The Norfolk Broads

Fri 14th June – Sun 16th June 2019

Palace 2

The Broads

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads consists of approximately 125 miles of lock free, navigable waterways. The longest direct cruising route is 57 ¾ miles and is Norwich to Coltishall.

We will twist our way through the Rivers Thune, Ant, and Bure, pass quaint villages and country pubs along the way and simply relax outside a picturesque riverside pub.

Broads Map

Broads Boat

The Boats

The boats are a fleet of traditional gaff rig cruising yachts with excellent sailing qualities and accommodation to match. Each boat sleeps between three to five people with headroom of 6 feet when the side lift hinged roof is raised. The boats have warm air heating, hot water, shower, CD/radio, and a spacious cockpit. The galley comprises a hob, oven and grill along with an Isotherm fridge. All crockery and bed linen (sleeping bags) are provided.


Our trip starts Thursday evening when we pick up our boats at Martham (on the River Thune, close to Potter Heigham) and settle into our berths. Martham Boats can pick people up from Acle Train Station during business hours.

After our groceries are delivered, we can walk to the local pubs in Martham (about a mile walk) or head down the river path towards Potter Heigham for our evening meal. The next morning, we’ll do the official boat handover, and then head out towards Hickling. There tends to be less boats that far out and it will be an ideal place to get used to handling the small yachts. We will have sandwiches while cruising around the lake and then will sail past Martham, heading inland towards the River Ant. We’ll continue past Ludham Bridge to Sutton Staithe Hotel for dinner, where they have a wide selection of local Norfolk ales.

Broads Boat Inside

Potter Heigham Old Bridge © Caroline Flatt

Potter Heigham Old Bridge © Caroline Flatt


Saturday morning, we will cast off from Sutton and head south. Depending on the tides and the time we have, we can wander towards Wroxham for lunch, before turning around and heading south towards Great Yarmouth. We’ll moor up at Acle, having our final evening meal at the Bridge Inn.

Sunday morning, we’ll head back to Martham to check the boats in, giving us the afternoon to return to where we came from.

Important Trip Information
The Norfolk Broads

Embarkation: 2000 on Thursday 13th June 2019

Set sail: 1000 on Friday 14th June

Arrival Back in Martham: 1700 on Sunday 16th June

Disembark: 0900 on 1700 on Sunday 16th June

The closest train station is Acle. Martham Boats can pick people up if they arrive by 4pm. Otherwise, taxis are available.

The member price of the trip for the yacht charter is £150

Not included in the event price are transportation to the Broads, meals ashore, food on the boat, diesel beyond 1 tank of fuel, water, mooring fees, and any personal expenditure.

The Club’s standard terms and conditions apply. Full details can be found here but in summary:

  • Paying your deposit commits you to the trip and to paying all payments as and when required.
  • If you withdraw from an event you are still liable for the full cost unless a replacement participant is found.
  • If a replacement is found there will be an admin charge made for the change of participant.
  • You agree to bear the shared cost of any security deposit loss levied by the charter company for damages.
    The full cost of the deposit is £35.

Do not book transport until advised to do so by the event organiser.

Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount
Deposit Immediately £75
Final Payment 1 April 2019 £75
Total Cost £150


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