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 Eight: Walk / Wildlife watching – Salhouse & Cockshoot Broads / Conservation in action

While predominantly an area of freshwater, the Broads National Park extends to the coast at Horsey, providing an opportunity for an undemanding walk around this intriguing area, viewing the only community of seals living in the Norfolk Broads! Our suggestions will take you to Horsey, the site of several extensive flooding episodes in the twentieth century, for a circular walk of approximately 8 miles around the varied landscape of the area; the opportunity to view the large community of seals living along this part of the coast; a climb up Horsey Mill providing striking views over Horsey Mere; lunch at a traditional Norfolk pub; followed by an afternoon visit to Waxham Barn, a restored barn now housing a museum of local life.

Start: Salhouse Broad car park, off the B1140 near Wroxham
Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL40; grid reference TG319150
SatNav postcode NR13 6RX

Cost Guide: ££

the Norfolk Broads offer a unique landscape within the UK, but they do not manage and maintain themselves. This day is designed to show you two completely different approaches to the conservation and sustainable management of the Norfolk Broads. Our suggestions will take you on a tour of Salhouse Broad; to lunch at a local pub, home to one of the UK’s best known independent breweries; followed by an afternoon spent exploring Cockshoot Broad and the Bure Marshes nature reserve.

Our recommended itinerary is as follows:

•   Drive to Salhouse Broad car park, situated on a minor road off the B1140 between Acle and Wroxham

•   Privately owned, Salhouse Broad was created not through peat digging as the other Broads were, but by sand and gravel abstraction. It has an active group of Friends who help to manage the Broad and organise a programme of events throughout the summer months to encourage visitors to enjoy the varied bird life around the area. The Broad is home to the only pair of Australian black swans living in the Norfolk Broads

•   There are a variety of habitats; oak woodland, wet alder carr woodland, marshy sedge beds, sandy heath, grassland and open water, all of which you pass through as you walk from the car park down through the woods to the Broad’s edge

•   This is an all-season delight, with bluebells and lesser celandines in the Spring, peacock butterflies and banded demoiselle damselflies in the Summer, hawthorn, holly, parasol mushrooms and inkcaps in the Autumn, with wildfowl sheltering on the Broad in the Winter

•   You can enjoy refreshment from the ice cream boat plying its trade around this part of the Norfolk Broads, and perhaps take the Water Taxi which runs Sunday to Thursday from Easter to mid-September across to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail, not accessible from land, a true wilderness within the Broads National Park

•   Make your way to the Fur & Feather Inn at Woodbastwick for lunch, turning left out of the Broad car park. Attached to the Woodforde’s Brewery, this iconic Norfolk inn serves great beer and food in a picturesque setting. With a regularly changing menu offering a combination of classic and more imaginative dishes, including an innovative selection for vegetarians, there is bound to be something for everyone!
•   The Brewery Shop is also worth a visit after lunch, selling the full range of Woodforde’s beers in bottles and boxes, in addition to a range of gifts and local produce. You can even arrange a tour of the brewery

•   Continue through the village of Woodbastwick, turning left at the junction of the road to the marshes and Cockshoot Broad, as the ‘main’ road continues sharply right towards Ranworth

•   Proceed slowly down the lane through the Bure Marshes to the river looking out for wildlife as you go, bearing in mind that this road floods easily and may be wet. This is a popular spot to sit and watch the busy river traffic pass by, but if you follow the boardwalk to Cockshoot Broad you will enter a different world – one of peace and tranquillity overlooking a Broad closed to boat traffic and as a result recovering to represent a haven for wildlife

•   Around one metre of mud was pumped out following its damming off, and within three months, seeds which had lain dormant at the bottom of the Broad for decades started to shoot, and the water became clear again

•   You can expect to see a wide variety of insect and bird life along the boardwalk and from the bird hide overlooking the Broad, including herons, marsh harriers, several species of duck, dragonflies and butterflies

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.




Food and Drink


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.

Weavers Way, Stalham to Thurne

Weavers Way offers a full taste of the Norfolk Broads. Beyond Hickling village, Weavers Way passes through Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve and provides the walker with exceptional opportunities to enjoy this unique landscape.


A huge forest of wild family fun and adventure. Treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, marsh walks and really yummy food.

White Horse Inn

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

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.

"Cockshoot Broad
had enough mud
pumped out to fill
around 44
swimming pools
in the 1980s to
help improve
water quality"

Wildlife Fact File
Cygnus atratus

An Australian species, the only pair on the Norfolk Broads live on Salhouse Broad. Approximately 110 to 140 cm in length, they are easily recognisable from their black plumage and bright red bill.

1. For details of events taking place at Salhouse Broad, or to book a trip to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Reserve, contact the ranger on 01603 722775, or visit the website
2. The Fur & Feather Inn opens at 11.30am Monday to Saturday, and at 12 noon on Sunday, while the Brewery Shop is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm all year round (11.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays) For restaurant bookings, telephone 01603 720003, or for more information see their website www.thefurand
3. There are public lavatories located at Salhouse Broad and customer toilets with baby changing facilities at the Fur & Feather Inn. There are no toilet facilities at Cockshoot Broad
4. The boardwalk at Cockshoot Broad is suitable for disabled access

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