Discover the Norfolk Broads
A guide to 12 great days out in the unique environment of the Norfolk Broads compiled by people who live there

Discover the Norfolk Broads - A guide to 12 great days out in the unique environment of the Norfolk Broads compiled by people who live there

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Day Ten: Learn to Sail - from Hunter’s Yard at Ludham

Take a step back in time, and experience the look and feel of the Norfolk Broads before motor powered craft started to take over, starting at the historic village of Ludham and ending at the picturesque village of Horning. Our suggestions will take you on an authentic 1930s Broads sailing experience with Hunter’s heritage fleet, passing the Wherry Trust, home to the last trading wherry on the Norfolk Broads; for lunch at a local pub; followed by a short drive to St. Benet’s Abbey an iconic image of the Broads; and an afternoon visit to Horning, one of the prettiest villages in Broadland, ideal for a stroll followed by afternoon tea.

Start: Hunter’s Yard, Horsefen Road, Ludham
Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL40; grid reference TG396177
SatNav postcode NR29 5QG

Cost Guide: £££££

Our recommended itinerary is as follows:

•   Drive to Hunter’s Yard at Ludham, signposted off the A1062 between Potter Heigham and Hoveton, for a 2-hour fullyskippered sail aboard an original hand built 1930s yacht. These beautiful wooden yachts seat up to 4 people, and children are welcome.

•   You can take the helm, or just sit back and enjoy the tranquillity of being at one with nature, safe in the knowledge that years of experience are at your side.

•   Moored in the dyke next to Hunter’s Yard is Albion, the last black-sailed trading wherry on the Norfolk Broads. The traditional flat-bottomed working boats on the Norfolk Broads, carrying a wide range of cargoes from peat to sugar beet, Albion was rescued in the period after the Second World War and restored to her former glory, although the only cargo now carried is people – she tours the Norfolk Broads in the summer months and is also available for holiday charters.

•   Following your sail, lunch can be provided at the restaurant of the King’s Arms public house in the centre of the village, the entrance located to the right of the pub itself

 

•   From Ludham village centre, take the small lane leaving the church on your right. Along this lane, you will pass The Dutch House on your left, one of the oldest buildings in the village, built in 1603. This was the home of the artist Edward Seago from 1947 until his death in 1974, and it was here that much of his painting was completed

•   Turn right after around 1 mile (otherwise you will end up in the marshes) and then look out for the signpost indicating the road to St. Benet’s Abbey on your left. This lane rapidly becomes a farm track, but it is possible to drive much of the 2 miles down towards the ruins of the Abbey, located on the banks of the River Bure

•   Tracing its origins back to King Canute, the Abbey remains consecrated and the Bishop of Norwich still also bears the title ‘Abbot of St. Benet’s’, with an annual service held on the 1st Sunday in August, the Bishop arriving onboard a traditional wherry

•   Returning up the farm track, turn left and then left again at the main road, crossing Ludham Bridge and continuing until you reach the sign for Horning village on the left (at a crossroads with Neatishead indicated on the right). Drive into Horning village and park in the pay and display car park on your left

•   The village is ideal for a leisurely stroll, with the path by the water’s edge, the ancient buildings around the green, together with several interesting shops and tearooms. There is an emphasis on local produce in the village, with a visit to The Galley a must. A traditional deli, it sells a wide range of local produce including cheeses, preserves, beers, ciders and much more, and also houses a small art gallery and tearoom

Useful Norfolk Broads Contacts

Below you will find suggestions for accommodation, activities, attractions, food & drink and shopping.  All useful contacts while visiting the Norfolk Broads.

Accommodation

Activities

Attractions

Food and Drink

Shopping


Waterside Leisure

A selection of the best self catering, guest houses & hotels in the Norfolk Broads area. All ideally placed for exploring the local area, fishing and boating.


Weavers Way, Halvergate to Great Yarmouth

The Weavers Way crosses the large expanse of Halvergate Marshes, which are managed as traditional grazing meadows and are of international importance. The route across the marshes can often be quite wet so suitable footwear is recommended.


Blickling Hall, Garden & Park

Magnificent Jacobean house with garden and park. Famed for its long gallery, fine tapestries, paintings and rare books. Parkland, lakeside walks and sunken garden. Reputedly home to the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIIIs second queen.


Susies Coffee Shop

Pop in from from 9.00am for freshly baked bread and croissants, along with tasty breakfast baps and delicious Italian coffees. Lunchtimes we bake fresh pizza to order along with a selection of baguettes and homemade cakes and treats.


Sutton Pottery

Small studio workshop in rural East Norfolk, established by Malcolm Flatman in 1977 in the Broadland village of Sutton, near Stalham. He uses the Potters Wheel and the fire of a gas kiln to create a large range of reduction stoneware entirely by hand.

 
Day One Day boat trip Wroxham to Coltishall – £££££
Day Two Walk / Wildlife watching Ranworth & Fairhaven Gardens – ££££
Day Three Walk / Seal watching Horsey Mere and Beach – £/££ - YF
Day Four Guided boat trip / Wildlife watching Hickling Broad & Sutton - ££££
Day Five Canoe trip Wayford Bridge to Neatishead, via Barton Broad – £££ - YF
Day Six Cycle ride and Picnic Clippesby to How Hill – £/£££ - YF
Day Seven Day boat trip Ludham Bridge to Neatishead via How Hill – £££££
Day Eight Walk / Wildlife watching Salhouse & Cockshoot Broads – ££
Day Nine Canoe trip Martham to Horsey – £££
Day Ten Learn to Sail from Hunter’s Yard at Ludham - £££££
Day Eleven Walk / Boat trip Barton & Alderfen Broads – £/££ - YF
Day Twelve Cycle ride Discover the Norfolk Broads in a Day - £/££
YF - Young Family option available

A cost guide is included for each day out, ranging from lower cost (£: free or up to £15) to higher cost (£££££: £80 up to £100). These costs are based on a family of 4
undertaking all the activities suggested and are accurate as at the date of publication.

“Wherries were the workhorse cargo boats of the Broads, largely built on the riverbank without any plans!”

TOP TIPS
1. It is essential to book your sail with Hunter’s in advance, and they can be contacted on 01692 678263 or through their website www.huntersyard.co.uk
2. There is free customer parking at Hunter’s Yard
3. There are public lavatories located at Womack Water staithe and at the car park in Horning, with customer toilets at the King’s Arms in Ludham
4. While you’re in the Norfolk Broads, don’t forget to visit Bewilderwood, not far from Horning, on the A1062 towards Wroxham. Described by The Observer newspaper as ‘one of the 50 most fabulous things to do in the world’ it’s a ‘huge forest of family fun and adventure with treehouses, zip wires and jungle bridges’. Take a look at their website www.BeWILDerwood.co.uk

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