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4 Night Norfolk Broads Route

At Richardson’s, many of our guests opt for a 4-night break when exploring the beautiful Norfolk Broads. This length break is ideal for hitting some of the area’s beautiful villages, and we’ve put together a 4 night Norfolk Broads route to help you get the most of your holiday!

Day 1

After picking up your cruiser, cruise down the River Ant to spend your first night at How Hill. How Hill Staithe has plenty of moorings available, so moor up and enjoy an evening walk through the gardens. With beautiful views over Turf Fen Windpump, it makes for a perfect first evening.

Make sure you stock up on provisions before setting off from the marina so you can enjoy a boat-cooked meal for the first night.


Day 2

On day 2 of your 4 night Norfolk Broads route, you’ll set off from How Hill for Acle, which is around 1 hour and 30 minutes journey. In Acle, moor at the free moorings or try the Acle Bridge Inn, a family-and-dog friendly pub renowned by holidaymakers and locals alike. Moorings are free at the pub during the day and are charged at £5.00 per night (from 6pm). Reservations are not offered, so to avoid disappointment if you wish to moor close to the pub, we recommend securing a spot early in the day.

Acle itself is worth a stroll, with shops in the village for stocking up on provisions as well as Scooters café, which is praised for its generously-sized and delicious breakfasts, as well as selection of lunch menu items.

Click here to explore what to do when visiting Acle.

Day 3

Photo by James Bass

On day 3, it’s a leisurely 1 hour 15-minute cruise to Potter Heigham, a popular Broadside village. Moor at Herbert Woods for free, where showers and pump outs are available, or along the riverbank. In Potter Heigham, you’ll find the famous Lathams Discount Store which features a garden shop, clothing, food and bargains galore. St Nicholas Church is nearby, perfect for experiencing some local heritage.

For a bite to eat, Lathams features a Flour and Bean Café, or nearby is BridgeStones of Potter on Bridge road, offering breakfasts, lunches, and cream tea. If it’s pub-grub you’re after, try the Falgate Inn.

Day 4

On day 4, depart Potter Heigham to head back north towards Stalham ready to hand the boat back at 9.00am the following day.

We recommend visiting Ludham Bridge, which has plenty of free moorings. Here, you’ll find some shops as well as The Dog at Ludham Bridge, a naturally dog-friendly pub. Serving a range of locally sourced and freshly prepared meals, the pub also has a selection of feature ales on offer. Family-friendly as well, the Dog has several dining rooms plus an outdoor play area – ideal for your final evening meal.

Day 5

Leave Ludham Bridge by 7.30am for the 1 hour 30 minute cruise back to the marina, ready to drop your cruiser off at 9:00am.