Enjoy the Norfolk Broads at your own pace from the comfort of a luxury cruiser
The little village of Upton lies at the end of Upton Dyke which is marked by a sign for the White Horse Pub on the River Bure. There is a scenic staithe at the bottom of Upton Dyke and nearby there is a community pub and shop plus a children’s play area and historic church.
Better still, there are fabulous walks in Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Upton Broad and Marshes nature reserve – a diverse landscape teaming with wildlife.
The best way to visit Upton is to moor in the parish staithe at the end of Upton Dyke. It’s a peaceful area to relax in with a small lawn, picnic benches and expansive views across the marshes.
A Norfolk Wildlife Trust information sign at the staithe car park marks the start of wonderful walks of various lengths in Upton Broad and Marshes nature reserve. This consists of a windswept grazing marsh flanking Upton Dyke plus a tranquil fen with wet woodland surrounding Upton Broad – a hidden paradise that is cut off from boat traffic.
The reserve is home to some of Norfolk’s rarest wildlife including swallowtail butterflies, Norfolk hawker dragonflies, otters, water voles, and a staggering array of wetland plants including fen orchids.
Upton village centre is a five minute walk from the staithe where there is an excellent community pub and general store as well as a children’s play area at the village hall. The parish church of St Margaret is just beyond the village and has an ancient font dating back to the 14th century.
Upton Parish Staithe
Free 24 hour moorings. General waste and recycling bins at Eastwood Whelpton boatyard which is opposite the staithe.
Eastwood Whelpton boatyard
Broads Hire Boat Federaton Mooring. Will let you moor overnight subject to availability. Located opposite Upton Parish Staithe. 01493 750430.
The White Horse
A community owned, family friendly pub with a large beer garden. Serves home cooked food and real ales. 01493 750696.