Salhouse Broad is a beautiful broad, a grassy bank rises from the broad, flanked by woods on either side. In the spring you may find bluebells in the wood, and flag iris by the shore. The broad is popular place for wildfowl, see how many you can spot, if you’re not sure of the names a notice board nearby lists the most popular ones. Birds recently sighted here include Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Heron and many more.
Facilities include moorings (fee), water (fee), canoe hire, ferry to Hoveton Great Broad, guided boat trips around the broad and “back to basics” camping. Toilets are available at the car park, a short stroll from the broad.
Canoe and Kayak Hire at Salhouse Broad
Canoes and Kayaks are available for hire from Salhouse Broad, for just an hour up to 24 hours. Equipment provided includes buoyancy aids, map and dry bag. The broad is ideal for your first time out in a canoe as it’s off the main river and has the old Wherry Cut for you to explore. More information is available from the countryside rangers on 07795 145475. Opening hours: 9.30am –
The Hill at Salhouse Broad
The bank rising up from the broad is a natural play area for children. There are areas of sand, trees to climb and wooded areas, ideal for a game of ‘hide and seek’ all within view of your moorings. A path runs along the top of the hill, to the right is the bluebell wood and to the left the path leads through a blackthorn thicket and down to the main path.
Children’s Play Area at Salhouse Broad
The children’s play area is close by the moorings and has been laid out like a mini assault course, including a rickety bridge, balance beams, rope bridge and a willow house –
The Wherry Cut on Salhouse Broad
The Wherry Cut is a narrow finger of water that leads off the main broad and would at one time have lead to the staithe. A boarded path runs alongside the cut and makes a pleasant alternative to the gravel path. You may be able to spot a couple of wrecks on the far side of the cut just poking up out of the water. The wrecks are old gunboats not as you might expect old wherries. Water Witch is the name of one of the boats and featured in the film ‘Letter From East Anglia’, made by the Children’s Film Foundation.
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Weighting on Salhouse Broad
At the opposite end to the Wherry Cut is a little bay encircled by Salhouse Spit. This sheltered area of the broad has become popular with boaters wishing to moor mid broad by mud weight. The photo was taken before the restoration of Salhouse Spit, the work done here to restore the spit back to it’s 1940’s waterline has been nominated in the finals of the 2013 Water Renaissance Awards to be held in Birmingham on 23 May.
Sunset over Salhouse Broad
The broad is in the ideal position to catch the late evening and early morning sun and is a popular spot to moor on any evening of the week. It is less than hours cruise to both Wroxham and Horning, and for this reason it can get busy the evening before changeover day.