Paddle through the Broads National Park’s hidden backwaters

No need to travel to the mangroves of India; discover incredible wildlife right on your doorstep, as you canoe through the jungle-like backwaters of the Broads National Park.

Grab your binoculars and join the Broads Authority and Rooted in Nature at the Surlingham Paddle, on Saturday 28 September, for an amazing canoe trip down the backwaters of the River Yare. You will explore the jungle-like swamps around Surlingham Broad, assisted by our wildlife guide Nick Sanderson and canoe leader Emma Davey, where you may glimpse shy wildlife such as grebes, egrets, dragonflies, kingfishers and marsh harriers.


Broads Authority Education Officer Nick Sanderson said of the trip,

“This is a rare opportunity to canoe through the quiet backwaters of the Broads National Park that most visitors don’t get to see. You almost feel like an explorer of old times, paddling through the watery wilderness and swamps of the jungle.

“Part of the excitement is not knowing what we might see just around the next bend! Maybe a heron, a water vole or even an otter.”

All equipment and instruction is provided and no experience is necessary, but you must be able to swim 50m. You will travel in a Canadian canoe, which is stable and seats up to three adults.

The trip runs from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 28 September from the Ferry Inn, Surlingham, Norwich NR14 7AR and ends at Rockland Broad, from where you will be transported back to the Ferry Inn.

£30 per adult, £20 per child, £90 per family (2 adults and 2 children sharing a boat). Advanced booking only. Call 01603 617332 to book.

Why not join us for a pre-trip riverside breakfast. From 9.30am, The Ferry Inn will be serving a bacon, sausage or Quorn sausage baguette and hot drink for £4.95.

If all the paddling has given you a hearty appetite, the Ferry Inn will also be offering post-trip fish and chips for £9.95.

Thursday 12 September 2019