Offering self drive day launches and canoes

Experience the wonderful waterways of the Norfolk Broads onboard one of our self drive day boats or canoes

        Fishing boats also available  

01692 581653

The Norfolk Broads are a magical, lock free waterway with an abundance of wildlife, great scenery and picturesque towns and villages.  There really is no better way to experience the area than onboard one of our self drive day boats or canoes which can be hired for half or full days.
  1. Great Location
    Based at Sutton Staithe Boatyard just a short cruise from Barton Broad, where it is rumoured that Nelson learned to sail. Ideally located to explore the stunning River Ant and surrounding villages.
  2. Expert Tuition
    Never driven a boat before, no problem - our team of highly experienced boat handlers will teach you the ropes and give you expert advice on the rules of the river.
  3. Safety First
    We take your safety very seriously so you will be given a safety briefing and fitted with buoyancy aids before setting off on your trip.
Our boats and canoes are conveniently based at Sutton Staithe Boatyard which is easily accessible and signposted from the A149 (between Wroxham and Potter Heigham).  There is ample free parking and the yard is situated next to the Sutton Staithe Hotel which offers food and drinks all year round.

Sutton is situated on the River Ant.  The river flows downstream to Barton Broad (where it is believed that Nelson learned to sail), How Hill (stop off and step back in time when you visit the Victorian Toad Hole Cottage, depicting life as an eel catcher) and Ludham Bridge, through some of the most beautiful Norfolk Broads scenery.  For longer cruises take a trip to Malthouse Broad (just off the River Bure) and stop off in the pretty village of Ranworth, have a bite to eat in the pub or cafe, then take a short walk to the St Helen's church where you can work off the calories and climb the 89 steps and 2 ladders to the top of the church tower to take in the wonderful views of the River Bure and 5 broads.  Go in a completely different direction and you will find the medieval arched bridge at Potter Heigham. Believed to date from 1385 the bridge is famous for being the most difficult to navigate on the Broads but don't worry, it is relatively easy in a day boat!
Relax and experience
There really is quite simply nothing like messing about on the river. The Norfolk Broads is a truly unique area with such a wide variety of wildlife and amazing scenery that there really is only one way to experience it and that is by boat!
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Norfolk Broads is the largest protected area of wetland with rivers leading to large open shallow broads, surrounded by marshes and reed beds.  
Stop for lunch at a riverside pub or restaurant, take a picnic onboard and moor up at a remote location whilst watching the world go by.  You might even spot an ice cream boat or two - simply wave them down and they will serve you whilst on the water.  As well as popular Broadland destinations such as Horning and Wroxham, smaller Broadland villages such as Hickling, Dilham and Barton Turf offer tranquillity, beauty and stunning waterside views.
And as the seasons change so does the Broads - even in the colder months the scenery can be spectacular so wrap up warm and experience a different trip.  
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