Your Choice of Destinations
Spark of Light operates within a 6-hour cruise time of Potter Heigham, the itinerary is flexible so you can choose from any of the following destinations and take your time exploring the Broads. Your skipper will be more than happy to wait if you wish to disembark to stretch your legs or take on refreshments. Please note it is not possible to visit all of the destinations below in a single trip.
Ludham & Womack Water
Just a 20 minute cruise from Potter Heigham the thatched village of Ludham sits on the banks of Womack Water. On the way you will pass by Hunters yard and Norfolk Wherry Trust where you may catch a glimpse of Hunters fleet of wooden 1930’s sailing yachts and the ‘Black Sailed Trader’ Wherry Albion.
At the staithe you will find two shops including a gift shop selling drinks and ice creams. A short walk from the staithe the village is home to the Kings Arms pub, Alfresco Tea Rooms, Throwers convenience store and Ludham butchers.
Home to one of the most photographed drainage mills on the Broads, Thurne is a popular destination for boaters due to its ample moorings. The mill is open to the public on selected dates throughout the year click here or you can enjoy a meal at the Lion Inn or browse the gift shop.
St Benet’s Abbey
Visit the ruins of this Anglo Saxon monastery, although the only buildings that remain are the gatehouse and wind pump it is still possible to see how the site was laid out and interpretation boards help tell the story of its interesting past.
South Walsham Broad & Fairhaven Gardens
South Walsham Broad is split in to two Broads the outer Broad which is a accessible to the public and the private inner Broad surrounding Fairhaven. From the moorings at fleet dyke it is a 30 minutes walk into the village where will find The Ship Inn serving excellent home cooked food, the church of St Mary and the church of St Lawrence. Explore the footpaths at Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden and stop for coffee and cake at Kingfisher Tea Rooms.
Malthouse Broad & Ranworth
Ranworth at the edge of Malthouse Broad is a great place to visit, climb the tower at St Helens Church for panoramic views of the Broads, visit the Norfolk Wildlife Trusts Visitor Centre or enjoy a meal overlooking the water at Granery Stores or the Maltsters.
Journey up the River Ant to How Hill, although the Edwardian House is not open to the public you can still enjoy the wonderful views and explore the rest of the estate. Wander the nature trail, explore the secret garden or visit the Toad Hall cottage where you can see how marshmen lived in Victorian times. There is also lovely tea room open from May to October.
The small village of Upton is home to The White Horse a traditional family and dog friendly pub owned by the community. They serve a great selection of home cooked local food and real ales. Next door you will also find the community shop selling deli items, baked goods from the local craft bakery and bottle beers and ciders all produced within a five mile radius. From there moorings there is a lovely circular walk which takes in the countryside surrounding the village.
The small market town of Acle can easily be accessed by footpath from the moorings at Acle Bridge. Here you will find takeaway restaurants and a pub. The Bridge Inn serving home cooked food or if you fancy something a little different why not try Pedros Mexican cuisine.
Over looking the river Bure, the quiet village of Stokesby is home to The Ferry Inn a lovely country pub with beer garden overlooking the river. You will also find Riverside tea room and stores, serving light lunches and cream teas.