Horning and Horning Ferry


Horning on the River Bure

Horning is a linear village stretching for over a mile along the River Bure. It is famous as the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Coot Club’. Attractive cottages and modern houses line the bank. Along the main street are a good range of shops including a Post Office, butcher, and delicatessen. You will also find three inns and a number of restaurants. If you want to stop at one of the Inns for lunch or dinner it may be prudent to book, not only your table, but your mooring too. Water and pump-out facilities are available a a little further downstream at Southgates Boatyard and at Ferry Marina.

Southern Comfort Paddle Boat

Southern Comfort Paddle Boat

The double-decker paddle boat was purpose built for use on the Broads and will carry 100 passengers. It plies its route from the quay at Horning adjacent to the Swan Inn down the River Bure to Ranworth and back.

The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn at Horning on the River Bure

The Swan Inn sits on a tight right-angled bend in the River Bure and signals the start of the village of Horning as known by visitors arriving by boat. The origins date back to 1696 but the main part of the inn dates from the early 19th century. It is a major landmark in the area and has featured in both books and films.

Horning Staithe

Horning Staithe on the River Bure

There is a small staithe in front of the village green including a small dyke for rowing boats to tie up. The moorings are free and include an electric hook-up (fee payable) but space is limited.

Perci’s Island Moorings

Perci's Island moorings on the River Bure at Horning

On the opposite bank to the staithe the Broads Authority have provided extra moorings at Perci’s Island. There is no access to the village from the island other than by boat. It is an ideal place to sit and wait for a mooring to become available at the village staithe.

The New Inn

The New Inn on the River Bure at Horning

The highly regarded New Inn is a traditional family pub with a large riverside patio. Mooring is available for day boats in the their small basin and for larger craft stern-on mooring is available on the quay heading.

Lodges and Chalets at Horning

The White Mill on the River Bure at Horning

Lodges and chalets of all types line the left bank as the River Bure heads downstream towards Horning Ferry. Small dykes lead off the main river to grand looking holiday homes. The White Mill is in a particularly attractive spot on a bend in the river before Horning Ferry. Many of these riverside properties are available for hire through local and national booking agents.

Horning Ferry

The Ferry Inn on the River Bure at Horning

Horning Ferry and the Ferry Inn are downstream on the left bank. At one time as at Reedham a chain ferry operated here. A foot passenger ferry runs now thanks to the landlord of the Ferry Inn. The Ferry Inn is known for it’s excellent carvery, it has an extensive riverside frontage with gardens and a children’s play area. There are also moorings on the opposite bank at Woodbastwick Staithe where a boarded walk leads you to Cockshoot Dyke and then to Cockshoot Broad. This section of the Bure is popular with anglers as this reach is good for Bream, Roach and Pike.

St Benedicts Church

St Benedict's Church at Horning

St Benedict’s Church is set on high ground overlooking Horning Marshes. Although the church is situated away from the village of Horning the parish stretches as far as Thurne Mouth and includes St Benet’s Abbey. Moorings are available for visitors wishing to visit the church.

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