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1. Wildlife Boat Trips on the Norfolk Broads

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Wildlife Boat Trips

There are a number of companies offering short boat trips on the Norfolk Broads. It’s a relaxing way to take in the environment first hand, without getting your feet wet! The Electric Eel is a silent running electric powered boat that journeys through an intricate system of dykes in How Hill Nature Reserve, which is still a working marsh where reeds are cut for thatch. Spot otters, grass snakes, frogs and birdlife, and take in the scenery. For spring and autumn trips bring warm, waterproof clothes.

Boat: The Electric Eel
Journey Time: 50 minutes
The Electric Eel takes you through parts of the Broads that not many see, for it leaves the River Ant behind and travels alone through the intricate dyke system of the How Hill National Nature Reserve. How Hill is still a working marsh – reed and sedge are cut annually for thatch and you may even see the marsh-man at work. Your destination is the bird hide overlooking Reedham Water, a secluded ‘flood’ where timid duck like gadwall and shoveler breed. This boat trip unsuitable for children under two.
T: +44 (0)1692 678763 to book a trip on The Electric Eel

Boat: Helen
Journey Time: 1 hour
All aboard the good ship Helen for a guided tour of Malthouse Broad. As you set out across Malthouse Broad, the noise and fuss of birds at the staithe quickly dissolves with a stunning view of St Helen’s Church. If you are very lucky you may grab a glimpse of an otter or two.
T: +44 (0)1603 270453 to book a trip on the Helen

Boat: Liana
Journey Time: 1 hr 15 minutes
Wildlife seen on trips will usually provide interesting surprises. Quirky and unexpected things can happen – perhaps a grass snake swimming to catch frogs andinvertebrates or even a squirrel swimming, swallows feeding their young in nests under the old Beccles bridge or a cormorant trying to swallow a large fish – with difficulty! Dragonflies and damselflies are seen in abundance, and kingfishers diving for fish are always a highlight.Trips go towards Geldeston or Aldeby depending on tides.
T: +44 (0)1502 713196 to book a trip on Llana

Boat: Ra
Journey Time: 1 hr 15 minutes
If you take a trip on solar boat Ra on Barton Broad expect to see plenty of wildlife – the broad is owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and managed for the benefit of resident and visiting wildlife. The Barton Broad Clear Water 2000 Project means the improvement in water quality is helping to make the visiting wildlife happy and stay longer. One thing the Ra crew have learnt is never say, “We haven’t any”, as they have been caught out too many times, usually straight after saying so.
T: +44 (0)1603 782281 to book a trip on Ra

Wildlife Boat Trips Addresses:
Phone the Broads Information Centres listed below for locations and bookings. Broads Information Centres are open from Easter to October.
Electric Eel
How Hill Ludham
Toad Hole
Cottage Museum
Tel/fax +44 (0)1692 678763 
The Helen
The Staithe
Tel/fax +44 (0)1603 270453

Beccles The Quay
Fen Lane
Tel/fax +44 (0)1502 713196 
Hoveton/Wroxham Station Road
Tel/fax +44 (0)1603 782281
Other visitor centres in the area
Whitlingham Visitor Centre
Whitlingham Lane
Tel/fax +44 (0)1603 617332
Potter Heigham
Bridge Road
Tel/fax +44 (0)1692 670779

Wildlife Boat Trips Opening Times:

April, May and October
Weekends, bank holidays,Easter week and local half term
Electric Eel  – 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm
Liana – 11.00am, 2.15pm, 3.45pm
Ra – 10.00am, 11.30am, 2.00pm, 3.30pm

June to September:
Electric Eel – daily every hour 10.00am – 5.00pm
Liana – daily 11.00am, 2.15pm, 3.45pm
Ra – daily 10.00am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm

Easter to October:
Helen – 10.15am, 11.30am

Wildlife Boat Trips Admission:
Eel £5.50
Liana £5.50
Ra £5.50
Helen £4.50
Eel £4.50
Liana £4.50
Ra£ 4.50
Helen £3.50
Eel £15.00
Liana £15.00
Ra £15.00
Helen £12.00
Maximum Number of Passengers
Eel 6
Liana 8
Ra 12
Helen 8

*Up to two adults and two children

For bookings phone the Broads Information Centres listed below or visit any Broads Information Centre
T  Electric Eel  – Toad Hole Cottage +44 (0)1692 678763

    Liana – Beccles +44 (0)1502 713196

    Ra – Hoveton +44 (0)1603 782281

    Helen – Ranworth +44 (0)1603 270453

W  Events in the Norfolk Broads

The Broads Authority
18 Colegate
England, UK

T  +44 (001603 610734

F  +44 (0)1603 765710

Ranworth Ferry Service
Runs between Ranworth Staithe and the Broads
Wildlife Centre (free entry)

Trip times:
Easter – October, every afternoon, every half-hour

Length of trip:
10 minutes approx

Adult £1.00
Child 50p
No advance booking required

Maximum number of passengers:

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