: free or up to £15) to higher cost (£££££: £80 up to £100). These costs are based on a family of 4
undertaking all the activities suggested and are accurate as at the date of publication.

"Staithes are common in the Broads, and these are merely
banks for mooring,
or landing-stages
for boats"

TOP TIPS
1. Choose a warm, dry day if possible with not too much wind
2. Remember to take a hat, sunscreen and warm clothing as the boat trip can be breezy, even on a sunny day
3. The boardwalk trails at the Wildlife Trust are suitable for disabled access
4. The boat trip from the Wildlife Trust runs from mid-May to mid-September, Sunday to Thursday, and it is essential to book in advance by telephoning the visitor centre on 01692 598276. There is a charge for entry to the reserve and for the boat trip and the reserve is open from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit their website www.norfolkwild
lifetrust.org.uk
5. It is also advisable to ring Sutton Pottery on 01692 580595 in advance to check opening times or visit www.suttonpottery.com
6. There are toilets located at the Wildlife Trust visitor centre, and for customers at the Greyhound Inn
7. There is free customer parking at the Wildlife Trust, the Greyhound Inn and at Sutton Pottery

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