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Welcome to Norfolk Canoes paddle spots

This page is designed to help you explore our local waterways, beaches and coastline.
Below are a few of our favourite places to paddle.
If you would like to contribute to this list with your favourite spot then please email us at sales@norfolk-canoes.co.uk

Click here for useful links - Tide Times, British Canoe Union, Broads Authority and Canoe Clubs .

Norfolk Broads Canoe and kayak guide book

Norfolk Broads Canoe and Kayak Guide Book

The complete guide book for the Norfolk Broads is available, it includes:

  • Launch points and directions
  • Waterside pubs
  • Campsites
  • Descriptions river by river
  • Distance tables between launchpoints
  • Many colour photographs
  • And lots more information on the region

Trimingham Beach

Trimingham Beach Map

Trimingham Beach is a great place to get out onto the waves. It is relatively unknown and very quiet, even in peak season. Plenty of free parking and a concrete slipway almost right down to the water. Only issue can be finding the place first time out, so look for the dirt track and Vale Road sign.

Paddling A Nomad Sport At Trimingham Beach Trimingham Beach Feel Free Nomad Sport in action at Trimingham Beach

South Walsham & Malthouse Broad

South Walsham & Malthouse Broads Map

Two beautiful, and a couple of the largest of the Norfolk Broads. Wide expanses of open water leading out onto the River Bure. Plenty of free parking, although if you're going in high season it is best to get there early. Malthouse Broad can be very busy high season. Good Pike fishing can be had here in the colder months.

Malthouse Broad Car Park Malthouse Broad South Walsham Broad

Ludham Area

Ludham Map

A number of places to launch and explore in this area including Ludham Bridge, Ludham Staithe (AKA Womack Staithe), Potter Heigham Bridge, Thurne and Repps With Bastwick.

Martham Staithe Ludham Staithe Ludham Bridge

Horstead Mill

Map of Area

Horstead Mill provides two great opportunities. It serves as a fantastic location from which to start a day paddling and exploring the upper reaches of the Bure towards Wroxham without the traffic. Also it has just about the only inland White Water experience in Norfolk! The old mill wheel sluices channel water through rapidly and can be great fun. Limited free parking and can be busy in Summer months.

Horstead Mill Horstead Mill View of Horstead Mill

Coltishall Area

Colitishal Area Map

Coltishall covers an extremely beautiful sretch of the River Bure and presents en excellent starting point to explore through to Wroxham. Wildlife is in abundance with Barn Owls, Kingfishers, Grass Snakes and many species of Dragonfly. Coltishall Common does not permit launching, but Belaugh does (only about 4 parking spaces) and is less well known and tucked away.

Belaugh Put In Point Coltishall Common Starting from Horstead Mill The River Bure at Coltishall

Brancaster Beach & Staithe

Map of Brancaster

Accessing the North Sea, launching from Brancaster couldn't be easier. Parking at Brancaster Beach is Pay & Display, but this does put you right on the beach. Brancaster Staithe provides ample free parking and a very pleasant paddle through the harbour to safe, sheltered, calm waters in most weather. Only issue to watch out for are the high tides which can cover the access road to the Beach, and much of the car park at the Staithe. Stong tides can be an issue so check times before you go.

Brancaster Brancaster Beach Brancaster Staithe

Sea Palling

Map of Sea Palling

Sea Palling has a popular, large sandy beach. Ample parking (Pay & Display) and a concrete slip-way make for easy access. Artificial offshore reefs create many bays, some with sheltered water and some with interesting surf depending upon conditions.
Good Summer fishing can also be had.

Other local amenities: Cafe / Pub / Amusements / RNLI Lifeguards

In action at Sea Palling with the Nomad Sport Paddling the Feel Free Nomad Sport Sea Palling
The Feel Free Nomad Sport at Sea Palling

North Walsham & Dilham Canal

Map of Area


The stretches of the River Ant and Dilham Canal accessible from Wayford Bridge are pleasant, easy paddles. Minimal use by larger craft to the North, and access to Barton Broad to the South.

Open Canoing on the Dilham Canal Canoeing at North Walsham & Dilham Canal The North Walsham & Dilham Canal
Open Canoeing on the Dilham Canal

Burnham Overy Staithe

Burnham Overy Map

Burnham Overy offers sheltered areas which are good for teaching at low tide. At high tide it offers a good paddle out to sea and Scolt Head Island. There is ample free parking however at hide tide this may be restricted.

View at Burnham Overy Burnham Overy Staithe

Acle Area

Acle Area Map Upton is a little known put in place but has a very large free car park and excellent launching facilities. There is also a newly refurbished picnic area here as well. The dyke here leads directly onto the river Bure. Turning left will take you north towards Thurne, Ludham or Horning, whereas turning right will lead you south towards Stokesby and Great Yarmouth beyond. Stokesby has plenty of free parking and the Ferry In makes a welcome place for refuelling.

Barton Broad Area

Barton Broad Area Map Barton Broad is a lovely area to paddle around. Launching is possible from a number of locations with Barton Turf being most central. Free parking and easy access to the water close by makes this an ideal starting point. Neatishead and Gays Staithe can be launched from and make a good place to begin the longer trip to Sutton Staithe. Parking for Sutton Staithe is right by the water providing easy launching. Wayford Bridge gives access to the river Ant and the Dilham Canal, although parking here is at the Wayford Inn, so please ask inside if they mind and do drop in for a drink at the end of the day as a thank you.

Hickling Broad Area

Hickling Broad Area Map Hickling Broad is a very popular fishing location that also offers some great paddling and wildlife watching. Launching at Hickling Staithe is simple with ample parking (a small charge may be payable in the pub) and only a short walk to the water. Horsey Mill is a vertical drop in but is still very close to the pay & display car park making it very easy to get to and from the car.

Wroxham Area

Wroxham Area Map Wroxham is the heart of the Norfolk Broads. It is very busy in the summer months, but still offers some excellent areas to paddle in both high and low season. Belaugh is a lovely place to start a paddle, however it only has car parking for about 4 cars. The open water of Wroxham Broad is excellent for beginners with plenty of space to practice, plenty of parking (pay & display but not expensive) and the boat launching point right by the car park. This also provides a great starting point from which to explore up or down the river Bure towards Coltishall or Horning. Salhouse Broad is only short 2km down-stream paddle from here and offers a large beach for landing and grassy area making it ideal for a short trip and picnic. Horning can be very busy and again has pay & display parking but has a great put in The Swan for recharging your energy levels after a hard paddle. Horning Ferry provides free, but limited parking for launching. It is a good location but beware that the road can be inaccessible at times of high water.

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