Sutton Staithe Boatyard is situated on the A149 between Stalham and Potter Heigham.
There is ample free car parking along side the boatyard, and there is also The Sutton
Staithe hotel, just a few yards away, so after a relaxing day on the water a pleasant
evening in the pub could be just the thing you’re looking for.
Sutton Staithe is at the end of Sutton Broad, one of the most important wet land
sites for birds in northern Europe, the marshes, some 600 acres, to the south of
the broad are now owned by The RSPB.
8.30am- 5.30pm, Mon to Fri all year round, and Sat 9am-4pm in the Summer, and Sundays
in the school holidays
Please note: Last canoe back Mon-Fri 5.30pm, Sat (Sundays during holidays) 4pm.
Flora & Fauna: Kingfishers, herons (or as their known locally “Harnsers”), Ducks,
Geese, reed warbler, swallowtail butterfly, Norfolk hawker, marsh harrier, Swans
and even Bitterns. Otters have also made some thing of a come back in and around
Sutton Broad & Barton Broad, and can often be seen playing in the water as only otters
Landmarks: How Hill Nature Reserve, Toad Hole Museum, Honing Canal, Sutton Broad,
Neaves Mill, Ludham Bridge, Reedham Marsh, River Ant
Three hour paddle
The waters around this part of the Broads are very slow flowing, so make an ideal
place to start your journey from. The River Ant is at the end of Sutton Broad where
you have a choice of directions, head north up the Ant to Wayford and beyond up the
now closed (to all power craft) Honing Canal, or to the end of navigation at Dilham.
Or head south towards the open waters of Barton Broad, where sailing races are held
on a regular basis in the summer. It takes about an hour to get to the middle of
Barton Broad. In three hours it is possible to get to Neatishead or Dilham and back.
Six hour paddle
To the south of Barton the river Ant continues on its slow and winding way down to
the Bure, passing on its way How Hill, the large Edwardian house now houses the Norfolk
Broads Study Centre, How Hill Nature Reserve is open to the public and is well worth
a look, also at How Hill is the “Toad Hole Museum”, a former marshman`s cottage.
In six hours, it is possible to get to the Ant mouth and back.