Day Boat Itinerary Suggestions from Wroxham 

13 March 2020

Day Boat Itinerary Suggestions from Wroxham

We’ve pulled together some suggestions for activities whilst hiring a day boat from our boatyard at Wroxham

When leaving the boatyard turn left onto the main river, passed the houses on the riverfront.

Wroxham BroadPop into Wroxham Broad and practice your day boat handling skills. You could even let the youngsters have a supervised turn at the wheel

This broad has an exit at either end so you can pop back onto the River Bure at the other end of the waterway


#Top tip This is a great place to catch a picture of yachts with their full sails up, on a Saturday and Sunday during the sailing season

(A Trip to Wroxham Broad and back will take approx 1 hr to return to the yard)

Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail

Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail - barnes brinkcraft day boat itinerary suggestionOnce you have left Wroxham broad, continue for 10 mins and you will find Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. on your right

The trail is only accessed by boat and is free for you to look around. You will be able to meet the warden and follow the 30 min round trail to Hoveton Great Broad. Learn some more about this amazing environment.





The ice cream man - salhouse broad - Barnes Brinkcraft day boat itenary suggestion Keep an eye out for the ice cream man. Wave if you want an ice cream delivered to your boat
(2 Hours)


The Beach, Salhouse Broad

Salhouse Broad Beach. Barnes Brinkcraft day boat itinerary suggestionAlmost opposite the nature trail is the entrance to Salhouse Broad. This makes an ideal spot, where you could try your hand at mooring up. Have a paddle on the “beach” and feed the ducks.

For those of you who have boats without toilets on board, there are public toilets 5 mins from the beach

(We’d suggest a minimum of a 3-hour trip to enjoy the trail, Wroxham and Salhouse Broad)

#Top Tip: There is no need to moor up to feed the ducks and swans. just pop the boat into neutral and start throwing a little food onto the water – the birds will soon notice you!

#Top Tip:  Swans and ducks like to feast on corn, grapes, oats, wheat, lettuce, vegetable trimmings and peas. A little bread will not harm them, but a varied diet is much much better

Wherry yachts Olive, right, White Moth, left, and Norada sailing together at Ranworth Broad on Sunday. Photo: Broads Authority

Wherry yachts Olive, right, White Moth, left, and Norada sailing together at Ranworth Broad on Sunday. Photo: Broads Authority

#Top Tip: Keep an eye out for the magnificent Wherry Yachts, only found in the Broads National Park. You can learn more about them here








Hoveton Little BroadFancy fishing? just as you reach the outskirts of Horning you will see the entrance to Hoveton Little Broad on your right. This broad, also known as Black Horse Broad by the locals offers a quiet and secluded spot to get the rods out.


Horning & Cockshoot Broad

Seafood Platter Staithe and Willow Horning

The pretty village of Horning is over an hours drive from the boatyard, and well worth a visit.

I can highly recommend the takeaways from the Staith and Willow Restaurant in the middle of the village (inc the prosecco)

The Swan at Horning


There are 3 pubs in the village, The Swan, The New Inn and The

Ferry – all have moorings and welcome dayboats.
You could also pick up a picnic from the deli, and have a quick look around their excellent gift shop. The butcher’s sausage rolls are not half bad too.

Moor on the other side of the river and you can tread the duckboards to visit Cockshoot Broad. The Norfolk Wildlife Trust manages this rather magical site of special scientific interest.

(Allow at least 4 hours for a trip to Horning and back, as this enables you to stop off on the way. The trip itself takes just over an hour each way)

Norfolks Big Open SkiesOnce out of the village of Horning you encounter the reed beds and big open skies that Norfolk is renowned for.

St Benets Abbey

The Iconic St Bennets Abbey is probably the most photographed building in the Norfolk Broads has origins dating back to the 9th Century. You can almost feel the history as you walk around.
To learn a little more about this site please download the audio tours

There are no facilities here, so please bring supplies

(To enjoy a day out to St Benets Abbey we would suggest you booked for the day)



#Top Tip: you might Catch a glimpse of the elusive Crane at St Benets Abbey














#Top Tip You are likely to spot a Heron or possibly even a kingfisher. Grebes are also present in the Summer and keep your eyes peeled for an otter






# Top Tip Please remember to bring suitable clothing (flat shoes, waterproofs an extra warm layer) and a drink with you. Suncream and glasses are also important on sunny days

We hope these day boat itinerary suggestions are helpful.  please let us know if you’d like information on other areas of the broads or have a suggestion for the content of this page by contacting sara@barnesbrinkcraft.com

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