Train: Hoveton & Wroxham railway station is just 15-minutes walk from the Peninsula – over the bridge into Hoveton and turn left along Station Road at Roys Department Store, there is also ample car parking (set sat nav to NR12 8UU). The Bittern Line (named after the East Anglian bird) serves Norwich to Sheringham, also calling at Cromer - with Hoveton & Wroxham two stops from fine City of Norwich. Norwich boasts two magnificent cathedrals, medieval cobbled streets and castle, riverside restaurants and water bus, 6-day open air market, and shopping malls with many of the best London stores. Trains run about once an hour both ways, details here. If you are a family traveling on the Bittern line, a GroupSave ticket can save you fifty-percent, and a Bittern Line Rover ticket allowing unlimited stops.
Trains run from Hoveton & Wroxham Station to Norwich from 06.33am to 22-minutes past midnight. The last train from Norwich back leaves at 22.45pm, so if you are planning a Norwich pub crawl, make your last drink in Hoveton or back home in the Shed. The journey to Norwich from Wroxham takes just 15-minutes. Also try the 5-minute train ride from Wroxham to Salhouse to sample the tranquility of this little village. The Bell Inn near the centre serves fine cuisine and real ales.
Steam Train: The Bure
Valley steam railway runs the scenic 9-miles from Hoveton & Wroxham station to quaint market town of Aylsham. Trains run four times a day in season, including a special Santa train with mince pies over Christmas. Full details here.
Aylsham is a bustling market town next to the River Bure, with many fine 17th and 18th century buildings and an impressive Victorian watermill.
Bus: A bus runs 15-minutes past every hour from Roys Food Hall, Hoveton to Norwich, taking 30 minutes, calling at Salhouse on the way.
Taxis: are cheap in Norfolk and the 7-seaters are ideal for pub crawls, make a note of the numbers: Wroxham: (01603) 782925 – low-cost, fast friendly service; Horning: (01692) 630856; Acle: 01493 752223 and 01493 750555; Ludham: 01692 584789; Reedham: 01493 700146. Norwich: (017603) 700700.
River Transport: To really see and experience the broads you must take to the water. Self drive boats are easy to pilot and can be booked by the hour or day from many companies in Wroxham and Hoveton, see here. Organized boat trips to see the riverside wildlife can be arranged at Hoveton Broads Information Centre - book a trip on Ra, Britain’s first solar-powered boat around Barton Broad (April to October). The mysterious tour cruses through swampy, wildlife-filled woodland and emerges to a panoramic view over Barton Broad. As many of the broads boats, Ra has a ramp for wheelchair users. At How Hill there is a electric eel boat trip along the reed-fringed dykes, bookable at Toad Hill Cottage (tel: 01692 678763). Or take a ride on Helen at Ransworth, to experience what travel was like on a Broads reed lighter (booking at Ransworth Broad Information Centre, Tel: 01603 270453). And if you can’t sail, but would like a go, The Hunter Experience is for you - on a traditional wooden yacht from Ludham, click here or tel:01692 678263.
Canoeing allows exploration of smaller waterways on the broads, and the Canadian canoes for hire are supplied with buoyancy aids seating up to three people. Canoeing centres are open April to October, the closest to Wroxham being Barnes Brickcraft, Barnes Brinkcraft, Riverside Road, Wroxham, NR12 8UD, tel: 01603 782625.
For details on booking Bure Cottage click here