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

19 December 2015

Seasonal Tides

Riverside Road in Hoveton St John, linking some of the boatyards, properties and moorings to the village, is prone to flooding at certain times. It can suddenly drop away quite unexpectedly on the falling tide. High water is a reoccurring issue when exceptional amounts of rain falls and the wind pushes water up river. These conditions present challenges to everyone affected.   

A smart new staging made by Royalls has helped embarking and disembarking the houseboat during periods of flooding. This has also provided a platform to place Gran’s planters, preventing them from being washed away. I was told by an old Horning village character who recalled seeing a complete hen house floating past Swan Corner on the flood tide.

People staying at nearby holiday properties are often caught unprepared. Without the provision of wellington boots, visitors have no choice but to use boundary fences and edges of boardwalks to dodge the water. Visitors are often surprised by the amount of flooding.  However, the area is a reclaimed boggy marsh, so the water has nowhere to escape. Perhaps with increased flooding in the future, there would be opportunity for water taxis to operate, Venetian style.


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