Wherry Yacht Charter
Caring for the Broads' last wherry fleet

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Each season we offer a variety of sailings, some with extras such as a wildlife walk or buffet lunch, as well as a number of free viewings where you can step aboard for a look around one of our fleet.

From 20th March: Please see our sailing page for current details of how our offering is affected by Covid-19.


Sit back and relax on a beautiful century-old pleasure wherry or wherry yacht as our experienced skipper and crew transport you down the river in style.

When booking is open you can find our schedule, with current availability and pricing, on our main sailing page.

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. Please note that for 2020 there are trips on both Hathor and Ardea, with pricing reflecting both the wherry and the nature of catering provided - some trips include an evening meal as well as lunch.

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.


If you simply want to look around a wherry rather than sail, Pleasure Wherry Hathor is in residence at How Hill for the summer (May 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. A wherry yacht will be on view at Womack Water (Ludham) on Sunday 21st June, and at Granary Staithe (Wroxham Bridge) on Sunday 19th July. We will open Hathor as part of the Heritage Open Days (Friday 11th to Sunday 20th September inclusive), and have a wherry yacht at the Museum of the Broads for the same event (Friday 11th to Sunday 13th only). The Museum offers free entry on the Saturday and Sunday that weekend. Wherry viewings run from 10am-5pm and are always free of charge, but we welcome donations.

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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