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Surrounded by the sea and with miles of inland waterways on the Broads, Norfolk is a fabulous place to come for a sail.

An Introduction to Sailing in Norfolk

Sailing Dinghy
Yachts Sailing
Norfolk Broads Yacht
Topper Sailing
Wherry Albion

Surrounded by the Norfolk Coast and with miles of inland waterways on the Broads, Norfolk is a fabulous place to come for a sail. The Norfolk Broads are the largest wetland in Britain and is specially protected with the equivalent status of a national park. There are six rivers connecting forty broads, making over 200km of waterways in all, and just waiting to be explored. Water, reeds, marshes and tangled woodlands make up the Broadland landscape - a haven for birds and wildlife. The North Norfolk Coast has many creeks, channels and inlets to explore. Places to visit include nature reserves, churches, windmills, craft centres, and numerous waterside villages with pubs, shops and restaurants.

10 Top places to enjoy Sailing in Norfolk

Barton Broad
Barton Broad is home to the Norfolk Punt Club, who have a pontoon anchored in the middle of the broad and they organize racing for a wide variety of craft and has some 550 members. It tries to maintain its original ethos of informal, economical and gentlemanly sailing combined with a love of the beauty of the local environment. In addition to weekly racing there are a number of Open Events held throughout the season and each August, the Club holds its Open Regatta, attended by sailors from all over the Broads racing a wide variety of boats. Try launching at Barton Turf.
Topper Sailing
Topper Sailing on Barton Broad
Wroxham Broad
Wroxham Broad is home to the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. The best way to get there is by boat along the River Bure! but there is also access by road down a small private track. The yacht club has a large club house, moorings and there are organised events for both members and guests.
NBYC Club House
Norfolk Broads Yacht Club
Horning Sailing Club, situated on the tight bend of the River Bure at Horning, organise regular sailing races. The most famous race is called the "Three Rivers Race" and is a grueling 45 mile test along the rivers Ant, Bure and Thurne. The race takes place early in June and has been organised by Horning Sailing Club since the 1960's.
Yachts Sailing
Racing from the Sailing Club at Horning
The River Thurne at Thurne
Free of trees and fairly wide, the River Thurne offers some great sailing. With mainly westerly winds it makes a great reach right the way down to Acle Bridge. The pub at Thurne is a welcome sight on your return!
Wherry at Thurne
Passing Wherry on the River Thurne
Whitlingham Country Park near Norwich.
This woodland and water park just southeast outside Norwich at Trowse is a great place to sail, walk, cycle, canoe, picnic or birdwatch. Built on the site of a quarry whose gravel was used for a number of major local construction projects, Whitlingham offers a full range of water-based activities, including moth and bat evenings, pond dipping, quarry safaris and a Canadian canoe trail. A historic flint barn has been converted into a visitor information centre, cafe and WC.
Whitlingham Country Park
Whitlingham outdoor education and adventure centre
Salhouse Broad
Salhouse Broad is surrounded by attractive woodland and is a quiet spot for a great relaxing mess about in a dinghy. The broad is also a great place to try canoeing and you can hire a canoe and give it a go! A water taxi service operates to nearby Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail, which is only accessible by boat.
Sailing on Salhouse
Dinghy sailing on Salhouse Broad
Malthouse Broad in Ranworth
Malthouse Broad is a boating paradise with all style, shape and size of boat, and their crew can often be found having a pint of local beer in the pub! Ranworth Broad is said to be haunted by a 12th century monk that is often seen rowing his boat out onto the Broad early in the morning mist. The village itself is dominated by the church dating back to 1370 and is known as the Cathedral of the Broads.
Ranworth Staithe
All kinds of Boats at Ranworth
Wells next the sea
Wells next the sea is situated a good mile or so from open water. Like many places along this stretch of the Norfolk Norfolk Coast, silting has limited access to the sea, but back in Tudor times, Wells was one of the great ports of eastern England. It’s still one of the most attractive towns on the North Norfolk coast, and the only one to remain a commercially viable port. It features many narrow creeks nicely sheltered from the offshore winds and makes a very good base for exploring the surrounding coastline.
Wells next the sea
A creek from the harbour at Wells
Hunters Yard at Ludham
No page on Norfolk Sailing can forget to mention Hunters Yard at Ludham. One of the most famous boatyards on the Broads, Hunters yard still hire out traditional Norfolk sailing yachts - gaff rigged, no engines and no electricity - just oil lamps! If you would like to experience authentic 1930's Broads sailing, Hunters yard is the place for you!
Sailing Hunters Yacht
Hunters Wood boat sailing on the Norfolk Broads
Burnham Overy Staithe.
At Burnham Overy Staithe, we have plenty of launching facilities for boats of all kinds. The village of Burnham Overy has moved over the years, as the channel gradually silted up sea going vessels had to moor further and further downstream, until over time the majority of the population had moved from Burnham Overy Town to Burnham Overy Staithe. Today it is a mecca for sailing enthusiasts, with plenty of paths for those who prefer to remain on land!
Burnham Overy Staithe
Launching a boats at Burnham Overy Staithe




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