Bridge Road • Potter Heigham • Norfolk • NR29 5JD
Potter Heigham is a beautiful Norfolk Broads village located on the junction of the A149 from Stalham and the A1064 from Acle. Potter Heigham is one of the major boating centre's on the Norfolk Broads, with many boating holidays or day trips starting from here. The famous medieval bridge gives access to the Upper Thurne, Hickling Broad and Horsey Mere with the banks of the River Thurne at Potter Heigham are lined with waterside bungalows, which can only be accessed by foot or boat.
There are two national nature reserves within a short distance of the village; the Ludham - Potter Heigham NNR is to the west of the village whilst the Heigham Holmes NNR is to the east.
Ludham–Potter Heigham Marshes NNR is a national nature reserve established and owned by English Nature in Norfolk, England. The area was declared an NNR in 1987 as an internationally important wetland site, covering an area of 86 hectares (210 acres) and consists of grass marshes on the north side of the River Thurne between Ludham and Potter Heigham. The dykes which intersect the marshland are habitats for water soldier (Stratoides aloides), whorled water milfoil (Myriophyllum verticillatum), water violet (Hottonia palustris) and floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans). They also support waterfowl such as garganey and shoveller. The marshlands themselves support birds such as redshank, lapwing, oystercatcher and snipe. In recent years, the Norfolk hawker dragonfly (Aeshna isosceles) has been attracted back to this area through specific management of the dykes.
Heigham Holmes is, in effect, an island, being surrounded by the river channels, drainage ditches and wetland areas of the Broads. It is only accessible by an unusual floating swing bridge across the River Thurne from the village of Martham and is only opened to the public for one day a year.
The Weavers Way, a long distance footpath, passes through the village on its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. Being some 56 miles long it passes through Hanworth, Aylsham, North Walsham. Worstead, Stalham, Potter Heigham, Thurne and Halvergate before crossing the marshes around Berney Arms and skirting the northern edge of Breydon Water where it shares the same route as the Wherryman's Way. The name Weavers' Way comes from the cloth industry that was once a major industry in the area before the industrial revolution.
There are numerous boating holiday companies and boatyards in Potter Heigham offering hire craft from luxury cruisers, holiday broads’ cruisers, day boats and also heritage yachts. The hiring companies will provide you with the general instruction of use of vessel as well as safety guidance whilst on the Broads. This is a great place to explore the Norfolk broads whilst on a family boating holiday. Potter Heigham has a designated 24 hour free mooring available with toilet facilities.
The wetland landscape of reed beds and marshes within the Norfolk Broads offers a wide range of fishing for all levels of anglers. The Norfolk Broads support a variety of fresh water fish species: Bream, Roach, Eels, Ruff, Perch, Rudd, Tench, and Pike as well as estuarine species such as flounders, Sea Bass, Grey Mullet and Goby and migratory Sea Trout which can be found close to the sea. Potter Heigham is regarded as a hot spot for Bream, Roach, Hybrids and Eels. Upstream of the New Bridge at Potter Heigham are located wheel-chair friendly fishing platforms.
Lathams of Potter Heigham has served visitors and locals to the Norfolk Broads for well over 30 years. The store has become famous for it's ever changing stock of bargains, the China Warehouse and the renowned Fishing Tackle Department. A trip to The Broads is never complete without a visit to Lathams!
BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads. The setting for the book, ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’ by local children’s author Tom Blofeld, is a wonderful, mystical land of brave, adventurous creatures who you may never see anywhere else in our world. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting day out for the whole family!