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14 Explore the Broads


Bitterns, wherries and the Waveney valley


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he Bittern, Wherry and East Suff olk Lines can make more places accessible for walking, especially the wonderful expanses of grazing


marshes, and you can really see how the landscape changes as you travel. The Bittern Line goes north from Norwich to Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast, and the Wherry Lines go east to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft (see the map on page 4). The bitternline.com, wherrylines.com and


eastsuff olklines.co.uk sites have lots of walks and places to visit from stations (some may require a walk to reach them), with links to greateranglia.co.uk for timetables and tickets. Please check timetables very carefully, as service times vary throughout the day and may change. Fares may also change.


Bittern Line Explore Norwich, the City of Stories, then escape to the country for canoeing at Salhouse (see page 17) and all kinds of boating activities at Hoveton & Wroxham, including Broads National Park boat trips (see page 6). The line goes on to Worstead – home of worsted cloth, woven in the village during the Middle Ages – and then heads out of the Broads towards the North Norfolk coast. visitnorwich.co.uk salhousebroad.org.uk VisitTheBroads.co.uk/information-centres worsteadparishcouncil.norfolkparishes.gov.uk


Polkey's Mill


Wherry Lines – Great Yarmouth There are two main branches, with the line dividing at Brundall, where you can visit Brundall Church Fen and Strumpshaw Fen. On the direct Great Yarmouth line you can get on to the Weavers’ Way long- distance route at Acle and as well as the beach at Great Yarmouth, you can discover Time and Tide Museum, and fi nd out about links with the Broads, along with the history of herring fi shing and seaside holidays. The alternative route goes via Reedham, from where you can walk east on the Wherryman’s


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mall boats and ferries are part of the history of the Broads – they were essential for getting people and goods around.


Ferries Burgh St Peter – ferry across the River Waveney to Carlton Marshes 01502 677343 (enquiries) or 07500 571232 (on demand service), waveneyrivercentre.co.uk E6 Horning – from Ferry Road, cross the River Bure to Ranworth/Woodbastwick/Salhouse area 07393 458682 horningfootferry.co.uk C3 Reedham – vehicle chain ferry across the River Yare to Loddon/Chedgrave 01493 700429 reedhamferry.co.uk D5 Salhouse Broad – ferry to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail 01603 722775 or for same day bookings 07795 145475 salhousebroad.org.uk B3


Trips on small boats Beccles – trips along the River Waveney between Beccles Lido and Geldeston 07532 072761 bigdogferry.co.uk D7 Hickling Broad – wildlife boat trips 01692 598276 norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk D2 Horsey Staithe – wildlife boat trips: book the day before by emailing ross@wildlife-boat-trips.co.uk or text 07791 526440; on the day, text before 9.30am or book at departure point E2 Hoveton/Wroxham – Ra – see page 6 B2 How Hill, Ludham – Electric Eel – see page 6 C2 Ranworth – Liana – see page 5 C3 Ranworth Broad – wildlife boat trips 01603 270479 norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk C3 Rollesby Broad – trips from The Waterside 01493 740531 thewatersiderollesby.co.uk E3 South Walsham – trips from Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden – see page 31 C3


Wherry Lines – Lowestoft Buckenham is also close to Strumpshaw Fen and at Haddiscoe you can explore Haddiscoe Island, one of the remotest parts of the Broads. At Somerleyton, visit the historic hall and gardens (see page 31) or continue to Oulton Broad to visit Carlton Marshes (see page 32) or head to the beach at Lowestoft. norfolk.gov.uk/trails (Haddiscoe) somerleyton.co.uk suffolkwildlifetrust.org thesuffolkcoast.co.uk


Way across beautiful marshes to Polkey’s Mill. The line continues to Berney Arms, a tiny, request-stop station. Take in the immense views of Halvergate Marshes as you follow the River Yare. rspb.org.uk/reserves norfolk.gov.uk/trails museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/windmills berneyarms.co.uk


East Suffolk Lines Explore Beccles, with its historic buildings, lido and boat trip (see below and pages 19 and 36). visitbeccles.co.uk


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Reedham ferry


Stalham – trips on a Victorian steam launch and an electric replica Edwardian launch 01692 581681 museumofthebroads.org.uk C1


VisitTheBroads.co.uk/boat-trips


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