Boating in the East of England

Whether you love the coast or want to explore our inland waterways, why not hire a row boat or enjoy a peaceful cruise? Here's a selection of boat trips to choose from in the East of England, which are the perfect way to spend a lazy few hours on the water.

Planning your visit

Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

Trees by the river in Dedham Vale


Meander your way along the River Stour between Flatford and Dedham, and enjoy the landscapes from a different perspective. It was this scenery that John Constable took much of his inspiration for his paintings, now you can enjoy it from the river on a leisurely cruise.

 rowing boat on the lake at Hatfield Forest

Hatfield Forest 

Row, row, row your boat on Hatfield Forest’s lake. A boat hire facility has operated at Hatfield Forest from before the Second World War through to the 1980s. Recently, we’ve brought this tradition back, so you can once more enjoy a leisurely row around the lake.

Family in canoes sailing down river

Houghton Mill 

Have you tried paddling along the Great Ouse River and its tributaries surrounding Houghton Mill? You can launch your canoe from the bank into the Mill Pond at Houghton Mill and pass alongside delightful meadows and pastures. If you haven’t got your own canoe, you can hire one from Houghton Boats, located at Houghton Lock.

Seal boat trip

Norfolk Coast 

The best way to get close and personal to the bird and seal colonies on Blakeney Point is to book a trip on one of the locally operated ferry trips departing from Morston Quay. The times vary, depending on the tide and we recommend you book in advance, as the area is popular with wildlife lovers.

A group of visitors on a boat trip at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen 

Wicken Fen is one of Europe's most important wetlands, so there’s no better way to explore this landscape than by boat. Enjoy a peaceful cruise along the waterways of Wicken Fen on the 'Mayfly'. Keep your eyes peeled for the spectacular array of wildlife that call the reserve home along the way.