Approached via Fleet Dyke
Mooring at South Walsham for row boats only. Home to two churches.
Public Moorings (Fleet Dyke)
Russel Marine for Diesel & Pump-out
Home to "Fairhaven Garden Trust"
Kings Head Chinese Restaurant
The Ship Inn
The village of South Walsham lies about a mile from South Walsham Broad and is a typical Broadland village. In the centre of the village you will find the Ship Inn which has recently been refurbished after quite a long closure.
South Walsham churchyard is home to not one but two churches, St. Mary's and St. Lawrence. St. Mary's houses some beautiful stained glass windows of which much is from the workshop of William Morris. The grave slab of Richard de Suthwalsham, Abbot of the nearby St Benet's Abbey, who died in 1439, is near the altar.
In 1827, St Lawrence was gutted by fire. The chancel was made safe but the rest was left to crumble. In spring 1971 the tower was struck by lightning and shortly afterwards the sonic boom of a low-flying plane caused it to collapse! The ruins have now been completely restored and St. Lawrence is now a study centre.
The village sign shows a Saxon warrior and a Danish ship. In the background is a drainage mill and the towers of the two churches of South Walsham.
South Walsham Broad is approached by boat via Fleet Dyke and is split into two parts with the inner broad being private and forming part of the nearby Fairhaven Gardens. There are free moorings along Fleet Dyke within walking distance of the village but the moorings at the village staithe at the south easter corner of the broad are very shallow and suitable for rowboats only. Mudweighting is permitted on the outer broad but the private inner broad is open for navigation only and mooring is not allowed. A path leads around the edge of the broad to the village past some lovely homes and cottages some with their own boathouses on the edge of the river.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden consists of over 130 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, along with water gardens and a private broad. If visiting in May you will see the best naturalised collection of candelabra primulas in the UK. Boat Trips on a Edwardian-style launch 'Primrose' run every day from April to the end of October.
Fairhaven is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and has a tearoom, gift shop, children's trail and plant sales area stocked with rare and unusual plants. Most of the garden is accessible to wheelchair users.
Russell Marine 01603 270262
Butane & Propane gas sales
South Walsham Post Office 01603 270255
The Ship Inn 01603 270049
The Kings Head Chinese Restaurant
On the 1st of May each year a ghostly Viking longboat can be seen drifting ablaze in the middle of the broad.