The Norfolk Coast
Potter Heigham is one of the gateways to the wildest parts of the Broads and is a busy centre for boat hire and shopping. Situated on the River Thurne in Norfolk it is 20km north east of Norwich, and often the start of family boating holidays or day trips.
The Broads were formed by the flooding of peat workings and now has similar status to a National park. The total area is 117 square miles comprising of seven rivers and 63 broads mostly less than four metres deep so ideal for sailing and water sports.
Standing in the middle of the famous medieval Potter Bridge you will get a good view of the river with all the different models of boat available to hire from the boat yards nearby. The bridge, built in 1385, is renowned for being the most difficult to navigate on The Broads and can make for some good entertainment! The bridge is also reputed to be haunted by the coach taking Lady Carew and her daughter to a wedding which caught alight while crossing the bridge.
The Norfolk Broads
The first yacht marina was built at Potter Heigham in 1931 and many of the original boats designed and built here are still in use today. You can sit and admire all the boats go past at Bridgestones of Potter, a family run café well known for its wonderful selection of home-made cakes.
"A great village to explore the coast and the Broads..."
Walkers will enjoy exploring the Weavers Way which passes by a row of houses built directly on the river bank and therefore is only accessible by boat or footpath. The path winds through the village on its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth passing by the church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of children and fishermen. The pretty church overlooks fields and has a hammerbeam roof and unusual round bell tower.
Although it is mostly kept locked, if you are lucky enough to be able to go inside you will see the renowned wall paintings dating back to the 15th century.
The Potter Heigham and Ludham Nature Reserve is an important wetland site covering 210 acres of grass marsh on the north side of the River Thurne and attracts birds such as Snipe, Redshanks and Oystercatchers. The specific management of the site provides the ideal habitat for dragonflies, damselflies and water voles.