Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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© Katy Walters

2016 sees us covering some familiar ground, with trips to How Hill, the St Benet's Abbey Annual Service, and Pull's Ferry in Norwich. For the first time we also offer two late-season public sailings on Pleasure Wherry Ardea.

Our sailings and events

Sit back and relax on a beautiful 100-year old wherry yacht as our experienced skipper and crew transport you down the river in style, or step aboard for a taster when we're moored. You can also find our information stall and friendly volunteers at local events too. We offer a combination of public sailings, viewings and on-shore events to give as many people as possible access to the wherries and an opportunity to find out about our work.

For all sailings (highlighted in grey): Please book in advance unless stated otherwise - see our contact page for details. Complimentary hot & cold drinks are served, and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Return land transport is included where necessary. Full details of parking, meeting points, transport etc. will be given on booking. We are unable to accept dogs on board for public sailings, except registered assistance dogs. Unfortunately the wherries are not suitable for wheelchairs, but please contact us with any other accessibility queries.

For all viewings: these events are free of charge but donations are appreciated. No booking is required. Please see individual dates for opening times.

2016 events

Wed 18 May - Sailing and wildlife walk
Hoveton Gt Broad

©K Walters

Wherry yacht, Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail and return. Enjoy a leisurely sailing to this secluded nature trail, accessible only from the river, with our experienced volunteers to tell you a little of our wherries' history, and help watch for kingfishers and perhaps even an osprey or hobby. The nature trail warden will then lead you around the trail, with opportunities to see spring fen plants, hear cuckoos, and look out for otters and common terns. With luck, you might even see a swallowtail butterfly! £35. Repeated on 12 June and 10 July.

Fri 27 May - Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Wroxham to How Hill. £35.

Sat 11 June- Sailing
Hathor at How Hill

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Pleasure wherry Hathor will sail an out-and-back day trip from How Hill on the River Ant. £35. Repeated on 3 July.

Sun 12 June- Sailing and wildlife walk

Wherry yacht, Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. See 18 May for details. £35.

Sun 19 June- Viewing
Wroxham Bridge

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Wherry yacht, Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge). 10am-5pm, free. The first of our monthly summer viewings - step aboard to find out more about our wherries' history and the work of Wherry Yacht Charter, including how you could get involved. In the afternoon, our friends at Barton House Railway are running their trains, and their ferry leaves from the adjacent quay - so you can easily visit both of us.

Sun 3 July- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, How Hill circular. £35.

Sun 10 July- Sailing and wildlife walk

Wherry yacht, Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail. See 18 May for details.£35.

Sun 17 July- Viewing Wherry yacht, Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge). 10am-5pm, free. See 19 June for details.

Fri 5 August- Sailing
Wroxham Bridge

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, How Hill to Ranworth. £30.

Fri 5 August- Sailing

Wherry yacht, Wroxham to Ranworth. £30.

Fri 5 August- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth staithe, 3pm-7pm. Free.

Sat 6 August- Short sailings
Wherries on Malthouse

Wherry yacht, offering short sailings at Ranworth. £10.No pre-booking, just turn up on the day, 10am-6pm. This is our only day of short sailings this year, so do join us to enjoy a look around Hathor as well as a trip on a wherry yacht. Departures approx. every 45 minutes.

Sat 6 August- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth Staithe, 10am-7pm. Free.

Sun 7 August- Sailing and Afternoon Tea
Bishop aboard a wherry

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Wherry yacht and pleasure wherry Hathor will convey the Bishop's party and other passengers from Ranworth to St Benet's Abbey and return, for the annual service. A home made afternoon tea will be served on board before the return trip. This afternoon-evening sailing is always a wonderful experience. £40.

Mon 8 August- Sailing

Wherry yacht and pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth to Wroxham. £30.

Mon 15 August- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Wroxham to How Hill. £35.

Fri 19 August- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, How Hill to Wroxham. £35.

Sun 21 August- Viewing

Wherry yacht, Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge), 10am-5pm. Free.

Wed 31 August- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Wroxham to Ranworth. £30.

Wed 31 August- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth staithe, 5pm-7pm. Free.

Thu 1 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth staithe, 10am-1pm. Free.

Thu 1 September- Sailing
Hathor sailing

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ranworth to Stokesby. For the first time this season, Hathor ventures beyond Ranworth as she begins her tour to Norwich and back. £25.

Fri 2 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stokesby Ferry, 10am-2.30pm. Free.

Fri 2 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stokesby to Great Yarmouth. £25.

Sat 3 September- Viewing
Dress flags

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Great Yarmouth Yacht Station, 10am-5pm. A rare visit to Great Yarmouth - step aboard to find out more about our wherries' history and the work of Wherry Yacht Charter, icluding how you could get involved. Free.

Sun 4 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Great Yarmouth to Rockland. One of just two chances to sail across Breydon Water this year (the other is 14 September) - likely to be very popular, so book early to secure your place.£45.

Sun 4 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Rockland, 4pm-7pm. Free.

Mon 5 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Rockland to Surlingham. £25.

Mon 5 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Surlingham, noon-7pm. Join us at the welcoming Ferry House pub, where you can combine a look around Hathor with a pint and a meal. Free (viewing, not beer or food!).

Tue 6 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Surlingham to Norwich. £30.

Wed 7 September- Sailings
Hathor sailing

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, Pulls Ferry to Ribs of Beef (am) and return (pm). Two separate short sailings within the City of Norwich, passing under several bridges. Hard work for the crew, but a joy to watch! £15 each way.

Wed 7 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Ribs of Beef, 11.30am-5pm, free. Step into the Ribs and downstairs to the Wherry Room to find your way out to Hathor - and why not stay for beer or food while you're at it? Watch us arrive or depart at either end of the viewing, to see how we get a 40-foot mast under the bridge...

Thu 8 Septemberto Sun 11 September- Viewing
Hathor with flags

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, Pulls Ferry, 10am-5pm. Hathor is once again in residence for the Heritage Open Days. We hope to welcome even more visitors than last year! Free.

Sun 11 September- Open Garden

Bishop's Garden, Norwich. Entertainment, stalls, and truly excellent cake, all within this hidden gem of a garden. Details TBC.

Mon 12 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Norwich to Brundall. £30.

Tue 13 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Brundall to Cantley. £25.

Tue 13 September- Viewing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Cantley, 3pm-7pm. Free.

Wed 14 September- Sailing
Hathor sailing

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, Cantley to Stracey Arms. Crossing Breydon Water is always an experience, and always popular. Book now to secure your space on this full-day sailing under big Norfolk skies. £45.

Thu 15 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Stracey Arms to Upton Dyke. £25.

Thu 15 September - Viewing
Hathor moored

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Pleasure wherry Hathor, Upton, noon-7pm, Free. We're delighted to spend some time at Upton, where we always receive a warm welcome from our friends at Eastwood Whelpton.

Fri 16 September- Sailing

Pleasure wherry Hathor, Upton to Wroxham. £30.

Sun 18 September- Viewing

Wherry yacht, Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge), 10am-5pm. Free.

Fri 21 October - Sailing - including Ardea
Ardea sailing

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Wherry yacht (£35) and a rare chance to sail on pleasure wherry Ardea (£45), Wroxham to How Hill.

Sun 23 October - Sailing - including Ardea

Wherry yacht (£35) and a rare chance to sail on pleasure wherry Ardea (£45), How Hill to Wroxham.

 

Wherry Yacht Charter is a registered charity (as Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust), number 1096073

WYC is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, RDPE, Geoffrey Watling Trust, Town Close Estate Charity and others.

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