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Salhouse Broad

Car Park:

Lower Street


NR13 6RX


01603 722775   &   07795 145475

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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.


Landmarks: Dydall’s Mill, Blackhorse Broad, Swan Inn, New Inn, Cockshoot Nature Trail, Malthouse Broad, Ranworth board walk, St. Helen’s Church, Maltsters Pub

One hour paddle


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 Swan Inn.


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 there…


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.