Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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Each season we aim to offer a variety of sailings and viewings to allow everyone to enjoy our wherries.Sit back and relax as our experienced skipper and crew transport you down the river in style, or pop in to look around when we are moored.

Day sailings schedule 2021

The schedule below is our currently-planned offering for the 2021 season and is updated to reflect bookings and cancellations as they are confirmed. Click here for general Covid-19 updates.

A note on the numbers shown below: we will confirm bookings for the first 6 places on each sailing and keep a waiting list for the rest, pending final confirmation of the easing of restrictions.

Scheduled sailings must be booked in advance, via bookings@wherryyachtcharter.org or see our contact page.

Key sailing details:

  • Sailings are a full day unless indicated otherwise.
  • Prices are per person.
  • One-way sailings include return transport at no extra charge.
  • We offer complimentary hot drinks, squash and biscuits during all sailings.
  • We regret we cannot allow dogs, except assistance dogs by prior arrangement.

Full details of meeting times and places, and other essential details, are given when you book. Please do contact us if you have any questions.

The general outline of some of our regular trips can be found below, along with details of viewings and Friends' events.

Viewings allow you to step on board (free) for a taste of our wherries. Our listings above include (when available) key viewings such as Heritage Open Days, where demonstrations such as mast-lowering may be given. Hathor is also on view at How Hill from June to September when not in use for sailing. We aim to open her daily, 10am-5pm, but this is subject to volunteer availability so please do contact us to check if you are making a special trip.

Sailing details

Most of our sailings are straightforward out-and-back or point-to-point sailings. For the latter, we meet you at the end point and then transport you to the wherry by coach. Often we are underway for the full duration specified, but some trips may incorporate a short stop at lunchtime. We operate on "wherry time", subject to wind and tide, and so our arrival and any interim stops may not always be as planned.

Wildlife trips sail from Wroxham to Hoveton Great Broad and back. Most of the day is spent sailing, but we include a guided walk with the warden (approx. 1 hour) at the nature reserve around midday. Before returning to Wroxham we often continue further downstream or sail into Salhouse Broad to moor on a mud-weight for lunch. We are lucky to have some keen and knowledgeable crew when it comes to wildlife, and so the whole day offers an excellent chance to learn about the various species you might see around the Broads.

Catered sailings from How Hill take in Barton Broad, offering some open-water sailing and typically including a pause at one of the surrounding staithes over lunch. Meals and other refreshments are provided fresh from the How Hill kitchen, with wine or a soft drink, and morning and afternoon hot drinks are accompanied by either homemade biscuits or some of their superb cake. We can of course cater for any dietary requirements advised at the time of booking.

Steam and Sail days offer the historic combination of steam launch Falcon, the gleaming pride of the Museum of the Broads at Stalham, and one of our wherry fleet. You'll steam from the museum to Barton Broad, sail on the broad on a wherry, and then steam back again. The last trip of the day will steam out on Falcon and sail back to the museum. As the price includes museum admission, make sure you allow time to look around the excellent displays too.

The St Benet's Abbey Annual Service is held on a Sunday early in August at what became the only abbey not to be dissolved by Henry VIII. We are proud to convey the Abbot of St Benet's (the Bishop of Norwich) and his party to the service by wherry, providing a fitting ceremonial arrival. The sailing runs from lunchtime to early evening and includes afternoon tea on board as well as time to attend the service. A small number of places will be available to book but this trip is always very popular.

Viewings

If you simply want to look around a wherry rather than sail, Pleasure Wherry Hathor is in residence at How Hill for the summer (June to September), with staffed viewings 10am-5pm whenever we have volunteers available and Hathor is not in use for a sailing. Please do contact us to confirm availability if you are making a special trip. We usually participate in the Heritage Open Days with viewings at How Hill and/or the Museum of the Broads. Details will appear in the above schedule nearer the time. Viewings are always free, but donations are appreciated.

Friends' events

Our Friends can enjoy a selection of exclusive events, but we list them here when details are available to give a flavour of what's on offer if you join. All events must be booked in advance unless otherwise specified. Contact the Friends to find out more, or if you are a member but don't have the details to hand (see the Gaff Line or our email updates).

In recent years our Friends' events have included volunteers' sailings at the start and/or end of the season, a bring-and-share supper aboard one or two (moored) wherries in August, a summer afternoon tea at How Hill, and an annual dinner in October. Friends may also request use of Hathor (moored) at How Hill for summer evening picnics.

 

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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