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 Seven: Day boat trip – Ludham Bridge to Neatishead via How Hill

The River Ant between Ludham Bridge and Barton Broad is one of the most picturesque parts of the Norfolk Broads. It can be quite narrow in places and very rural. It is not unusual to see bundles of thatch lying to the side waiting for collection which merely adds to its old world charm as the sails of traditional wooden yachts move effortlessly along the river. You can experience this peace and tranquility by hiring your own Broads cruiser for the day and exploring the area afloat.

Start: Ludham Bridge Boats, Ludham Bridge on the A1062
Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL40; grid reference TG374172
SatNav postcode NR29 5NX

Cost Guide: £££££

For day boat hire we recommend Ludham Bridge Boatyard. This is a family run business where you will find clean and reliable boats. Don’t worry if you’ve no experience with boats, as the rules of the river are simple to follow and after an initial briefing when you will also collect your life jackets you will be all set to take command of your own vessel.

Once you have hired your boat our recommended route for a day trip is as follows:

•   Drive to Acle and park, for free, at the leisure centre, before strolling through this typical Broadland village, past the church and Budgens supermarket, to Horners auction yard.

•   OR, for a more environmentally friendly option, you can catch a train to Acle from either Norwich or Great Yarmouth, with the station only a short walk from the auction yard and the village.

•   Thursday is market day in Acle, starting around 10am, with viewing allowed earlier in the morning, and the combination of the varied stalls selling local produce and the auction conducted by Horners provides a vibrant taste of life in a modern Broadland village.

•   After your visit to the market, either drive along the A1064 towards Caister, or in the summer months, catch the circular village bus service run by Our Hire, stopping at Filby Bridge. On the way, you will cross the River Bure at Acle Bridge. The old bridge, which was replaced many years ago, was the scene of many grisly executions in olden times, with the unfortunate criminals left to rot, hanging from the bridge itself. The bridge’s reputation for being haunted is well-deserved!
 

•   Filby is a fine example of how small communities can survive and thrive. Located along the A1064, the village supports two pubs, a family-run restaurant and tearoom (serving the best Eccles cakes in the Norfolk Broads!), centred around the village shop and post office run by the Thompson family, which provides a wide range of services for the local community. The Thompson family also help to co-ordinate the village’s entry into the national and regional Village in Bloom competition, won on several occasions. If you are lucky enough to visit during the spring and summer, take some time to linger in the village and experience the riot of colour spread along the main village road.

•   Back at Filby Bridge, you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant, with its lovely views over Filby Broad. In the afternoon, why not hire a rowing boat to enjoy one of the most peaceful stretches of water in the Norfolk Broads. This is because the Trinity Broads, as Filby, Rollesby and Ormesby Broads are known, are no longer connected to the main waterways system for navigation purposes, with the result that there are no hire craft on the water here.

•   These Broads are also ideal for fishing enthusiasts, either out on the water or from the recently built fishing platforms incorporating disabled access at Filby, with parking located just to the west of the Broad on the A1064. You can explore south on Filby Broad under the road bridge, or north into Rollesby Broad (and the small Lily Broad, inaccessible by any other means).

•   On the north shore of Filby Broad, you can even moor up for a pint at the Eels Foot Inn, located right on the Norfolk Broads edge. Sunsets from these Broads can be magnificent, and we can think of no better way to end a day exploring the Norfolk Broads than paddling gently back to Filby across the water, with the sun slipping down over the horizon.

 

•   On the north shore of Filby Broad, you can even moor up for a pint at the Eels Foot Inn, located right on the Norfolk Broads edge. Sunsets from these Broads can be magnificent, and we can think of no better way to end a day exploring the Norfolk Broads than paddling gently back to Filby across the water, with the sun slipping down over the horizon.

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


Norfolk Broads & Coastal Holidays

Privately owned self catering caravans in Hemsby and Caister on Sea. High standard accommodation on nice sites, they offer an ideal base from which to explore Norfolk Coast and Broads. Available weekly or for short breaks.


Moonfleet Marine

Moonfleet Marine offers high quality day boats to seat up to 6 people, available in both diesel and electric engine options. The boatyard is by the historic staithe at Stalham. Easily accessible by road, just off the A149 with plenty of free parking.


Blickling Hall, Garden & Park

Magnificent Jacobean house with garden and park. Famed for its long gallery, fine tapestries, paintings and rare books. Parkland, lakeside walks and sunken garden. Reputedly home to the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIIIs second queen.


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

53 hectares (131 acres) of beautiful ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.


Sutton Pottery

Small studio workshop in rural East Norfolk, established by Malcolm Flatman in 1977 in the Broadland village of Sutton, near Stalham. He uses the Potters Wheel and the fire of a gas kiln to create a large range of reduction stoneware entirely by hand.

 
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.

"Boating holidays on the Broads started to take off from the 1870s, but not on a mass basis until the 1960s, with the development of fibre glass mouldings"

TOP TIPS
1. Allow around 5 hours for your trip and it is a good idea to telephone Ludham Bridge Boatyard and pre-book your boat on 01692 631011. For more information see their website
at
www.ludhambridge
boats.co.uk

There is free customer parking
2. For a lower cost option, why not take your own picnic. Moor at How Hill nature Reserve and eat your lunch by the river or up on the wide expanse of grass behind Toad Hole Cottage, where there is plenty of room for the children to stretch their legs before setting off
again.

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