At Whispering Reeds located in Hickling at the heart of the northern Norfolk Broads and Rivers, we have a number of easy to handle Canadian Canoes which can be hired for a quiet explore of the area.
The canoes are an idea way to get right into the edges of the shallow broad, and explore all the little inlets and islands in the area which bigger boats simply can’t manage.
A few years ago Marsh Harriers were a rare sight in the UK, now the Hickling and Horsey area has a population so large that you’ll be hard pressed to miss these amazing birds of prey soaring around and quartering the reeds looking for their prey. Meadow Dyke will pop you out onto Horsey Mere, and you just follow the right hand edge of this patch of open water until you head up to the Staithe.
You’ll find toilets, a national trust tea shop which sells excellent tea cakes, and of course the windpump which you can climb up to see the sea to one side, and across the broads on the other. Once you’ve had a rest and enjoyed your tea cake or ice cream, just head back the way you came and use any spare time you have left to explore Hickling Broad itself.
We only have a limited number of canoes, so it is definitely worth booking ahead as soon as you know that you want to come. Whispering Reeds is part of the Broads Canoe Hire Association and as such we undergo training annually, and we are supported by the Broads Authorities Sustainable Development Fund.
Full instruction is given before you venture onto the water and Buoyancy aids and dry bags are provided too.