This itinerary is suitable for a 3 night short break and includes visits to Horning, Coltishall and South Walsham. Please note that this itinerary is only suitable for cruisers that will fit under Wroxham Bridge.
After picking up your cruiser head down the River Thurne, turn right at Thurne Mouth on to the River Bure, Past the ruins of St Benets Abbey and continue straight on until you reach the village of Horning. Moor at one of the many riverside pubs or take advantage of the free Moorings for Herbert Woods boats at Ferry Marina (watch out for Harry the Heron). wander into town and enjoy a drink overlooking the river. If you don't fancy cooking on board the Bure River Cottage is an excellent choice, booking is advised.
On leaving Horning Continue up the Bure Calling into Wroxham Broad on the way. Stop for lunch in Wroxham and take a visit to Wroxham Miniature Worlds or Wroxham Barns. Stock up on any supplies at Roys before continuing under the bridge (remember to use the bridge pilot) to Coltishall. Mooring at the village green and enjoy a game of football or rounders before the sun goes down. Head to The Kings Head for delicious local food.
Leave Coltishall and retrace for way back down the Bure. Pass through Wroxham and Horning stopping, if required, for picnic supplies before making your way to Ranworth Broad for lunch. If possible moor at the staithe and visit the NWT visitor centre, or climb the spiral Staircase to the top of the church for spectacular view of the Broads. Alternatively drop your mud weight and enjoy lunch on board. After leaving Ranworth make the short trip around to South Walsham Broad for your final night moorings. From the moorings it is a short 20 minutes walk to The Ship which has a good selection of real ales and serves excellent food.
In the morning turn right out of South Walsham Broad re-joining the River Bure. At Thurne Mouth turn left onto the River Thurne and continue past Thurne drainage Mill and past the riverside cottages until you arrive back at Herbert Woods. Cruising time from South Walsham to Potter Heigham 1.5hr.