We motored down the river Ant, crossing Barton Broad and heading briefly up to Neatishead before turning and cruising back across Barton Broad and on down towards Irstead.
Sunday morning saw us head off down to Antmouth and turn east on the river Bure passing the ruins of St Benets Abbey (which we would visit later).
Tuesday morning was much nicer with a return to sunshine. I'd arranged to meet some guys from the canoe forum here at 10a.m. and while I was eating breakfast (at 8:30) I saw a guy checking out the cut and wondered if he was one of them, he disappeared and I decided it couldn't be. Shortly after I spotted a canoe and sail at the end of the cut so I walked down and said hello and it was the same person (who turned out to be Ian). After a chat he headed off onto the Broad for a sail and I wandered up to the car park to see if Greg and Chris had arrived yet.
That evening Val and I walked to the Greyhound pub in Hickling village (another twenty minute walk away) for dinner which was excellent. On the way back we were treated to a lovely sunset and saw a barn owl hunting.
We had a look in Hoveton Little Broad, Salhouse Broad and Wroxham Broad before arriving in Wroxham (which again seemed a little busy and pretentious).
We left early the next morning (Friday) leaving Coltishall and retracing our route downriver.
I was worried that going back on the Broads for a second year might be an anticlimax but it was quite the opposite. If anything I enjoyed the trip even more than last years and I'd recommend the Broads as a relaxing holiday destination if you don't want to travel abroad.