I recently spent a very enjoyable hour cruising in the traditional wooden Broads boat the Lady Ann on Horsey Mere. The boat is skippered by Ross who is an expert on the flora and fauna of the Norfolk Broads. His commentary was extremely informative and often witty.
During the trip, on what was a beautiful day, we saw marsh harriers, buzzards, herons, numerous other species of small birds, beautiful dragonflies and the rare swallowtail butterfly. Although common in other parts of the world the colourful swallowtail is now only found in the UK at the Norfolk Broads.
This was £10 very well spent and I highly recommend Ross’ wildlife cruises. His mooring is reached via a path from the National Trust car park at Horsey Windpump (recently restored). The path is well-signed and it is only a short walk.
Lady Ann is not a large vessel, so places are limited. I booked our trip by texting Ross the day before (recommended in the high season). You can also send an email to book your place(s). There is also a booking-in system at the departure point consisting of a sandwich board where you can book a place for later sailings.
Ross runs his trips every day (weather permitting) from Easter through to the autumn.
There is a cafe near the car park serving drinks and snacks.
Times: 9.45am, 11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, and 3.15pm
Cost: £10 for adults, £8 per child (family ticket (2 + 2) £34, well-behaved dogs £1
You can text Ross on 07791 526440
For your Sat Nav: NR29 4EE