Mill by Kayak

Mill by Kayak Experience…

Mill by Kayak | Trips to Thurne Mill by Kayak from the Wind Energy Museum

Thurne Mill is one of the most iconic mills on the Broads and certainly the most photographed, and this is your opportunity to not only visit the mill for a private tour, but also to arrive there by water in a very unique way – by kayak!

On this experience you will be start your journey at The Wind Energy Museum, the UK’s premier wind heritage site dedicated to preserving the heritage of wind power past, present & future – this place in itself is a wonder! From here you will take the short walk to the staithe where you will be met by your expert river guide and the super-stable & rudder steered kayaks that will be your transportation out to Thurne Mill.

You will then begin the short journey up the river Thurne towards the mill, passing all the wonderful riverside houses and then out into open marshland and the river lined with the iconic Norfolk reeds where there will be every opportunity for you to see/hear Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Bearded Tits, Reed Buntings and Warblers, Avocets and perhaps Bittern, Otter, Water Voles and more!

After a little while on the river the wonder of white painted Thurne Mill will come into view – this will be where you alight from your kayak and be met by your mill guide who will then proceed to give you historical facts about the mill and show you around this amazing, working building.

Then, fresh with all this new information in your mind you’ll get back into the kayaks for a reverse paddle down the river with your guide, back to the staithe where you’ll alight and head back to the Wind Energy Museum for either a Strawberry Cream Tea or a nice warming Hot Soup and Hearty Bread roll to finish off what will be a very unique experience indeed!

What’s Included:

Qualified River Guide

Thurne Mill Expert

Kayaks, Paddles, Bouancy Aids, Spraydecks, Gloves (for colder weather), Drysacks

All Safety Equipment

Hot Soup & Bread Roll or Strawberry Cream Tea

If you have any questions or queries, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll only be too pleased to help you get the best out of your experience.

Book your Mill by Kayak Experience:

Book by email, call Debra Nicholson on 07796407864, or Book online.


Is there a minimum age requirement to participate on this trip?

We operate a minimum age of 10 years old for these trips – this is due to the length of the trip, potential weather conditions and also equipment levels. Please note that each minor booked on to a trip must be accompanied by the allocated responsible adult the same boat – so, 1:1 minor/adult.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, due to the aqauatic nature of kayaking we ask that you can confidently swim a minimum of 25m unadied. Should you not be a swimmer then we will still happily take you out, but this must be booked on a private 1:1 basis – please enquire directly is this in more suitable for you on:

Do I need any other clothing?

It is highly advisable that you bring a waterproof/windproof jacket and (trousers if you have them), and also to wear a bottom layer and fleece layer in order to keep you warm and dry during the winter/colder paddling months.

Are there any further forms to fill in?

Yes, before the start of any activity you will be required to complete and sign a ‘Client Detail Waiver’ form

Cancellation due to inclement weather:

All trips and experiences are subject to weather conditions and availability of guides and maybe be cancelled or postponed at short notice. Should this be the case then you will be notified as soon as possible and offered an alternative date for the trip or a full refund.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email: with any questions or queries.

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