We are only a two minute walk from the river, where you can fish, sail or row. Simply walk along the river bank into Potter Heigham village which is only 20-25 minutes away, where there is boat hire available, a fish and chip shop, two pubs and a restaurant.
Within minutes of leaving the site by foot, you can be strolling along the idyllic river into Potter Heigham one way, or to Thurne the other; if it’s too hot to bare the sun, choose a lovely shady walk through the woods, taking you into Thurne for a cooling drink at The Lion pub before your return.
A short boat ride away, you could be sitting by the ruins of St. Benet’s abbey, perfect for a picnic, if you have the use of your own, or a hire boat for a day, you can explore the delights of Horning, a picturesque village with many eatery delights, and pretty shops and riverfront properties, the river through Potter Heigham, under the famous low bridge, will take you through to Hickling, wonderful for bird watching, and can always be helped along by a lovely meal at one of the local pubs.
Not forgetting, that for hardy walkers, we are on the Weaver’s way, miles, and miles of beautiful countryside and river walks.
Just a few hundred yards down the lane, there are footpaths; left takes you to Repps-With-Bastwick and right takes you through the woods to Thurne.
Just a two minute walk from the site you have the use of
this free Staithe, where you can launch day boats, paddle boards and canoes.
Fishing spots are available along the River Thurne (fishing licences required).
BridgeStones of Potter is a twenty minute walk from Willowcroft along the river footpath. The interior is a mix of comfortable modern and traditional decor . There is also outside seating for alfresco riverside eating, perfect for a relaxing drink and bite to eat, dogs are also welcome in the garden area.
A friendly family run pub. Serving great food and beer. Dog friendly.
The Norada is a family run pub, serving homemade food using locally sourced produce next to Potter Heigham bridge.
Latham’s discount store, which has everything to keep the ladies amused for hours including a coffee shop, large china warehouse and garden centre, while the men check out all the latest in fishing equipment.
Day boats are available to hire if you wish to explore the Norfolk Broads.
Indian Takeaway in Repps with Bastwick offering delivery to the Willowcroft site.
Chip shop located next to Potter Heigham bridge for Take Away.
Located on the main road, is a fuel garage and essential supplies if required.
One of my favourite cycle routes, takes you along the riverbank into Potter Heigham and then through Potter Heigham village; keeping to all the back roads, so no traffic!
Then through Hickling village, (if you wanted to make a day of it you could stop off at Hickling Broad National Nature Reserve). Follow the Hickling road up to the coast road and then to sea Palling Beach, which is a beautiful sandy beach. The route is 8.5 miles which at a steady pace should take about 45 minutes, but well worth the effort.
Visit the Seals at Horsey
Another place worth cycling to or just a short drive away is Horsey, to see the seals.
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