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Boat Hire on the Norfolk Broads gives you access to miles and miles of beautiful connected waterways. Cruise through reed marshes, meadows and woodlands and enjoy the abundant wildlife. Many rare plants excel in this protected conservation area. Some of the nature reserves and country parks offer guided walks and bird watching hides. Every turn offers a new discovery. There are no locks on the Norfolk Broads so cruising is easy. You can moor next to a riverside pub or restaurant and then stroll through picturesque villages and market towns. Or cruise into medieval Norwich city centre to explore the beautiful cathedral and shopping centre.
There are superb beaches and many family attractions close to your boat hire Norfolk Broads. During the summer months look out for regattas and other boating events which has become a way of life for those living and working on the Norfolk Broads.

Norfolk Broads Boat Hire FAQ

Do I need a licence to hire a boat on the Norfolk Broads?
No. But there are some basic rules you must follow. These are explained in the manual which is provided on every boat. The boatyard will also offer advice when you collect your boat.
Where and how far can I travel?
Speed limits vary from 4mph to 7mph. If you cruise for around 4 hours a day, you can expect to cover around 100 miles during a weeks hire. You are free to travel anywhere in the Norfolk Broads covered by your boat’s licence. You will find a selection of cruising routes for short breaks and longer holidays and maps on board the boat.
Where can I stop?
The boat manual lists mooring places. You will be shown how to moor up when you collect your boat. Popular moorings tend to be those closest to waterside pubs and restaurants. These may charge a small fee to moor. You will also find many free quieter mooring places.
How much is fuel?
Many boatyards include your fuel in the boat hire price. A full tank is usually more than you need for your holiday. Where charges are made, it is for the amount used and is usually deducted from your fuel deposit when you return the boat.
Where do I get water for drinking and washing?
Your boat will have a full tank of water. This includes hot and cold running water for your kitchen and bathroom. Water can be topped up at any boatyard or public mooring. Sometimes this incurrs a small fee.
Safety on board
Sensible non-slip shoes. Buoyancy aids for children and non-swimmers are provided free of charge when you collect up your boat. The boat manual will contain all the safety information you need and the boat yard will be happy to answer any other queries you have.
Can I bring my dog along?
Most boat yards are happy to accept well behaved dogs. These are usually free of charge but you should check when booking. The Norfolk Broads offers a numerous beautiful towpath walks.


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