Wherry Hathor on tour

An Edwardian wherry, originally built for the mustard-producing Colman family, will take visitors to the Broads on leisurely trips along the rivers from Saturday, August 2.

An Edwardian wherry, originally built for the mustard-producing Colman family, will take visitors to the Broads on leisurely trips along the rivers from Saturday, August 2.

Hathor, a 103-year-old pleasure wherry will carry passengers from How Hill on the River Ant via Ranworth, Lowestoft and Beccles before ending her tour on the River Bure at Wroxham.

The trips, organised by the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable trust which restored three of the eight wherries remaining on the Broads, run until September 11.

There will be opportunities for people to step aboard and have a look round Hathor, named after the Egyptian goddess of love and joy, at various points along her tour. An Egyptian theme runs through the boat - it is decorated with hieroglyphics, lotus flowers and animals inlaid in wood.

Free viewings during the first week of tours will be at:

t Ranworth on August 2 between 3pm and 8pm, and August 3 between 10am and 1pm;

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t South Walsham on August 4 between 1pm and 3pm;

t Upton on August 4 between 5pm and 7pm, and August 5 between 10am and 3pm;

t Oulton Broad on August 7 between 10am and 8pm.

Hathor will also be on view at Lowestoft at various times between August 8 and 14.

To book a trip call the Broads Authority on 01603 610734.