"As a Norfolk Broads fan for over 40 years, if I was asked to recommend dayboat river trips, these would be my first choices. Whatever you want from your day trip, there is no doubt the Norfolk Broads will reward you with a wonderful variety of options, you are simply spoilt for choice!" (Jill Thwaites)
Dayboat for an hour:
There is hardly time for but the briefest impression of the busiest part of the Norfolk Broads, but I would suggest that from Wroxham you go down river to Wroxham Broad and hopefully see some sailing (racing takes places on Saturdays and Sundays) and return with your appetite wetted.
Dayboat for four hours:
Leaving Wroxham, cruise to Salhouse Broad where you can picnic, let the children play or walk through the woods to Woodbastwick Brewery for a sturdy pint. If that doesn't tempt you, carry on from Salhouse through the pretty and popular village of Horning to Ranworth Broad, moor up at the staithe and visit the fascinating floating Broads Wildlife Centre and surrounding nature trails. Then challenge yourself to climb Ranworth Church Tower - it's well worth the effort as the panoramic views are spectacular!
A shorter alternative is to moor the other side of Horning at Cockshoot Dyke, enjoy a picnic and possibly follow the boardwalk nature trail.
For an eight hour trip, I would recommend cruising from Wroxham through Horning, past the entrance to Ranworth Broad and South Walsham Broad both on your right (these are both worth a subsequent visit) and then turn left towards Ludham and Womach Broad. For lunch, moor at Womack or carry on up through Ludham Bridge to Barton Broad passing Howhill and the beautiful riverside houses at Irstead, then enjoy your picnic at Barton and return to the boatyard.
Alternatively, cruise in the opposite direction from Wroxham through Wroxham Bridge to Belaugh and Coltishall Common for a picnic or lunch at the Kings Head public house. Then carry on up to end of navigation, mooring just before the end to cross over the bridge and walk to the Recruiting Sergeant in Coltishall for good pub grub. This leisurely route could also be covered within 4 hours, but without the relaxing stops.
As with all things on the Norfolk Broads, you are your own master of time, so Wroxham to Horning can take one hour or three days - that is the magic of the Broads!