- Category: Norfolk & Suffolk
The Bure is navigable from Coltishall to GreatYarmouth – over 31-miles in all, the longest of the Broads rivers.
When cruising by boat, allow an average speed less than 4 miles-an-hour, with a maximum of 5 or 6 mph. Plan your journey in advance with overnight moorings.
If you're staying in Wroxham you may only have time to cruise to Horning or Coltishall and back for the day. Or if you are a creative organizer, book a cottage for part of your holiday, then book a boat for the rest. However sleeping-boats don’t come cheap and will cost you more than a cottage.
Heading East - Downriver
From Wroxham,the next interesting places to moor are:
- Salhouse Broad: a lovely place to stop and take a walk on its grassy bank. The Fur & Feather next to Woodfords Brewery in Woodbastwick is about 25-minutes walk from the mooring, as is The Bell at Salhouse.
- Horning, about an hour from Wroxham, runs along the bank for more than a mile, the most picturesque village on the broads. Horning has two outstanding pubs, especially The Swan with log fires (even in late-Summer evenings) and free moorings by the beer garden. About an hour from Wroxham.
- Ranworth is a pretty village situated on Malthouse Broad accessed via a dyke. The Malsters pub here has moorings close by and a nice beer garden. About 2-hours from Wroxham.
- South Walsham is another typical broadland village with The Ship Inn in its centre – about a mile from free moorings on South Walsham Broad along Fleet Dyke.
- St Benets Abbey is just downriver from where the River Ant flows into the Bure, near Ludham. A derelict wind pump and ruins of a Benedictine monastery founded in the 9th century.
- Palmer’s Hollow Post Windmill is at Upper Dyke between Acle and the junction of the Bure and Thure Rivers. The dyke is narrow, but has public moorings at the end on its left. The village of Upton is a short walk, with a post office, 14th century church, and the rustic White Horse Pub, opened in 1872.Acle is a traditional market town by the River Bure with a train station between Norwich and Yarmouth and three pubs, market day is Thursday mornings. Closest mooring is Acle Dyke, slightly further downriver from Acle Bride.
- Acle Bridge is a good place to moor for free wi fi in the Bridge Inn. Allow almost 3 ½ hours to get here from Wroxham.
- Stokesby is the last but one mooring before Great Yarmouth. Moor at the Ferry Inn which has a beautiful riverside garden and a short walk to the village.
- Stacey Arms Windmill is the last mooring before Yarmouth. Nice location but no pub!
- Great Yarmouth has two safe moorings at £10 a day – allow up to 3-hours from Acle. Yarmouth is a large seaside town with funfairs, beaches, shops and much to offer for a family. For more-nature lovers, you must pass through here to get to the Southern Broads.
Because of strong currents and tides navigate through Yarmouth with great care. Arrive around low-tide, with about 1 ¼ hours after low tide being the best time to cross Breydon Water. To do so, enter Yarmouth by passing under the two bridges keeping between the red arrows. Keep left of the yellow post approaching, then turn right after passing and cross under the right-hand span of the bridge. After the bridge keep red posts to the left and black/green posts to right along Breydon Water to avoid being grounded. Reverse this on return.
- Reedham is a great village to moor for the night with three fantastic pubs. and a railway station – to sail from here to Norwich will take you about another two-hours.
Cruising the Bure upriver from Wroxham to Coltishall:
Only smaller craft are able to pass under the tiny Wroxham Bridge.
- Wroxham Bridge, slow down and keep to the right - check the clearance as at high water it is only 7’ 3”, and make sure nothing is coming before going under. You may want to lower your canopy and windscreen, and hire boats may need the bridge pilot to take your boat through (telephone to book at busy times). Move to the far right after passing, to allow other boats to queue to pass.
- Belaugh Village is a pleasant place to moor but has no shops, only a church, just 1 ½ miles before Coltishall.
- Coltishall Common has two pubs, the Rising Sun and the Kings Head. A little further brings you to The Red Lion which is nearer the village where there is a fish & chip shop and other stores. About 1 ¼-hours from Wroxham Bridge.
- Coltishall Lock is the end of the road for most boats and has just enough room to turn round. Not much else here.
Eating out by the River
Boats are great fun to eat on or picnic, and most have a full galley. However, don't forget its great fun to have a river-side BBQ too. Take an ice box with ice and lots of beer. However, always take the BBQ out of the boat onto the river bank!