Frequently Asked Questions
It is hard to pick a best route as there are many lovely places to visit and, of course, different people like different places. But here is our suggestion.
We would recommend that you spend your first day sailing on Hickling Broad (there is a nice pub at Hickling the Pleasure Boat) and then you could head up to Horsey Mere and eat at the Nelson pub (a 20 minute walk, but well worth it) .
From there go to Potter Heigham where you can purchase everything that you may have forgotten or need to buy. (Except, unfortunately, fresh veg!).
Alternatively you could sail to Ludham/Womack Staithe (a further mile down the river) and then walk up to the village where there is a really good butchers that also sells good vegetables a nice village tea room. You can refill water at both places.
Then perhaps sail up to Barton Broad, we love to visit Barton Turf but there are no shops and we are not sure where your nearest pub would be but it is beautiful and water is available. You could visit Gays Staithe but it gets busy and mooring is difficult. Then sail to South Walsham, you can't get off your boat since there are no moorings but it is beautiful spot for an onboard lunch on the mud weight. Then on to Ranworth (stern on mooring) and visit the nature reserve. Go up the tall church tower, where you can see for miles. There is a lovey pub, water and shopping in Ranworth, though it can be difficult to get a mooring.
You can then continue on to Horning. Here there are fab deli, pubs, a few 'touristy' shops and water. On to Salhouse broad, where there is water available plus lovely pub at Woodbastwick (a fair walk away). Salhouse has lovely tea rooms and shop to buy food and veg. Just a tip: Once you reach Horning Rectory, and beyond towards Salhouse and Wroxham the trees begin to greatly reduce the wind and sailing becomes more difficult.
After that come back up and explore down the River Bure towards Acle and Stokesby.
What is a good route for a weeks holiday on The Broads?
What should I bring?
Spring and Autumn:
- Thick socks
- Warm coat
- Sleeping clothes (that you can sneak out onto the cockpit in and watch the sun rise)
- Hot chocolate
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
- Sailing pumps or shoes
- Sun glasses
- Camera and charger
- Wet wipes
- Sailing gloves
- Wash bag
- Light rain coat
What qualifications do I need?
All our boats need some sailing experience to hire but that can vary a lot. Sometimes people are very experienced dingy sailors but do not have much experience sailing yachts. On the other hand, some of our customers have been sailing yachts for years but do not have sailing qualification to their name. Still others come and spend a few hours sailing with our experienced skipper who is able to give advice (£30 per hour).