This itinerary is suitable for a 4 night short break and includes visits to South Walsham, Salhouse and Barton Broad.
Turn right out of Herbert Woods and head down the River Thurne past Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill. At Thurne Mouth turn right onto the River Bure and travel up stream until you reach St Benet's Abbey, where you can stop and visit the ruins.
On leaving St Benet's turn left immediately on to Fleet Dyke and continue to South Walsham Broad where you can moor for the evening. The Ship in South Walsham is a short walk from Fleet Dyke.
Before leaving South Walsham you may like to pay a visit to Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden and explore the rich wildlife and eclectic mix of native and cultivated plants.
On leaving Fleet Dyke turn left to re-Join the River Bure, travelling upstream until you reach Ranworth Broad on your left. There are free moorings at the Staithe where you can walk into the village, go to the top of the church tower or access one of the many nature trails.
After Lunch continue along the River Bure past the village of Horning until you reach Salhouse Broad, your second nights mooring. Spend the afternoon exploring the Broad by bike or canoe or take the short walk to Woodfordes for a Brewery Tour whatever you do be sure to look out for the ice cream boat!
On leaving Salhouse Broad turn right onto the River Bure travelling downstream this time, if you need to pick up any supplies make a quick stop in Horning, before continuing on the River Bure. Just before St Benet's Abbey turn left on to the River Ant, pass under Ludham Bridge and continue upstream to Barton Broad. Use your mud weight and moor up in the middle of the Broad for a leisurely lunch before making your way back downstream. Stop off at How Hill to discover the unique environment of the Broads.
Depending on how early you want to start on Day 4 you could moor for the night. It is approximately 2 hours from How Hill back to Herbert Woods. Alternatively continue downstream following the route back to Potter Heigham, to moorings at Womack Water, where you are able to walk into Ludham Village where you can visit St Catherine's church. The village is also home to an excellent Deli at Throwers and the Kings Arms Pub. Womack water is approximately 40 minutes from Herbert Woods.
On leaving your mooring continue downstream, re-joining the River Bure and turning left at Thurne Mouth to return to Potter Heigham.