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

2 May 2013

Ludham Bridge ~ a Broadland oasis

Spanning the River Ant, Ludham Bridge is located centrally on the popular northern rivers. On either side, the A 1062 road stretches out like a causeway across the fens. Next to the bridge is the family run Ludham Bridge Services and Boatyard. Working farms lay just beyond the cluster of traditional buildings and yards. It could be said that this area resembles the rural appearance of nearby Hoveton and Wroxham waterside of a hundred years ago.

Paths link two famous Broads landmarks. How Hill lies only 2 miles upstream. Crowned by a large Edwardian country house, lush gardens sweep down to the river and marshes. A short distance down river are the curious remains of the Abbey of St Benet's at Holme, sitting in beautiful isolation.

Beside the road is the well known black and white building of Bridge Stores and the Wayfarers Cafe. A general provisions and gift shop for holiday makers. The cafe serves hot and cold food. Further along is the artist Linda H Matthew's Broad Skies Gallery, with individual Norfolk made gifts and art. Next door is AJB Fishing Tackle stocks a broad range of gear and bait. Advice is freely available.

Tucked away, behind the Stores is Chandlers' Yard and a range of recently improved cabins. The Trading Post and Norfolk Dinghy Centre has a large selection of books, general goods and boat related items. Cycling hire and some gas is also available here. The Boathouse is run by Robert Paul, Marine Engineer and Boat Safety Examiner. Helpful advice, servicing and sales of outboard engines and boats is also available. Bridge Cave Curios is packed with something for all with preloved and new objects. Kay K Crafts completes the selection. Kay makes a range of handmade fabric and wooden items, including colourful lengths of bunting ~ perfect for your home, boat or special occasions. Boats and trailers for sale are on display and storage is available. There are few shopping outlets in Broadland located in such an attractive environment. A few steps lead up to the Staithe, where boats can moor to replenish with fresh water and hook up to the electricity point. (Please note no cards purchased anywhere else can be used.)

On the immediate downstream side is Bridge Boatyard. Full services are available here, including pumpout. Smart day and picnic cruisers are available for hire. There are comprehensive repair facilities. The central and scenic location of this boatyard in the Broads district is almost exceptional. Various moorings are available on both sides of the bridge.

Find out information about Broadland, including the Museum of the Broads and more at the yards.
Individual cabins may not be open everyday of the week.


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