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Norfolk Broads Cruising Guide

Working out how far you can travel on your holiday is not easy if you've never done it before. To give you an idea of distances, you could set off from Coltishall at the northern most point on the River Bure at 9am and arrive at Great Yarmouth, the outlet to the sea at around 3pm in the afternoon if you did the trip without stopping. Similarly, you could make the journey from Yarmouth to Norwich on the River Yare in around 8 hours.

But if you did that much cruising at one stretch you would not only be missing out many fine villages worth stopping at, you would also not experience the "kick back and relax" feeling that the Norfolk Broads has to offer. The compromise is to set aside time for cruising and time for exploring. A one hour cruise in the morning followed by a lazy lunch at a riverside hostelry before moving on for another couple of hours is enough to allow you time to explore the many villages which line the rivers of the Norfolk Broads.

The map and distance charts below should assist you in planning a route for your cruise. Bear in mind that the cruising times shown are based on an average speed of 5mph - the sort of cruising speed you will settle down to, and that these times can be affected by tides the nearer you get to Great Yarmouth. If it's with you, you will arrive faster - if it's against you, your journey time will slow a little.

Norfolk Broads map

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Below are our quick view Norfolk Brods River Distance Charts.
For mileage, travel times and navigation advice between 37 recognised points across the Broads, use our

Automated River Distance Calculator

. For more information on the towns and villages which border the rivers, click the appropriate village directory button below.
River Bure
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From Coltishall Miles Mins
to Wroxham 4.5 60
to Horning 4.5 60
to Ranworth 2.5 30
to Ant Mouth 1.5 15
to Thurne Mouth 2.5 30
to Acle 2.5 30
to Stokesby 3 30
to Yarmouth 8 100

River Ant
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From Ant MouthMilesMins
to Ludham Bridge 115
to Irstead3.545
to Neatishead1.515
to Sutton3.545
to Stalham115
to Wayford Bridge2.530

River Thurne
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From Thurne MouthMilesMins
to Thurne Dyke 0.510
to Ludham2.530
to Potter Heigham2.530
to West Somerton3.545
to Horsey Mere450
to Hickling3.545

River Waveney
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From GeldestonMilesMins
to Beccles 345
to Waveney River Centre 7.590
to Oulton Broad2.530
to Somerleyton6.570
to St Olaves2.530
to Burgh Castle4.560
to Yarmouth8100

River Yare
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From YarmouthMilesMins
to Berney Arms 4.560
to Reedham5.570
to Langley Dyke790
to Rockland Broad3.545
to Brundall2.530
to Bramerton3.545
to Thorpe Green345
to Norwich230

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