Thinking of visiting Horning? A bustling community on the north bank of the River Bure, this is a very popular tourist destination and is often described as the prettiest village on the Broads. This article puts together some helpful information for those hoping to pay this beautiful Broads village a visit.
It may be difficult to find a mooring at the height of the season. There are Free Broads Authority 24-hour moorings at Horning parish staithe and on Perci’s Island (you will need a tender to reach the village). There are also free moorings to Richardson’s customers at Horning Ferry Marina when available, and first-come-first served moorings at The Swan Inn and The Ferry Inn (£10 overnight fee at both during summer 2014, check current deals and whether refundable against food). The only guaranteed way of finding a mooring is to reserve one in advance at the New Inn (free, but you have to book a meal, call 01692 631223).
Leisure when Visiting Horning
Enjoy a stroll on Lower Street, browsing the small parade of shops, cafes and restaurants, including a post office, along the way.
A 30-minute walk from your mooring will take you to Bewilderwood, on Horning Road, a treehouse adventure park themed on the Boggles and Twiggles children’s books of Tom Blofeld. The park has become one of the most popular family attractions on the Broads, offering all the fun of tree houses, zip-wires, an imaginative ‘sky maze’, and boat rides through the marshes with story- telling.
There’s a small swimming pool on the Ferry Marina site (next to a handy laundrette if you need to catch up with dirty washing on the boat).
You could also take a river cruise on the famous Southern Comfort paddle boat (01692 630262).
Eating Out when Visiting Horning
There are excellent Tripadvisor reviews for the Bure River Cottage restaurant but plenty of choice also for the more cost-conscious visitors with The Swan Inn, Ferry Inn and New Inn all offering varied value for money menus. The Galley, a family-run deli and cafe, has also earned rave reviews from boating holidaymakers since it opened a decade ago. The deli’s Hornish pasties have proved a particular hit! If you moor up on the other side of the river (opposite the Ferry Inn) you could also walk into Woodbastwick and visit the excellent Fur and Feather Inn and neighbouring Woodforde’s brewery shop.