Salhouse Broad is situated between Wroxham and Horning on the River Bure.
The car park is found at the Woodbastwick end of Salhouse village, on Lower Street.
Access to the Broad is down a ¼ mile woodland path (an approximate 10 minute walk).
Public toilets and bins are available in the car park.
The canoe hire is based on the edge of the Broad, at the beach area. Turn left at
the end of the woodland path and follow the edge of the water.
Salhouse Broad is the perfect place to try canoeing for the first time. The sheltered
Broad has peaceful old wherry cut to explore, why not try our 1 hour for £10 option?
For those who wish to travel a bit further, destinations Horning or Ranworth are
easily reachable within the 3 and 6 hour hire options.
The River Bure can be busy at the height of the season but it is certainly a worth
while paddle. Alder carr woodland and marshland surrounding the area are home to
abundant specialist wildlife including reed warbler, swallowtail butterfly, Norfolk
hawker, marsh harrier and many others.
Easter- end of October
10am- 7pm, 7 days a week
Please note: 7pm is the time that the last canoe must arrive back. As the nights
draw in, the closing time may be a bit earlier.
Flora & Fauna: Yellow flag, silver birch, alder, Heron, Black swan, Kingfisher, Painted
lady butterfly, Great crested grebe, Orange tip butterfly.
Stay on Salhouse Broad and paddle as far as you can down the old wherry cut, find
the gun boat dating back to WWI, explore hidden corners that you can only get to
by canoe. Look out for kingfishers and other birds that like to hide away from the
noise of a busy summer day...
Three hour paddle
Practise your steering as you paddle across Salhouse Broad and turn right out onto
the river Bure. Watch out for the low flying Kingfisher on the quiet stretches round
the first two corners. Surrounded by alder carr, a mixture of willow, dog rose and
great willow herb, the landscape will change as you approach Horning, the banks becoming
marshy with tall reeds obscuring your low view point. Look out for small warblers
amongst the reeds. On your left you will see Dydall’s (Dydler’s) Mill, an old tower
mill used for drainage.
Just before Horning there is an entrance to a privately owned Broad known as Blackhorse
Broad – definitely worth a visit either for a picnic or an explore if you have the
time. Paddling on to Horning, feel free to window shop along the next stretch where
there are numerous beautiful riverside residences. As you arrive at Horning, straight
ahead of you will see the Southern Comfort, a lovely Mississippi trip boat and the
You can either pull up here to stop at the pub for refreshments or a spot of lunch,
or keep going round the meander to the right to find the New Inn, where you can stop
instead. If you would prefer to keep going, then keep paddling through Horning towards
Cockshoot Dyke (boardwalk and area appropriate for picnicking). These pubs are a
good halfway point for the three hour paddling, leaving plenty of time to stop and
relax before returning to Salhouse.
Six hour paddle
Keep going through Horning, perhaps stop for a walk around Cockshoot board walk (either
from Woodbastwick Staithe or Cockshoot Dyke) or press on to Ranworth. Follow the
meandering river and pass the moorings for St. Benedict’s Church on the left. After
a while there is a turning on the right which is sign posted ‘Ranworth’ – go down
As you enter Malthouse Broad, you will see to your right the Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Conservation Centre and Ranworth Broad (not accessible to boats). Head straight across
Malthouse Broad towards the Ranworth Staithe moorings. There is a small dinghy-dyke
where you can leave the canoe whilst at Ranworth. There is plenty to see in this
picturesque broad-side village. Visit the Broads Tourist Information Centre for details
about the area, Granary Shop for an icecream or snacks, the Maltsters Pub for refreshments,
NWT board walk and Conservation Centre and St. Helen’s Church for possibly the best
view in Norfolk. After the 89 uneven steps, two ladders and one trapdoor you’ll need
a cup of tea, so nip into the St. Helen’s visitor centre and tea room.