A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

24 May 2012

Heather at Salhouse

On Saturday 19th May, early evening, Nigel Royall kindly, using Motor Launch ROYALTY towed Heather down river to Salhouse for the Green Boat Show. Behind Heather, was a traditionally built punt named PLOVER, (acting as a temporary tender to Heather.) Plover was built in wood by Nigel Royall in 1990. Punts in either wood or glass reinforced plastic can be built to order by Royall's Boatyard at Hoveton. We arrived on the quay at Salhouse and met Tobi Baker, the friendly country ranger. The boats berthed alongside a large decked pontoon ~ not unlike Heather's early industrial occupation. 

The Green Boat & Tourism Show, offered a broad church of environmentally friendly activities, including a wide range of boats on the water. Heather moored between the exhibiting yachts, launches, pedal boats and canoes. Despite her not being complete, we were delighted to go along to the show and camped on board with the facilities available. To add interest to visitors, we decided to set up a shop in the newly reopened after well. Offered for sale, were a selection of boat items and some local, home made jams and chutneys in a wicker basket. The proceeds go towards the maintenance of Heather. Find out more about our shop later. 

The crew enjoyed quiet rowing sessions around the broad in the Royall's working punt, painted appropriately in duck green! Plover deservedly, caught many admiring glances. In the evening, some of the resident ducks waddled onto the after deck from the shore. Next morning, we headed back to Hoveton at a sedate pace.

The Crew

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe