Norfolk Broads Boat Hire – Visiting How Hill
While taking a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads a stop at How Hill is well worthwhile. There is a lot to see and do including exploring wet woodlands, taking a look inside a marsh man’s cottage and wildlife spotting in its very own Broad. There is plenty of open space too meaning everyone can stretch their legs and maybe even take part in a game of football!
Toad Hall Cottage Museum at How Hill is open from April-October. It gives you a wonderful look at what a marshman’s life was like in Victorian times.
Rooms are laid out how they would have been and there is also a whole room full of tools of the trade.
The cottage also houses the information centre and sells maps, guides, confectionery and gifts. As well as this there is a touch screen that tells you all about How Hill, and a wonderful wildlife walking trail where you may catch a glimpse of the Swallowtail butterfly.
There is about 300m of easy access paths from the main How Hill staithe along the river which give you wonderful views of Boardman’s Mill and Claryrack Mill.
You can also see Turn Fen Mill on the opposite side of the river. A circular walk around How Hill takes you past Buttle Marsh which attracts bittens as well as marsh harriers.
How Hill also has a secret garden which is open when the tea rooms are (end of May-September at weekends – charge applies). The How Hill House itself also has some beautiful gardens which are open at varying times.
How Hill House is not open to the public but is a sight to behold from the outside. It is a thatched mansion that was built by Edward Thomas Boardman in 1904 as his family home. How Hill Trust now runs a study centre here which has day and residential visits by over 2,000 children every year.
Even if you have visited How Hill by boat you may wish to take part in their
Electric Eel Wildlife Water Trail which stops at a bird hide overlooking Reedham water. For more details on this as well as more infomation on How Hill’s history visit Howhilltrust.org.uk.