Boat Trips

Explore the beautiful Norfolk Broads from a new perspective with our guided wildlife water trails!

Journey into the hidden heart of the Broads and discover wildlife-rich marshes, reedbeds and wet woodlands, up close and personal, at Hickling Broad and Ranworth Broad.

Join us at Hickling for a trip on our 12-seater boat, Swallowtail, or our historic Norfolk reedlighter, Little Tern, where you'll look out for marsh harriers, great crested grebes and the elusive bittern.

At Ranworth, take a seat on our 12-seater boat, Damselfly, to look out for common terns, kingfishers and otters.

Our boat trips, which run from Easter until the end of October, are the perfect way to explore the natural treasures that the Broads hold and we have a number of different trips on offer. Take a look at our 2021 timetable to find out how to book your ideal trip.
We apologise that we will not be running the Hickling Tree Tower trips from the Pleasureboat Inn on weekends for the foreseeable future. The normal daily service on board Swallowtail leaving from the reserve is operating as usual. We will update the website when this situation changes. 

Covid-19 guidelines (as of August 2021)

Staff and visitors on boat trips are expected to adhere to the Covid-19 guidance set out by the government relating to social distancing, hygiene and sanitation. In order to achieve this, the following measures are currently in place. These will be continually reviewed in line with any future government changes.

  • Capacity will be limited to 10 passengers currently.
  • All bookings should ideally be made in advance by phone. Bookings will be managed in such a way as to maximize capacity; this may mean on occasion that we ask visitors to consider alternate booking times to allow us to operate within these measures and to ensure we can accommodate everyone's needs as fully as possible.
  • The boat will be managed with a 1m plus separation zone between operator and visitors and between two household sets. One household will be positioned in the upper limits of the bow, whilst the other household will be positioned to the rear of the embarkation steps.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used on embarking and disembarking.
  • Life jackets will be rotated between trips and sanitized at the end of each trip.
  • Assistance in fastening jackets must be verbally directed by operators, with practical assistance only from a member of the same household.
  • Boats are sanitised between trips, paying special attention to all touch points.
  • For visitors embarking or disembarking, only verbal direction can be given by boat operators. Any practical assistance required can only be given by a member of the same household.
  • The tree tower at Hickling will be open; social distancing must be maintained on route and whilst ascending, on the platform and descending the tower.
  • NWT binoculars and scopes will not be available for visitors currently, so please bring your own if you wish to use these.

Reserve list

Hickling Broad and Marshes
600 hectares, NNR, SSSI, Ramsar, SPA, SAC
Reserve Info
Ranworth Broad and Marshes
136 hectares, NNR, Ramsar, SAC, SPA, SSSI
Reserve Info