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Cruises from Stalham

Stalham is popular choice for the start of a Norfolk Broads hire boat cruising holiday and the majority of the Northern Rivers can be explored from here

Suggested 3 day and 7 day cruises from Stalham

Ranworth Staithe
Turf Fen Mill
St Benets Abbey
Sailing Races
Mudweight on Salhouse
See below for suggested 3 and 7 day cruises from the Stalham boatyard of Richardsons. These cruises take you on a route down the River Ant, across Barton Broad, linking with the River Bure and River Thurne to take you on a journey around the Northern rivers, ensuring that you get to see all the major highlights that the Norfolk Broads have to offer.

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Norfolk Broads Map Coltishall Wroxham Ludham Thurne Stalham Hickling Horsey Winterton on Sea Potter Heigham Martham Great Yarmouth Norwich Whitlingham Horning Salhouse Ranworth South Walsham Neatishead River Ant River Bure River Bure Barton Broad Barton Turf Acle Loddon Belaugh Burgh Castle Hemsby Reedham How Hill
 

3 Day Cruise From Stalham

Barton Broad, Neatishead and How Hill
Start your cruise by heading down the River Ant towards Barton Broad. You may like to take a small detour towards Wayford Bridge to see the picturesque Hunsett Mill. When you reach Barton Broad, you may like to explore one of the villages just off it, such as Barton Turf or Neatishead.

Continue down the River Ant, through the picturesque village of Irstead and onto How Hill. Here you will see Turf Fen windmill and a small marshman's house, which you can explore. You may like to moor the night at Ludham Bridge (the Dog Inn is a short walk from the bridge).
Irstead Cruising
The River Ant at Irstead
Ranworth and Wroxham
On day two start from Ludham Bridge, turn right when you meet the River Bure and head towards Horning. If time allows, you may like to take a detour to Ranworth (historic church and nature reserve). Continue to the picturesque village of Horning (3 riverside pubs).

In the afternoon, continue along the River Bure to Wroxham. Along the way you will pass Salhouse Broad and Wroxham Broad. Wroxham itself is full of things to see and do (moorings can be found just through Wroxham Bridge).
Mudweight on Salhouse
Mudweight in the middle of Salhouse Broad
Horning and Thurne
On day three return down the River Bure back thorugh Horning and onto Thurne Mouth, just making Thurne village for lunch. You will pass the ruins of St Benet's Abbey along the way.

Return to Stalham along the River Ant, via Ludham Bridge and Barton Broad. Make sure you leave enough time for your return journey.
St Benets Abbey
The ruined abbey of St Benets on the River Bure

7 Day Cruise From Stalham

Barton Broad, Neatishead and How Hill
Start your cruise by heading down the River Ant towards Barton Broad. You may like to take a small detour towards Wayford Bridge to see the picturesque Hunsett Mill. When you reach Barton Broad, you may like to explore one of the villages just off it, such as Barton Turf or Neatishead.

Continue down the River Ant, through the picturesque village of Irstead and onto How Hill. Here you will see Turf Fen windmill and a small marshman's house, which you can explore. You may like to moor the night at Ludham Bridge (the Dog Inn is a short walk from the bridge).
Sailing Races
Sailing Races on Barton Broad
Ranworth and Horning
On day two start from Ludham Bridge, turn right when you meet the River Bure and continue until you come to the Ranworth turn on the left. Moor up at the village of Ranworth and explore the historic church and nature reserve.

In the afternoon, continue along the River Bure to Horning. Horning is a lovely picturesque village and has 3 riverside pubs to enjoy.
Ranworth Staithe
Ranworth Staithe
Wroxham
On day three continue along the River Bure to Wroxham. Along the way you will pass Salhouse Broad and Wroxham Broad. Wroxham itself is full of things to see and do (moorings can be found just through Wroxham Bridge). You could go shopping in Roys, take a ride on the Bure Valley Railway to Aylsham or explore Miniature Worlds (an indoor model emporium). Wroxham has loads of restaurants, bars and take-aways to enjoy.
Wroxham Bridge
Wroxham bridge over the River Bure
Belaugh and Coltishall
On day four head under Wroxham bridge and upstream towards Coltishall. Along the way, you will pass through the lovely village of Belaugh. This is a beautiful quiet stretch of the Norfolk Broads. Coltishall has plenty of moorings and two adjacent pubs. There is also a grassy bank for picnics or a game rounders on a summers evening.
Belaugh Staithe
Cruising through Belaugh
River Bure to Thurne and Potter Heigham
On day five return along the Rive Bure, back through Wroxham and Horning. Continue until you come to the ruins of St Benet's Abbey on the left and immediately turn right to South Walsham (where you can walk to the village).

Return to the River Bure and head for Thurne Mouth, turning left into the River Thurne. The village of Thurne is marked by it's magnificent windpump. Further up the River Thurne you will find a turning to the village of Ludham that you may like to explore. Continue up the River Thurne to Potter Heigham, with its medieval low arched bridge.
Thurne Dyke Mill
Thurne Dyke Mill
Hickling and Horsey or Upton or Acle
On day six, if you have boat with a shallow headroom, go through the medieval low arched bridge, where you can explore the upper reaches of the River Thurne. Depending on time, you may like to explore West Somerton, Hickling Broad and Horsey (with it's magnificent windpump).

For boats that will not pass under Potter bridge, head back down the River Thurne and continue towards Upton (good pub and local walks). Continue to Acle Bridge (pub and walks). You may even like to take the day to head down the River Bure to Great Yarmouth (endless seaside attractions).
Hickling Broad
Pleasure boat Inn at Hickling Broad
Return to Stalham
On the final day, return to Stalham via Thurne mouth, along the River Bure and then turn right up the River Ant through Ludham Bridge, How Hill and Barton Broad. Make sure you leave enough time for your return journey.
Ant Divide
The channel from the River Ant to Sutton and Stalham


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