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Norfolk Broads pubs, restaurants, shops
and other amenities on the River Thurne


Bars & Restaurants: The Pleasure Boat Inn has it's own moorings and is situated on the northern shores of Hickling Broad. It offers a bar menu together with restaurant dining. The Greyhound is a 15 minute walk from the moorings in the midst of Hickling village. Good quality bar meals are on offer.

Local Attractions: Hickling is the typical English country village with thatched roofs and dream cottages. A walk around the village is a must.

Horsey Mere

Bars & Restaurants: The Nelson Head is a ten minute walk from the closest moorings at Horsey windmill. These moorings attract a small fee. An extensive food menu is offered by the Nelson Head.

Shops: There is a small provisions store close to the moorings.

Local Attractions: Climb to the top of Horsey windmill for a spectacular vista of the surrounding area. A 30 minute walk will take you to the Norfolk coast and the chance to spy Grey Seals which can often be seen basking on the beaches. Click for more information.:
Horsey Mere

West Somerton

Bars & Restaurants: The Lion Inn is a 5 minute walk from the plentiful free moorings. Bar food menu available.

Local attractions. A 30 minute walk will take you to the sand dunes of the East coast and the small resort of Winterton on Sea. Take a bus into Great Yarmouth which stops in the village centre.
West Somerton

Potter Heigham

Bars & Restaurants: The Falgate Inn is a ten minute walk up past Lathams store and is currently the only bar in town following the closure of the Broads Tavern. Food is served at the Falgate. There are two cafe style businesses in Potter Heigham. The Flour and Bean is set within the Lathams store whereas the Bridgestones of Potter is closer to the bridge.

Shops: Lathams can best be described as a large discount store. It is popular with locals and visitors and is on the coach excursion list for people staying in Great Yarmouth and other locations.

Local Attractions: The low bridge here is the main attraction. It is so low, boat hirers need to employ a pilot to take their vessel under the bridge. An hour or so spent at the riverside should be very entertaining.
Potter Heigham


Bars & Restaurants: Travel up Womack Water off the Thurne river to arrive at the pretty village staithe of Ludham. A 10 minute walk brings you to the village centre. The Kings Arms offers a large choice of dishes and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Shops: A large general store can be found in the village together with a doctor, pharmacy and butchers.

Local Attractions: Ludham village is another of those bygone feel villages with thatched roofs.


Bars & Restaurants: The Lion Inn (currently closed) is located along a dyke leading to the main river. Moorings are provided but a fee of £3 to £4 is charged for overnight stays.

Shops: A small gift shop is located opposite the Lion Inn.

Local Attractions: The tall white Thurne Windmill is the ideal candidate for that memorable photograph.
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