DAYTRIPPING ON THE NORFOLK BROADS!
A FANTASTIC DAY OUT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY…
Picture this…a family of four, waking up one Saturday morning in their holiday caravan to a gloriously sunny Norfolk sky, wondering how to make the most of the day.
Lightbulb moment…they would hire a small boat and pootle up and down the Norfolk Broads for a few hours!
…That was us last weekend, *grin!
Norfolk Broads boat trip, here we come!
We were staying about 20 mins away so it didn’t take long to get there (‘there’ being Wroxham) and we found parking easily. We plumped for going on a boat with Broads Tours and we were certainly not disappointed.
Broads Tours offer fantastic boating options on the Norfolk Broads!
Even though there was a bit of a queue, we did not have to wait long at all. The lady who served us and booked our boat was very accommodating of the fact that we didn’t want to leave straight away. Rather wanting to pop to the shop to get some nibbles and cool drink before embarking. Boat No. 7 would be ready for us in half an hour ready for our 2 hour excursion. Whoop whoop.
Drinks purchased and life-jackets on, we boarded our vessel. We were given a thorough but quick briefing of ‘broads rules’, boating etiquette, safety on board and operational issues.
Fully briefed, we set off….at the grand old speed of 4mph! I mentioned it before, but in case you didn’t know, this is officially ‘pootle’ pace! Perfect for a glorious lazy summer family fun day.
The Norfolk Broads are simply luscious!
I feel so lucky to have grown up in Norfolk and to have had the Broads on the doorstep, so to speak. There is something so peaceful and so relaxing about being on the water. The worries of the world seem to fade away.
Broads Tours offer excellent hourly rates for day cruisers. They are rented out on a constant turnaround, first come-first served basis. During off-peak times, you can grab a boat for just an hour at £20. On the day we went, just into the peak season, the 1 hour option was not available (not that we wanted it…just letting you know!). We plumped for the 2 hour option. Perfect.
The standard boat is by no means fancy, but it’s clean and does the job. Our life-jackets were pretty new too. No manky ones like when I was a kid! he he! Bear in mind that there are no toilets onboard, so make sure you go before you get on!
Broads Tours also offer Full Day Cruisers, which are equipped with a small galley kitchen, toilet and a split sliding canopy to provide extra shade during the hot summers day (or if you happen to get caught in a good old British downpour!)
With Hubbie negotiating the slightly busier waters as we left our departure point in Wroxham, I busied myself with getting the kids covered in suncream. The sun was beating down and there was little to no shade, unless you were in the driving seat.
The smiles on the kids’ faces were unforgettable! Truly magical.
Once on the open waterways where there was not much boat traffic, so we let the kids have a go at driving. Fear not, we’d checked first if it was okay and we made sure we were by their sides at all times if they were steering.
My daughter was actually rather fantastic. She was so happy at the wheel. I think she might have driven most of the way, bless her!
The area we covered in our 2 hours was not a lot really, but it felt like a lifetime of peacefulness. Wroxham is on the River Bure and we headed East-ish towards Horning. Wroxham Broad and Salhouse Broad were en route and provide great spots for yachting or mooring up for the night.
Once we’d been pootling for an hour, we turned around to make sure we made it back in time for the end of our hire.
(We had some fun and games reversing the boat into the mooring spot back in Wroxham but we won’t go in to that now, he he!)
If you like the sound of our little adventure, you can find Broads Tours’ day boat hire info here.
If you have more time, why not rent a boat for a few days and experience sleeping on the water? Sheer bliss! Herbert Woods have some great options.
If you’re ever in Norfolk, be sure to visit the Norfolk Broads!
With over 200km of navigable waterways throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, I wonder if anyone has ever sailed the Broads in its’ entirety?
I can’t wait to go back in the Summer for another go! Maybe I’ll see you there!
Stay safe on the water…and don’t forget the suncream!