Potter Heigham is the starting point for many people's boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads. Once your boat has passed under the town's famous 14th century bridge and started the journey along the River Thurne then you know that the holiday has really begun.
The area around the river is largely centred on the sailing and tourism industries, with lots of moorings and many yards offering boats both for sale and for hire. The most famous yard is Herbert Wood's, which has been going since 1928. You will also find a small selection of food and drink outlets to make sure that you set sail on a full stomach, while the ever popular Latham's store is something a local institution.
A stroll along the scenic Weaver's Way footpath is your only chance to see houses along the river bank during your holiday, as the timber bungalows here are unique in being the only houses which have been allowed to be built so close to the water on the Norfolk Broads. The path goes all the way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
The residential part of the village is located about half a mile away, on the opposite side of the A149 road, and is worth visiting for the grade A listed St Nicholas´ church found here, which has a thatched roof, round tower and original parts dating back to the 12th century. Other listed buildings nearby include High's mill, Heigham Holes windpump and Sunways corn mill.
The village has some literary links as it was home to Norfolk humourist Sidney Grapes, while The Phantom Ghost of Potter Heigham, The Ghostly Drummer and Arthur Ransome's Coot Club were all set here.
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