Boating & having Fun at The Norfolk Broads
There really is something for everyone in Norfolk. Visit and discover for yourself why The Broads are often referred to as Britain’s Magical Waterland.
The Norfolk Broads is Britain’s magical waterland and a member of the National Parks family.
Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to enjoy the area and there is something to suit every age and ability. From canoeing, sailing, rowing or guided boat trips to solar powered boats, sailing lessons and wheelchair accessible boats – the Broads has it all.
East View Farm is on the edge of the Broads National Park; a stunningly beautiful and diverse area with over 100 miles of navigable waterways, dotted with iconic Norfolk Mills, rich in wildlife, blessed with lots of riverside villages.
We have comprehensive information in our cottages but in the meantime here are just a selection close to us that you might enjoy.
– Hire a Boat at Barnes Brinkcraft
Day Launches seating up to eight people comfortably with cushioned seating and easy to fold away cover. Easy to operate, no experience required, full tuition given. Open all year.
Visit Barnes Brinkcraft here
– Hire a Boat at JB Boats
Hire a boat for a day or longer at JB Boats. Boats of all sizes. Self drive picnic boats with toilets on-board, maps, sat nav and life jackets all supplied for you.
Visit JB Boats here
– Try Sailing at Hunter’s Yard
Enjoy the vintage 1930’s sailing yachts based in Ludham. Hire a boat for a day’s sailing yourselves, or be taken sailing on a skippered yacht for 2 hours from £48 for up to three people.
Visit Hunter’s Yard here
– Try Canoeing at The Canoe Man
Whether it’s a half day guided canoe trail, a bushcraft experience or hiring canoes for a paddle in the quiet backwaters, there is everything here for families and friends. Based in Wroxham.
Visit The Canoe Man here
– Mail on Sunday Feature
We were delighted to see an article in The Mail on Sunday from Martin Dunford who spent a weekend sailing on the Broads.
Martin tells of his family’s delight at discovering the excitement of taking to the water, whether under sail or engine, and exploring “Britain’s Magical Waterland”. They set off along the River Bure, stopping at the ruined Abbey of St Benet’s, lunching at The Maltsters in Ranworth before climbing the tower of St Helen’s Church, known as the Cathedral of the Broads, well worth the 100ft climb to take in the view across miles of watery countryside.
Then it was a short walk to visit Toad Hole Cottage at How Hill; seeing how a Victorian Marshman and his family lived and worked before stopping for dinner at The White Horse at Neatishead
From the water is a great way to explore the Broads but if you don’t fancy sailing, there are plenty of places where you can hire a comfortable and spacious motor cruiser to take the whole family or a day-boat by the hour.
Check out The CanoeMan in nearby Wroxham, Capital of the Broads, who organises guided canoe and kayak trails or for the more adventurous try out stand-up paddleboarding or even wild swimming. If, however, you prefer dry land there are many lovely marked walks within the Broads and cycle routes too with bike hire available.
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