Local Information

Our Norfolk Broads Cottages are situated between the villages of Horning and Ludham.

HORNING VILLAGE is situated on the River Bure, has a range of shops, including a Newsagents, which is licensed and also does the lottery. A local butchers, Post Office, Deli, tea rooms and gift shops. There are also several pubs in the village, most of which will open all day during the season. For more information on Horning Village visit http://www.horningnorfolk.org.uk/

LUDHAM VILLAGE has a small supermarket, a very good local butcher (open unil 7pm on fri), garage and a hairdresser. The Kings Arms pub, situated in the centre of the village, has an extensive menu. There is a small Tea Room, Alfresco’s for lighter snacks.

There is a small General Store within walking distance of the cottages, on Ludham Bridge for newspapers and groceries. Opening hours 8.00 am to 5.00 pm (in season). There is a petrol station in the village too.

If you would prefer to do your grocery shopping on-line, you have a choice of Tesco, Asda, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s. We do ask that you try and get an afternoon delivery.

Below is a list of nearby venues that have been recommended by previous visitors:

The Kings Arms, Ludham: Lovely family restaurant, with a play area outside. With an extensive menu and carvery, you will find something for everyone. Book a table on 01692 678386

Wayfarers Cafe*, Ludham Bridge within walking distance: honest, basic good food and reasonably priced, take away available.   Tel: 01692 630322.

The Fur & Feathers, Woodbastwick: Real Food & Real Ales, food made from scratch from the chips, pastry and pies.  Tel: 01603 720003

The New Inn, Horning – 2 miles: lovely food and great atmosphere, Tel: 01692 631223

Recruiting Sergeant, Horstead- Award winning pub, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Tel: 01603 737077

The Crown, Catfield – 5 miles: good food at a reasonable price. Tel: 01692 580128

The Ferry Inn, Horning 2 miles: carvery plus alternative menu in pub by the river: Good area for children. Tel: 01692 630259

Bure River Cottage Restaurant, Horning – 2.5 miles: For that Special Occasion! Booking essential:   Tel:01692 630915

McDonalds, Wroxham 5 miles: attached to Roys: open until 9 pm every night

Ban Thai Restaurant, Wroxham 5 miles: pleasant atmosphere. Tel: 01603 781133

The Dog Inn, Ludham Bridge – again within walking distance: good pub food and beer at affordable prices. Tel: 01692 630321

The Smokehouse, Wroxham Station: 5 miles, lovely food, good selection of gin!!

The Kings Head Hotel, Wroxham 5 miles: Carvery and extensive menu. Tel: 01603 782429

The Hotel Wroxham, Wroxham 5 miles: Dining by the river! Tel: 01603 782061

The Brick Kilns*, Little Plumsted – 9 miles: well worth the drive! Tel:  01603 720043

Fishermans Return, Winterton-on-Sea: After a lovely walk on Winterton Beach, you have to stop here. This dog friendly pub is a favourite to both locals and visitors to the area. All meals are prepared to a very high standard, using local produce where possible. Tel: 01493 393305

Swan Inn, Ingham: Amazing food with local chef Daniel Smith who offers a very extensive menu with daily specials available.     Tel: 01692 581099

All Abroad: 6 seater taxi, short or long distance Tel: 01692 670058 / 07754 327 388

Feline Travel: Minibus, Mini Coach and Taxi Hire Tel: 01692 584987 or visitwww.felinetravel.com

Richardsons, Fineway Leisure is situated in Wroxham behind Roys DIY, you can hire day boats ALL YEAR ROUND.  01603 782309

Richardson’s Self Drive Day boats situated in Wroxham 01603 782 309 or Stalham 01692 580288

Hunters Boat Yard is located in Ludham, you can hire half-deckers by the day. 01692 678 263

Ferry Marina is located in Horning, they have a range of boats to suit most budgets and requirements. Life jackets and fuel are included in the price and you will be given tuition and route advice before setting off on your adventure.
Kingline, there is a wheelchair friendly day boat available, it is best to book in advance. 01692 630297

The Southern Comfort, Mississippi River Boat : moors next to the Swan Inn, and runs luxury river trips at various times. It has a small bar if you enjoy a Pimms or a cup of tea. You can sit back and relax and watch the world go round.

How Hill – Electric Eel

A  trail by electric boat, along dykes fringed with plants.  The trip lasts 50 minutes, including a short walk to a bird hide. Booking essential. The boat takes six people and has a roof but the sides are open. In summer and autumn you might find insect repellent helpful. The boat trip is not suitable for children under two years of age. Bookings made at Toad Hall Cottage. Tel 01603 756096

Hoveton – Edwardian luxury on Liana

Take a trip on the Edwardian Boat Liana and travel along the River Bure towards the village of Colitshall. Bookings Hoveton Broads Information Centre. Tel 01603 756097

Ross’ – Horsey Staithe

One hour widelife boat trips aboard the Lady Ann. A classic wooden boat is perfect for viewing the unique wildlife. Well behaved dogs are welcome!!! 01692 598135

Broadland Cycle Hire, at Bewilderwood near Horning 07887 480 331

Ludham Bridge Boat Services: 01692 630486

Sutton Staithe Boat Yard: 01692 581653

Free Spirit Canoe Tours

Chris Toothill is a B.C.U. qualified canoe and kayak instructor. He has many years experience and has kayaked competitively as well as taking part in expeditions around the world.  Offering tailor made canoe tours and instruction for small groups in the Broadland area.

If you want to get close to wildlife, experience the peace and tranquillity of the Broads or just see Norfolk from a different viewpoint then a canoe is the way to travel.

No experience necessary and all safety equipment provided. All you need to bring is a change of clothes, a waterproof and old footwear, plus a drink and snacks.

Half -day trips (3 hours)

  • £30 per person

Evenings ( May to September ) Approx. 2 hours 

  • £15 per person (2 or more people)
  • £25 for one person

Taster Sessions

  • 1 Hour £10 per person  (2 or more people)
  • £15 for one person

Full Day Trips (by arrangement)

  • Family or group (4 persons)  £100  half-day, £45 evenings

Advance booking required. Call 01603 211606.

This is just a taster as to what the Norfolk Broads can offer you – for more information and reviews you can click through to the official visitor websites for The Broads and for Norfolk by clicking the links below!

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