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Cruises from Wroxham

Wroxham 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 Wroxham

Ranworth Staithe
Turf Fen Mill
St Benets Abbey
Horsey Windpump
Mudweight on Salhouse
See below for suggested 3 and 7 day cruises from the Wroxham boatyards of Barnes Brinkcraft, Royalls, Faircraft Loynes and Summercraft. These cruises take you on a route along the River Bure, linking with the River Thurne and River Ant 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 Wroxham

Salhouse Broad and Ranworth
Start your cruise by heading along the River Bure towards the picturesque village of Horning, exploring Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad along the way. Have lunch in one of Horning's riverside pubs.

In the afternoon, continue along the River Bure until you come to the turn for Ranworth. Moor up at Ranworth for the night. Make sure you make time to explore the church and nature reserve.
Ranworth Staithe
Ranworth Staithe
The River Ant to Barton Broad and Stalham
On day two start from Ranworth and head back towards the River Bure, turning right and then left up the River Ant. Pass under Ludham Bridge and continue to How Hill. Here you will see Turf Fen windmill and a small marshman's house, which you can explore.

From How Hill, continue up the River Ant, through the small riverside village of Irstead, onto Barton Broad. Depending on time, you could continue on to Stalham or stop at one of the villages off Barton Broad, such as Barton Turf or Neatishead.
Turf Fen Mill
Turf Fen drainage mill
River Thurne to Potter Heigham
Start day three by returning down the River Ant to the River Bure. If time allows before returning to Wroxham, take a detour to Thurne Mouth, past the ruins of St Benet's Abbey and then to the village of Thurne. Here you will see the magnificent Thurne windpump. Further up the River Thurne you will find Potter Heigham, with its medieval low arched bridge.

Return to Wroxham via Thurne mouth and then the River Bure through Horning. 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 Wroxham

Belaugh and Coltishall
Start your cruise by heading along the River Bure from Wroxham under Wroxham bridge, 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.

Alternatively, this leg of the cruise could be undertaken on the last day of your holiday and therefore start your cruise from day two.
Belaugh Staithe
Cruising through Belaugh
Salhouse Broad, Horning and Ranworth
Start day two by returning through Wroxham Bridge and along the River Bure towards the picturesque village of Horning, exploring Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad along the way. Have lunch in one of Horning's riverside pubs (the Ferry is the best for kids as it has an excellent outdoor play area).

In the afternoon, continue along the River Bure until you come to the turn for Ranworth. Moor up at Ranworth for the night. Make sure you make time to explore the church and nature reserve.
Mudweight on Salhouse
Mudweight in the middle of Salhouse Broad
The River Ant to How Hill and Barton Broad
On day three, from Ranworth head back towards the River Bure, turning right and then left up the River Ant. Pass under Ludham Bridge and continue to How Hill. Here you will see Turf Fen windmill and a small marshman's house, which you can explore.

From How Hill, continue up the River Ant, through the small riverside village of Irstead, onto Barton Broad. Depending on time, you could stop at one of the villages off Barton Broad, such as Barton Turf or Neatishead.
Sailing Races
Sailing Races on Barton Broad
River Ant to Stalham and Sutton
On day four continue up the River Ant towards Stalham. You may like to take a small detour towards Wayford Bridge to see the picturesque Hunsett Mill. Continue to either Stalham (for the Museum of the Broads) or Sutton Staithe (for Sutton Pottery). Return down the River Ant and moor the night at either Barton Turf, How Hill or Ludham Bridge.
Hunsett Mill
Hunsett drainage mill on the River Ant
River Thurne to Ludham and Potter Heigham
On day five return through Ludham Bridge and turn left onto the River Bure. Cruise to the ruins of St Benet's Abbey, where you turn right towards 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 upstream 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 Wroxham
On the final day, return to Wroxham via Thurne mouth and then the River Bure through Horning. Make sure you leave enough time for your return journey.
Wroxham Bridge
Wroxham bridge over the River Bure


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