Norfolk - River Ant and Barton Broad - Sutton Staithe to Irstead & Neatishead (& return)
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How to get there -
Sutton is on the A419 midway between Cromer and Great Yarmouth. The village staithe (wharf) is just off the main road next to the Sutton Staithe Hotel.
For those with SatNav the postcode is NR12 9QS.
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Suggested Launch Site -
Launch from the staithe.
This trip is a mixture of narrow waterways and open Broad.
Head west to the junction with the River Ant then turn left south towards Barton Broad which is the second largest of all the broads. At the south of the broad there are two waterways. The first is the River Ant which will take you to the village of Irstead with its staithe by the church. The second is Lime Kiln Dyke which will take you to the quiet village of Neatishead. This wooded backwater is a true delight for canoeists. If you have time on the return, the village of Barton Turf is only a short detour.
The trip is about nine miles with no portages.
If you want to camp in the area Keelers Meadow campsite is within Yards of the staithe. The facilities are basic.