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The Bure Valley Paddle Steamer

Norfolk's first

Ride the train upstream and paddle back down again!

Take the Bure Valley Steam Railway from Wroxham to Buxton where you pick up your canoe and paddle back downstream to your starting point.

Dog Friendly Activity

Once you get off the train in Buxton, there is a short 10/15 minute walk from the station platform to the launch point in the village. You will then be met by a friendly instructor who will check that you’re comfortable with the canoe, paddling and the route and will set you on your way back downstream again! This trip is perfect as you are only ever paddling with the flow, meaning that it is a peaceful and effortless float back downstream into Wroxham. The upper end of The Bure is non-navigable, meaning that there are no motorboats – perfect for when you are just getting your bearings and practising manoeuvring the canoe. Once you are in Coltishall you are then entering navigable water, however by this time you will have had plenty of practice, and there’s very little traffic on the water anyway. Coltishall is also a great stopping point, not only because it is halfway, but also because it is home to a handful of local pubs, 1 of which is right on the riverfront! After you’ve refreshed and refuelled from your stop, it’s then homeward bound back down to Wroxham where you will end at our finish point right in the heart of the village.

There is then plenty of amenities in Wroxham to go to and visit, along with lots of different food options before you head back to your home, hotel, campsite or wherever you’re staying for the evening.

You will be starting your journey at the Bure Valley Railway Station in Wroxham, where you will be catching the 11:15 train (tickets included within the cost of activity). Please allow plenty of time to check in prior to the train departure.
From there, you will be enjoying the journey via train up to Buxton, where you will depart the train and take the short walk down to our launch point in the village. Here you will be greeted by one of our friendly instructors who will get you kitted up and underway on your paddle back downstream.
The paddle will take approximately 5 hours from your launch time.
July 9th - Due to police activity at Horstead Mill, one way activities are currently subject to short notice cancellation. For more information please contact us at info@thecanoeman.com and we will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.

Our One-Way Trips

Please note : The website shows live availability. If your desired options are not available for this site please check an alternative date or venues.

How to book

1. Select a date from the calendar below. An availability list will appear.
2. From this list choose the tab for the hire duration your require.
A list of vacant launch times and the craft availability for each is displayed.
3. Click on your preferred launch time to get a booking form.
4. Add the craft you wish to hire to your basket. We will hold your launch slot and craft for 5 minutes to give you time to checkout.

July 2024
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Paddling Alone: Under the terms of our insurance and licencing we do not allow paddlers out on the water on their own. You must be accompanied by at least one other person.
Lone paddlers are very welcome to join our guided trails or sign up for our paddling lessons.
Adult Groups: Groups of 6 adults or more may need to provide a damage deposit as part of their booking. A member of our staff will contact you once a booking is made to confirm if this is the case. Alternatively, if you would like to know prior to making your booking whether you would be required to pay a damage deposit, please contact us at info@thecanoeman.com.
Minimum Age: At least one of your party must be 18 or over.
Paddle Steamer - Paddle Steamer (5 hrs)
Option Price
2 Person Canoe
2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child Max weight 225kg/36st
3 Person/Family Canoe
3 adults or 2 adults and up to 2 small children (suggested up 10 years old). Max weight 225kg/36st
Have your dog(s) join you on the water! Cost is per dog. If camping with us, dogs must be kept on the lead at the campsite.