Is it possible to experience the Norfolk Broads in just eight hours?
If you’re in need of a little escape but don’t have the time for a mini break, then pack up your picnic and Prosecco and head to the Norfolk Broads for some peace and quiet.
You might be wondering if it’s possible to fully experience the delights of the lock-free waterways in just one day, and the answer is yes, yes it is! Read our guide on how to enjoy a day on the Norfolk Broads.
Start your journey in Wroxham, regarded as the capital of the Broads. You’ll need a hearty breakfast for your day ahead and there’s plenty of choice in the town. Wake up with a coffee at Number 14; their Brioche French toast topped with fruit is the perfect summer breakfast. For a fry up visit The River Kitchen Café & Restaurant located on the water’s edge.
Boat Hire: 10am
Hiring your own boat for the day is an exhilarating experience, it’s a chance to get up close with the beauty of the Broads and feel like a captain. It appeals to almost everyone; families, groups of friends, couples – boat hire is big business on the Broads. Most full day rentals can be hired from 10am to 5pm. Day cruisers feature a toilet, galley, canopy and essentials such a stove and fridge so you can enjoy a homemade lunch on the water. There are many reputable companies based in Wroxham including Norfolk Broads Direct, which offers day hire for up to eight people.
Take some time to get to grips with your vessel. Navigating the waters during busy summer months can be tricky if it’s your first time behind the wheel. The Broad at Wroxham is slightly larger so it’s an ideal place to begin.
Tour the Broads: 11pm-12pm
Now you feel as though you’re a fully-fledged captain, make your way towards Salhouse Broad. Take in the sights along the way; the banks lined with pretty cottages, reeds and wildlife. Moor up and stretch your legs with a stroll along one of the footpaths.
Make your way to Horning a popular pit-stop for boaters. Dotted along this stretch of water are The Innkeeper’s Lodge, The Swan and New Inn, all great for a spot of lunch on the water’s edge. Just be prepared to wait for a mooring spot in the summer months!
If you’re a keen fisherman, moor at the banks opposite The Ferry Inn at Woodbastwick Staithe. Take the walk that leads to Cockshoot Dyke, then continue to Cockshoot Broad. This is a great location for anglers with Bream, Roach and Pike likely to take the bait.
Cruise to the boat yard: 1.30pm-4pm
Make a slow meander back towards Wroxham, spying the local wildlife as you go. The Broads are a bird spotters paradise with many species bobbing along the water. If you’re lucky you might even see an otter!
Wroxham Barns: 4pm-5pm
If you make it back in time, finish the day with a browse around Wroxham Barns. Loved by both grown-ups and children, it features a junior farm, park, mini golf, plus shopping opportunities with crafts, arts and more. It’s well worth a visit for soaking up the best of Wroxham and local produce.
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