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Martham Boats

Valley Works, Cess road, Martham, NR29 4RF


01493 740249

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Martham Boats is situated on the River Thurne between Potter Heigham and Kendal Dyke. Whether you are an experienced canoeist or a total novice you will find this  a wonderfully fun and safe experience for people of all ages.


Our facilities include a large car park with a nominal parking fee. Snacks and soft drinks can be purchased from the Main Reception. We also have toilet facilities on site which are open during office hours.

Monday to Saturday 8am - 4:30pm

Sunday 9am - 4pm


The canoes must be returned by 4pm latest.

Flora & Fauna:

Bring your binoculars as here you will find many rare species including the beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly, Marsh Harrier, Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly, Leopard Reed Moth, the elusive Bittern, Bearded Reedlings, Coots, Snipes, Redshanks, Sedges, Reed Warblers and the Great Crested Grebe.


Landmarks: Potter Heigham: The Broads Haven Public House and The Falgate Public House, West Somerton: Lion Public House, Kendal Dyke, Horsey mill, Café, a shop and The Nelson Head Public House, Hickling: Pleasureboat Inn.

Three hour paddle


You could visit West Somerton which is a lovely small village  with a green and a dyke leading to the main river.The green has some cottages grouped around it and a footpath leads along the bank of the dyke, giving access to the boats moored further up. Also there is the ancient parish church of St. Marys which is said to be one of the best in Norfolk, partly due to its location, perched on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside and views to the coast at Winterton


Six hour paddle


You could visit Hickling which is roughly a 2 and a half hour paddling trip each way leaving you an hour to explore the typical broadland village. Hickling has a couple of family run Public Houses, a church which you are allowed to climb the tower, beautiful small cottages including thatch buildings and a nature reserve.  


New for 2011! Stand up paddle boarding, the fun new sport that is taking the country by storm. Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to explore our magical waters, keep fit, socialise, de-stress and build core strength. It works by channelling the energy created in your arms through your feet, engaging all the muscles, bones and tendons in between to give a good workout.


The cost for the Beginners Sessions (lasts approx 2 hrs) is £30 per person with all equipment provided.  One to One instruction sessions are £35 per hour. This deals with aspects of safety and getting you on a board and on the water.

Once you can demonstrate proficiency on a board, you'll be able to hire our equipment.


Cost of hire: £10 for 1hr,  £15 for 2hrs and £20 for 3hrs





Martham village is off the A149. If coming from the Great Yarmouth direction you need to turn right when signposted ‘ Martham’. Continue down that road until you see a signpost saying ‘Low Road’ turn left there. You’ll then come to a tight bend, follow the road round to the right. When you come to the next junction turn left onto ‘Cess Road’. Follow the road all the way to the end, you’ll come straight to our Main Reception.