April's Hidden Gem - Salhouse
Salhouse is a beautiful village on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park, within the Broadland District of the county of Norfolk. Just 1 mile from the beautiful Salhouse Broad, and just 6 miles from the centre of Norwich, Salhouse offers the perfect combination of peace and tranquillity and easy access to the thriving city.
Things to do in and around Salhouse:
- Hire a canoe on the Salhouse Broad
Canoes are a brilliant way of exploring the Salhouse Broad and get closer to nature. A canoe is small enough to fit in all the nooks and crannies of the waters, allowing you to see areas of the county you would have never seen before. The canoes are quiet, so they do not disturb any surrounding wildlife and you can observe them close-up. The canoes are stable for beginners and for children.
Hire a canoe or kayak for 1 hour and discover the hidden gem of the Salhouse Broad. The Wherry Cut offers a peaceful, tranquil place to observe wildlife and surround yourself with nature.
Hiring a canoe for 3 hours will allow you to travel as far as Horning or Wroxham, stop for a drink at the pub or bite to eat, and sail back to Salhouse again.
Hiring a canoe for 6 hours will give you the chance to sail all the way down to Ranworth, where you'll find a Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitor centre. Take in the break-taking views from the top of St. Helen's Church (also known as The Cathedral of The Broads).
You can hire a canoe at the Salhouse Broad from April until October, 10:30am until 6pm. Booking in advance is recommended. Salhouse Broad provide 2 or 3 person canoes (or 1 person kayaks), buoyancy aids, paddles, dry bags, a map of the area and an instruction and safety talk (including emergency procedures).
To hire a canoe for 1 hour will cost £10.00, 3 hours £25.00 and 6 hours £40.00. To hire a kayak for 1 hour will cost £10.00, 3 hours £18.00 and 6 hours £30.00.
Visit the Salhouse Broad website for more information.
- Catch a ferry to the Hoveton Great Broad Nature Trail
The Nature Trail winds its way from the banks of the River Bure to the edge of the Hoveton Great Broad. This area is only accessible by boat, allowing you to really appreciate the hidden gem of Norfolk.
The Salhouse Ranger will take you across the Broads in the foot ferry, where you'll meet the Nature Trail's dedicated warden. You’ll get the opportunity to learn about the habitats and wildlife surrounding you, and the amazing restoration project currently underway.
The ferry runs every hour from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Sunday in July and August. Outside of these months can be specially requested. The fantastic ferry will cost £5.00 per person, and 1 free child with every paying adult. Every additional child will cost £2.00. Visit the Salhouse Broad website for more information.
- Visit Woodforde’s Brewery and the Fur and Feather, Woodbastwick
Woodforde’s Brewery has called Woodbastwick it’s home since 1981. Woodbastwick is located just 2 miles from Salhouse and is a lovely route for a summer’s day walk.
Woodforde’s meticulously select all their ingredients for their quality and origin, using only the richest of hops for their work. Woodforde’s use ancient water from beneath Norfolk and the best barley, grown by Norfolk farmers.
Brewery tours cost £15.00 and last around an hour, starting at 6:30pm. You must be over 18 years old. The tour lets you in on the secrets of their award winning ‘Wherry’ Pint. Watch on as the brewers show you what happens inside the brewery. Experience the taste and surrounding aromas of barley and hops. Take a journey to the mash tuns to see where the process starts, and end with the sampling session. You will also receive 15% off your purchases from the shop.
Directly next to the Woodforde’s is their own brewery tap – The Fur and Feather. Inside The Fur and Feather, you will find a variety of their core and seasonal beers on draught. Their beers do not travel far before reaching you, and neither does the food. Using local ingredients, the menu consists of wholesome, local produce.
Browse the Woodforde’s Brewery website for information about the creation and the Fur and Feather website about the pub.
- Enjoy a spot of tea at Prima Rosa café
Prima Rosa is a vintage style café located in Salhouse. Step inside the beautifully charming café where you can relax, enjoy their delicious home cooked lunches, cakes and bakes – of course a cup of tea too!
However, Prima Rosa offers more than scrummy cakes and delicious drinks. Over 40 local crafters & artisans stock their items in the café. Ali-Jo-Lottie sells engraved slates and stones in various gorgeous designs, Susiesstyles sells a lovely collection of shabby chic homewares and Primrose Cottage Bears sell handmade mohair collectors' bears – to name but a few. Much, much more can be found at Prime Rosa so why not pop in and have a browse.
The café take pride in their gorgeous detailed window displays. All season inspired, the windows will draw you in with their amazing eye for detail, beautiful ornaments and fabulous colours.
Browse the Prime Rosa café website for more information.
- Enjoy some lunch at The Bell
What was once a coaching inn dating back to 1650, with parts said to be from the 1400s, the Bell is located on Lower Street, Salhouse. The Bell features a wealth of oak beams, an open fire, a large garden and a free car park.
The Bell at Salhouse offers 4 local real ales and 2 local ciders for you to enjoy. The restaurant also offers a range of delicious home cooked food, brilliant after a day exploring the Salhouse Broad.
The Bell runs weekly event nights, such as a quiz night on Wednesdays, ideal for socialising and getting together with friends. More information about the events taking place at The Bell can be found on their Facebook page.
The Bell is family and dog friendly and is open 12 noon until 11pm daily, apart from Sundays when it closes at 5pm. Food is served 12 noon until 2pm and 6pm until 8pm.