The Broadland Village of Horning is located within the
Norfolk Broads National Park. It was during the 1930s
that the village of Horning inspired Arthur Ransome the
author of 'Swallows and Amazons' to base some of his
later books on the area. The writer was on holiday in
the Norfolk Broads and was so taken with the locality
that he decided to base his stories using the village
and waterways as the books backdrop.
The books are a delightful children's romp involving
boats, bird watching and lot of skulduggery. All of
which can be enjoyed in this area to this day, though
perhaps not the skulduggery. Many of the landmarks that
Arthur Ransome photographed for his books are still
recognisable, so little has changed.
The village is in the heart of the Broads National Park
and hugs the banks of the river Bure for just over a
mile. Cottages and modern houses line the bank of this
trim little village with waterways running up into the
gardens, which are linked by picturesque little
bridges. This probably explains why Arthur Mee
described the village of Horning as Venice in
The village is very popular during high season and
ducks, cruisers, brightly painted leisure crafts and
boats from the nearby yacht club jostle with each other
in Horning's waters. A paddle steamer departs from the
quay adjacent to the Swan Inn during the summer months,
adding to the villages picturesque quality.
In front of the village green is a small staithe with
limited mooring. The village has a good range of shops,
including a mini-market and post office and lots of
places to eat.
Fishermen come to display their
patience on the banks of the river and for those of you
wishing to take to the waters, day boats are available
for hire in the village.
On the opposite bank are Cockshoot Dyke
and Cockshot Broad with their broad walk nature trail,
well worth a visit.
There are a number of regattas and
boating events throughout the year including the Three
Rivers Race, the Yare Navigation Race and Horning Week.
Horning is located nine miles from the historic city of
Norwich with all its shops and theatres and just under
three miles from the busier Broadland village of
Wroxham. A trip to the coast and sandy beaches is
around thirty minutes drive away. Or visit the
beautiful Broadland village of Ranworth famous for its
church and its position on the Broad. Ranworth's church
tower is knicknamed the Cathedral of the Broads and for
the energetic, can be climbed, with the reward on a
clear day, of a view of five Norfolk Broads, the
National Trust's Horsey Mill, the sea at Great Yarmouth
and on a very clear day the spire of Norwich Cathedral.
Arthur Ransome'sbook the Coot Club
first published in 1934 was based in Horning. One of the
illustration done by Arthur Ransome can be seen to
contain the Ship Inn in the background.