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Are you feeling fit on your way out of lockdown or do you want to get fit? Our new trail fondly known as “The Waddle” (Walk & Paddle) is for you, offering the perfect work out for body and mind!

Starting with a good walk, through beautiful Norfolk Countryside, exercising those "Lockdown Legs" followed by a return paddle that will give you arms and upper body a gentle work out! You start by parking in Wroxham and picking up the Bure Valley Path that starts beside the Train Station in Wroxham. You then wander (or March!) your way along the beautiful Bure Valley Path into the depths of the Norfolk Countryside following beside the train line. The Walk from Wroxham to Buxton is approx. 5. 5 miles and takes most people 2- 3 hours to complete, Depending if you opt for a coffee stop halfway at one of the many cafés in Coltishall.

Once in Buxton, following the directions we provide, you will arrive at the Canoe launch. Here following you will begin your return journey by canoe to Wroxham. The paddle back is along one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the county and is very much a journey of two halves.

The top end is unnavigable so other than the odd canoe you're unlikely to see many other people. Gin clear water and Amazonian overhanging trees and foliage make it a wonderland for wildlife both above and below the water.

After approximately 2-3 hours you will reach a very short portage (where you get out of your boat and walk round the old lock at Horstead). Some 20 mins after this, you arrive at Coltishall common, which is an ideal stop for either a picnic or a pint at either of the two excellent pubs.

After replenishing your energy, climb back into your Canoe/Kayak and continue the journey back towards your car. The river here is tree lined and widens, and twists and turns as it meanders its way down to Wroxham; great territory for Kingfishers and even otters-so keep your eyes peeled! This section will take most people 2- 3 hrs to complete

About 200m before Wroxham road bridge you will see our base on the left in the garden of the King's Head pub. Here you will end your day (probably with another well deserved "lemonade"). Your car will be a short (5 min) walk from theend point.


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How to book

1. Select a date from the calendar below. An availability list will appear.
2. From this list choose the tab for the hire duration your require.
A list of vacant launch times and the craft availability for each is displayed.
3. Click on your preferred launch time to get a booking form.
4. Add the craft you wish to hire to your basket. We will hold your launch slot and craft for 5 minutes to give you time to checkout.

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