Norfolk Broads Kayaking Notes

Very incomplete random notes gradually being added to.
The notes below are personal observations and experience and do not constitute advice. The notes below may contain errors and/or be out of date.

Bargate (River Yare)

Part of “Surlingham Broad” off the River Yare. Has the “Wherry Graveyard” where lie the remans of 13 wherries – in a chained off area in SE edge of broad just north of the eastern channel from the River Yare.

Surlingham Broad is the name given to the area of narrow channels and waterways off the southern bank of the River Yare just west of Brundall.

Black Horse Broad/Hoveton Little Broad (River Bure)

Closed to navigation from 31 Oct each year (conservation reasons)

Pound End (off Black Horse Broad

Always closed to navigation.

Horsey Mere (River Thurne)

Closed to navigation 1 Nov to 1 March for wildlife conservation reasons (the Mere is a SSSI) though through this closed time navigation is permitted between the end of Meadow Dyke and Horsey Staithe (Broads Authority Winter waterbirds refuge).

Martham Broad (River Thurne)

Closed to navigation but you can pass through the “channel” to get to West Somerton. Closed for conservation reasons (it’s formall called “Martham Broad National Nature Reserve“).

North Walsham & Dilham Canal (River Ant)

£4 donation requested from canoes (& kayaks) towards maintenance & insurance – pay at “honesty box” at jetty part way up from River Ant.

Nov 2015: blocked by (deliberate looking) log right across canal around 52.783362° 1.48000002° shortly after 1st bridge travelling north from River Ant, approx. 0.85 miles north of River Ant. Looks some weedy beyond obstruction.

Ranworth Broad (River Bure)

Always closed but neighbouring Malthouse Broad is always open.

Broads Closed to Navigation

Black Horse Broad (Hoveton Little Broad) – closed from 31 Oct each year.
Cockshoot Broad – permanently closed.
Decoy Broad – always closed
Horsey Mere – closed 1 Nov to 1 March
Hoveton Great Broad – always closed
Marthan Broad – closed for conservation.
Pound End (off Black Horse Broad) – always closed
Ranworth Broad always closed for conservation reasons.

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