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Acle

Known as the “Gateway to the Broads”, Acle is a great stop off point en-route to Great Yarmouth, with plenty of moorings and places to eat and drink at Acle Bridge. While there is plenty to keep you entertained here, make sure that you take the time to visit the main market village of Acle, located about a mile from the bridge, for its shopping, flourishing atmosphere and rich history. The surrounding countryside is also a wonderful place for a walk.

At Acle Bridge, boaters are greeted by a long back, offering the ideal place to moor. This is the site of the annual Acle regatta, which sees dozens of traditional yachts competing in May, but otherwise is the perfect place to sit back and admire the scenery!

The best way to take in the open views of wild marshes is to stretch your legs and make the most of a wonderful network of footpaths both above and below the bridge, including the Weavers Way long-distance footpath. A circular walk along the River Bure to Upton and across the fields to Acle village is a favourite with locals.

Full of historic charm and a great place to stock up on supplies, a visit to the bustling market village of Acle is well worth the mile-long walk along a pleasant roadside footpath. It boasts some very attractive 17th and 18th century buildings and Acle’s star attraction, St Edmund’s Church, which dates back to the 13th century and wows visitors with its turreted round tower and thatched nave.

There is no shortage of amenities, including a supermarket, butcher’s and a bank, as well as cash points, a post office, hardware store, newsagent, restaurants, takeaways, cafes and pubs, plus a library, chemist, doctor’s surgery, opticians, vets and train station. A small market is held every Thursday morning, with a live auction of household furniture and decorative items.

Moorings in Acle:

Bridgecraft boatyard – Pump out, water, refuse disposal available. 01493 750972.

Broads Boating Company – Charges apply but can be reimbursed against the cost of food purchased at Pedros. Diners can book a mooring in advance. Pump out available. 01493 750283.

Upstream of Acle Bridge – Ample side on mooring on a long grassy bank.

Acle Bridge Inn – Mooring by the pub, free of charge until 6pm, after then charge applies. Mooring fee redeemable against food.

Eating Out:

The Bridge – Family friendly riverside pub, with a large beer garden and moorings. Serves traditional fayre. 01493 750288.

Pedros – Tapas themed restaurant and bar with a twist. Dogs welcome in the bar area only. Located in the Broads Boating Company boatyard, where mooring fees can be redeemed against food. 01493 750972.