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Exploring Norfolk: Hiring a boat in Wroxham!

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I’ve lived in Norwich for five years now and every year I always say how I must get out and explore the Norfolk coast more! Each year, the summer runs away from me and I never end up doing any of the things I plan to. As of 2015, I’m changing that! I’m going to try to get out to as many of the different areas along the coast as possible. There’s lots to do and see – from the broads at Wroxham, to the beaches of Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Cromer and Wells.. to name a few! I’ve made a map below to highlight the areas we are planning on visiting 🙂

hiring a boat in wroxham

Hiring a boat in Wroxham

The first place I ticked off my list was Wroxham, which is only 15 minutes away by train. There’s not an awful lot to do – but it’s great for hiring a boat on the broads! We’d never hired a boat there before, but had only heard good things, so were eager to give it a go. You don’t have to book ahead, and some companies won’t allow you to anyway, but in the warmer months it’s definitely advisable if you can.

hiring a boat in wroxham

hiring a boat in wroxham

My driver for the afternoon!

We hired the boat for three hours for around £40 which was long enough for us to drive from Wroxham to Horning and back. This included a quick stop in Horning at The Ferry Inn for a drink! You can get some great rates when you hire a boat for the day, which is what I think we’ll do next time, so we can get further down the broads and see more/ stop at more pubs! The smallest boats seat four people, so if you can get more of you together, it’s another way of saving some money. If there’s enough of you, you can even opt for one of the larger boats that comes equipped with cooking facilities!

hiring a boat in wroxham

Beautiful houses along the river

hiring a boat in wroxham

hiring a boat in wroxham

….This is the life!

After our boat trip, we set off on foot to find somewhere for lunch. We read online that there was a lovely pub on the river (The King’s Head) which was a short bus ride away. After looking at the bus timetable, we realised it would be much quicker to walk. It ended up being about a 40 minute walk along country roads, surrounded by nothing but fields; lovely, but exhausting! When we arrived we were starving and unfortunately weren’t too impressed with the menu. The restaurant sits right on the river, which redeemed the experience somewhat. We took a 10 minute detour on the way back to the train station, to try and get the bus. Again, due to hours between buses, it was quicker to walk – another 40 minutes! Luckily, we managed to hop on a bus near the end of our walk, that took us straight back to Norwich and meant we didn’t have to walk anymore or wait around for our train! We’ll definitely be heading back to Wroxham at some point this summer, hopefully to spend a whole day on a boat 🙂

hiring a boat in wroxham

Watching the sunset over the Norfolk Broads

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