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Duration: 1 day

Price point: Fantastic value for money 

Slowly sail along peaceful waterways for a day on a beautifully restored Edwardian Norfolk Wherry

  • Enjoy a slower pace of life on the stunning Norfolk Broads

  • A unique opportunity to experience history in action 

  • Admire the antique features of these rare majestic boats

  • Relax on board or help out with the crew to raise and lower the huge sails

  • Spot birds and other wildlife along the river banks 

  • Bring a picnic lunch to eat on board

  • The perfect activity for a special event or celebration

  • Suitable for all ages

*June 2021 - Due to restricted space on board we are currently limited to six passengers (or eight if formed from two bubbles).


At the Wherry base in Wroxham you will meet your skipper and be given a full safety briefing and a lifejacket. The friendly staff are eager to share their knowledge and experience of these incredible boats and their colourful history, so feel free to ask them lots of questions during the day!  

Once on board you have the option of switching off, relaxing on deck and simply watching the world go by.  Alternatively, if you fancy taking a more active role on board, the crew will be more than happy to have your help and you will be taught how to raise the impressive sails. 

Departing from our base in Wroxham, our itineraries vary - either to Salthouse Broad and return or to Horning, South Walsham or How Hill. Some sailings are point to point rather than a return (this avoids doubling back).  In this instance you will be met at the end point and then transported to the wherry base to start your trip.  

Although some of our wherries do have electric engines, we prefer to use the sail wherever possible as this is the best way to ensure you get as close to the original experience of being on a historic boat! This means we operate on "wherry time", subject to wind and tide, and so our arrival and any interim stops may not always be as planned. As a very approximate guide we usually depart at around 9.30am and return at around 17.00 but these timings are not set in stone.

At a glance

  • Location: Wroxham (near Norwich), Norfolk.

  • Group sizes: Up to 6-12 people (dependent on Covid guidelines*). 

  • Trip type: You can join a small group on board for the day for a regular 'scheduled' sailing. Or enquire about hiring a boat (skippered charter) for a private trip for family and friends.

  • Season: 01 May - 30 September.

  • Grading/difficulty: Easy.  However there is no wheelchair access and a low level of mobility will be required to step on board

  • Getting there: Car, either to the Wherry base or the end point of the trip. 

  • Pick-ups: None, but if the trip you take is one way, a free transfer from the arrival to the departure point will be included.

  • Age restrictions: Children are welcome on board but must be closely supervised at all times. There are no deck barriers however, so it may not be suitable for toddlers who like to run around!  Please enquire for more information. 

Ask an expert

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"We look forward to introducing you to a fun day out in a peaceful and beautiful part of the Norfolk Broads."

Mark Wright, Natural Britain


If you have any questions we are just a click away.

Sustainability and values
We use wind power wherever possible.  Occasionally we may have to use our on board motors which are all electric.  This cuts down on both diesel and noise pollution making it a wonderfully peaceful experience for both the passengers and for the local wildlife. 

If you care about Climate Change, you'll care about carbon emissions from travel
All of the tours offered through Natural Britain have been assessed for the amount of carbon emitted and this is shown against each featured itinerary below. To help make sense of this figure, you can head over to our Carbon Emissions page for useful comparisons with overseas travel etc.

"A relaxing day out helping to preserve Norfolk history"

Keeping History Sailing

Once a vital part of local heritage stretching back to the 17th Century, there are now only eight Wherries left in existence on the Norfolk Broads

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Price guide

Price guide


Sail aboard a historic
Norfolk Wherry

Price: £49 per person for day sailings.

No single supplement payable. 


Private charters are available on request (approx £420 per day)

Day sail on a Norfolk Wherry

  • A leisurely day in time honoured fashion on the peaceful Norfolk Broads

  • Departures most weekends May-Sep but you need to book in advance

  • Parking is available at our wherry base in Wroxham.

  • We regret we cannot allow dogs, except assistance dogs by prior arrangement

  • Includes complimentary hot drinks, water, squash and biscuits

  • You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on board

  • There are basic toilet facilities at the base and on the boats

  • No prior sailing experience is required - a skipper and crew do all the work, but you are welcome to join in from time to time

The carbon impact of this trip is
0kg CO2e per person
The above calculation shows the approximate amount of carbon that will be emitted by taking this trip (this does not include meals or getting to the destination). Details of how this figure is calculated can be found on our
Carbon Emissions page. 

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