Points of Interest in the Local Area
Gay’s Staithe at Neatishead.
The 1881 Census listed the occupier of Wherry Cottage as John Gay who was born in 1828 and was listed as being a Wherryman. We are not sure how far back the name Gay’s Staithe goes, but presumably it was named after John Gay or one of his family.
This walk will help you discover some of the countryside easily reached from the car park or moorings. Irstead Staithe was traditionally used for loading and unloading goods including reed and sedge cut from the marshes. Now it is managed for nature conservation. The boardwalk will take you on a mysterious journey of discovery into a lost world which has remained isolated for half a century. The mystery trail leads through swampy, wildlife-filled carr woodland, with resting places and tapping edges along the way, and emerges to give a surprise panoramic view over Barton Broad, a national nature reserve owned by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Sorry, no dogs except guide dogs on the boardwalk please.
What wildlife lives there?
The boardwalk viewpoint has wonderful vistas across the broad. In summer terns scream and feed their young on the green platforms. You may see playful otters too.
The Norfolk Punt Club on Barton Broad welcomes new members. If you would like to come and have a look at the facilities, go for a trial sail and meet other members, please get in touch with one of the flag officers or the membership secretary.