The Village of Horning in Norfolk
A visitors guide to the Broadland Village
of Horning 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
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 Broadland.
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
book 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.
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