A perfect intinary for a four day trip on the Norfolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads is perfect for a nice relaxing break and a four day trip on the Norfolk Broads starting at Wroxham is ideal. It can be a bit confusing if you have never been before but there is so much to explore.
This is the intinary we took for 4 days with no rushing. For tips on booking your trip take a look at booking a trip on the Norfolk Broads here.
From picking up our boat in Wroxham we decided to head on down to Horning for our first overnight stay. Horning is a pretty little town approximately an hour and a quarter away by boat with plenty of moorings.
There are many pubs to choose from here, the first one being the Black Swan which is nice and big serving good pub food. The black Swan is dog friendly and your furry friends are allowed inside on the hard floor areas. Set right on the riverside with many picnic tables you feel like you are in another pretty little world. Please do bear in mind some pubs get busy so it is advisable to book especially in the summer months.
There is a post office in Horning as well as a pretty tea room and a few gift shops too. For the keen fishermen there is also an angling shop just down the road.
We soon had the hang of mooring with Owen jumping off of the boat to pull us in. I could not believe we were in charge of this floating home it was so much fun.
It was pretty quiet here and we had no trouble sleeping on our boat but we were up early and off to our next destination first thing.
Arriving at Ludham you pass under the bridge just before mooring up. Ludham is a great place to stop, there is a large cafe and a shop right on the corner.
In Ludham the local pub is The Dog Inn and is a wonderful dog friendly pub, it serves great food and has a large beer garden with play facilities for the children. We had a lovely lunch here and Dolly sat very well behaved under the table before walking to St Benets Abbey.
This is a nice quiet dog walk and St Benets Abbey is such a beautiful and historic site.
St Benets is an old medieval monastery and much of what survives today is ruins. A mill stands on the site and holds up what is left of the Abbey. You can moor up at St Benets Abbey just Before Ludham but don’t worry if you miss it as the walk only takes about 30 mins along the path.
Just outside the front of the moorings in Ludham is Chandlers yard a mix of tiny shed shops. Antiques and books are on offer put please be aware that some may not be open as it is a very relaxed atmosphere.
Perhaps my favourite little shed was the book shop with a key in the door and an Honesty box. I spent ages in here reading the blurb on the books and took a few home with me after putting my pound per book in the box.
Remember you are never very far
We were not very prepared with food onboard so we decided to try another pub in the evening. So leaving the boat moored up we popped by taxi back to Horning and the Ferry Inn.
The villages may be 40 minutes apart by boat when travelling just 6 miles an hour but by taxi it is about 10 minutes.
The ferry inn is a wonderful carvery with different pies as well as meat and vegetarian choices. The roast potatoes were the best I have eaten out by far! A definite treat.
The secret gardens of How Hill
The next morning after our second night on the boat we decided to pop just 20 mins down the road by boat to How Hill.
How Hill is a beautiful part of Ludham, the river Ant sweeps around to the bottom of How Hill where there are windmills on what seems every corner.
The How Hill trust look after How Hill House which used to be a holiday home to Edward Thomas Boardman. Built in 1905 and later extended in it became a permanent home with many plants and some 70,000 planted trees.
It is now used as a recreational and educational centre for children so you can not go inside but you can explore the gardens.
We had heard about the secret garden and really wanted to visit. If you are a garden or nature lover you can not miss this!
The gardener of How Hill does a fantastic job in keeping the gardens looking superb. Stream lined hedges, wisteria hidden paths and rose gardens galore.
Just beyond the gate is the hidden secret garden. Along a wooded path you will find an exquisite garden full of amazing trees such as acers and rhododendrons bushes which unfortunately were not in bloom when we visited.
Back down to the mooring we stopped by Toad Cottage showcasing the old days of living on the Broads.
This quaint cottage in original condition is a marshman’s cottage and was home for a whole family in Victorian times. See how they lived and the tools they used for working on the marshes, there is also a cottage fruit and vegetable garden and a sensory garden.
Leaving How Hill we decided to moor up at Neatishead and try a spot of pike fishing. There is a beautiful pub here called the Black Horse which is advisable to book as it can get very busy.
There are 12 Moorings at Neatishead, but it is tight and you may need to reverse in. We learnt a lot of new boating skills here, but had plenty of help from fellow boaters.
Going in to Neatsihead you cross Raw Malt House Broad this wide almost lake like area is so beautiful. It is so relaxing and on the boat especially with the roof off and the sun shining through. A big blanket, a glass of wine and a book was all I needed to cosy up in Autumn time. The boys enjoyed fishing and we had no worries of cooking with so many pubs around.
Heading on Home
After out evening in Neatishead we decided to head on back the way we came. We could of gone up to Stalham which is not far but as we are great foodies and we decided that we had missed the New inn at Horning so we booked a lunch time meal on our last day. The New Inn serves fabulous food in fact all of the pubs we could not fault. The Inn offers you a reserved mooring on arrival if you have booked a table. They also have amusements for the kids and a huge outside eating area where dogs are welcome.
Heading back to Wroxham was our last jaunt and you are spoilt for choice here also. With many shops, restaurants and pubs you will have lots to explore.
We covered only a small snippet of what was on offer on our trip on the Norfolk Broads so we are determined to go back.
It really is a beautiful and relaxing part of the country with so many lovely places to visit. Thank you for reading our four day trip on the Norfolk Broads