Our centre is based in Wroxham which has always been classed as the heart of broadland,
this makes the perfect start for a voyage exploring the river Bure.
We have parking at our site in Wroxham. We are located approximately a 5-10 minute
walk from Wroxham railway station, the nearest bus stop is located outside MacDonald’s.
The nearest public toilets can be found in the entrance to the MacDonald’s store.
Wroxham is the perfect starting point for the first timer, easy access into the water
with our trained staff at hand to assist you. Horning or Coltishal provide ideal
destinations offering traditional thatched cottages, Windmills and the day to day
goings on of the river.
8am - 4pm, 7 days a week
Please note that all canoes must be back by 4pm.
Flora and fauna: Kingfisher, otter, various wildfowl, black swans
Landmarks: (turning left out of Barnes Brinkcraft heading down the river Bure) Wroxham
Bridge, Wroxham Broad, Salhouse nature reserve, Salhouse Broad with its sandy shore-line,
Horning, Swan Inn, The New Inn, Cockshoot Broad and nature trail, Ranworth Broad,
Ranworth Church and visitor information centre, The Maltster Village Pub. (turning
right heading up the river Bure) Bridge Broad, K-Meadow, Coltishall Village Green,
The Rising Sun PH, The Kings Head PH.
One hour paddle
Leave the hustle and bustle of Wroxham behind by turning left out onto the river
Bure enjoying the traditional thatched cottages. After about 20 minutes you will
come to Wroxham Broad with its sailing club. This will give you just enough time
to turn around and head back to base of Barnes Brinkcraft.
Three hour paddle
Leaving the Boat yard of Barnes Brinkcraft with your picnic safely stowed away in
your canoe, take a right out onto the main river heading towards the village of Coltishall
passing under Wroxham Bridge and up onto Bridge Broad. This is a lovely stretch of
the river Bure, it is often very quiet due to the fact that not a lot of the holiday
cruisers can pass under the low bridge at Wroxham. There are often lots of kingfishers
to be seen whilst enjoying your voyage- try and beat my Wroxham to coltishall record
of 8 in one trip! There is an ideal picnic spot at k-meadow. With a shallow sandy
edge it makes an ideal spot to stop and take a well deserved rest before enjoying
the rest of your hire.
Six hour paddle
Leaving the boatyard turn left onto the river Bure, head down towards the village
of Horning passing the busy sailing club on Wroxham Broad before stopping off at
the nature trail at Hoveton Great Broad. This offers a perfect place to moor the
canoes and stretch your legs and take in some of the hidden secrets the Broads has
to offer. For lunch I would suggest that you paddle over to the edge of Salhouse
Broad with its safe sandy shore line moor your canoe and maybe mention to the Ranger
that you are leaving it there. If you then follow the track it will take you to the
Woodfordes Brewery and the Fur And Feathers Public House, or The Bell Inn offering
traditional home cooking and good honest beer!
If you feel like paddling after that big lunch then hop back in and paddle off the
Broad to the right and head towards the village of Horning. Horning has some lovely
traditional properties and busy public houses. At this point it might be an idea
to start thinking about heading home, remember to keep close to the edge as this
is a busy stretch of the river.