Recharge the spirit

Assist with navigation; forage and fish for your meals; visit special places that can only be accessed by sea and creek.

salt marsh sail

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sail & walk

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traditional sea training

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Recharge the family

Create a memory that will last a lifetime with an indulgent charter with friends and family on the Norfolk coast.

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Recharge the team

Blue sky thinking takes on real meaning when you're at sea. Re-energise the team with an away day aboard one of our boats.

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what we do

“We create fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging, but undoubtedly life-enriching adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats, based in Wells-next-the-Sea, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Run by a small, local team of professional adventurers, we skipper and host trips ranging from four hours to three days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature – the pace is yours to choose.

We only use locally sourced high-quality food and drink on our sails, ensuring a full Norfolk experience. Our philosophy is to run a sustainable business by investing in slow food, community engagement projects and the movement of cargo under sail.”


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Coastal sails from Wells to Cley and other recommended sails!

WEEKLY SAILS Saturday 21st September 2019

Saturday 21st September – depart Wells 1030 return 1400
Join us on the mussel flat as we cross Wells harbour and head out to discover the remote East Hills
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Sunday 22nd September – depart Wells 1100 return 1430
Join us on a lunchtime sail through saltmarsh and sea watching for wildlife in and around Wells marsh
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Monday 23rd September – depart Wells 1130 return 1500
Experience the sights, sounds and the tangy smell of our saltmarshes as we set sail bound for Stiffkey
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Tuesday 24th September – depart Wells 1330 return 1700
Experience engineless sailing harnessing the tide wildlife watching around wonderful Warham Marsh
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Wednesday 25th September – depart Wells 1500 return 1830
Join us on our afternoon’s excursion exploring the creeks, channels and saltmarsh of Wells
Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Thursday 26th September – depart Wells 1545 return 1915
Join us on our largest boat as we explore our heritage coastline down to Scolt Head and Holkham bay
Whelk boat max 10 persons – exclusive charter £695 or £95 per person

Friday 27th September – depart Wells 1600 return 1930
Set sail with us as we cross Wells harbour and adventure out over to East Hills
Whelk boat max 10 persons – exclusive charter £695 or £95 per person

Saturday 28th September – depart Wells 1730 arrive Cley 2130
Experience an evening’s high adventure as we make for the former bustling Medieval port of Cley
Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £95 per person

Sunday 29th September – depart Cley 0600 arrive Wells 1000
An early start catches us the tide as we set sail bound for Wells encountering marsh and sea en route
Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £95 per person

Exclusive musical events in wild and beautiful places

James Boyd's Wilderness concerts reflect James’ love for adventure and wild spaces. They are immersive experiences – thought-provoking, uplifting and unforgettable.
Each Wilderness Concert is a world-class experience aboard our beautiful wooden boats in the heart of the salt marshes. Locally sourced artisan food, roaring wood burning stove, remote anchorages set the scene.
Immerse yourself in the cry of wading birds, wide skies, the trickle of the tide and a concert experience that will become a lifetime memory.

Concert Programme -

The Age of Discovery
26th October 1630 - 1900 James Laing Countertenor and James Boyd Guitar

"Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott
...musical distinction, emotional precision and a keen dramatic urgency…”
The Boston Globe

'Each note falls like a teardrop such is the beauty of Boyd's tone and deeply expressive phrasing
International record review

What most impresses is Boyd's sense of naturalness, of ebb and flow, recalling both Bream's and Segovia's willingness to savour the moment
Gramophone Magazine

Guests' reviews

swallows and amazons

“FOLLOW THE WITHIES,” advises Henry, as I tug on the wooden tiller of his clinker-built, 1950s crab boat My Girls with trepidation, watching the narrow, marshy creek zig-zag before her prow.

“Swallows and Amazons, remember? Secret Water? Withies are the sticks that mark the channel, so you know where it is at high tide,” he explains. I spot them, a reassuring line of thin willows, standing upright above swirling eddies of muddy water, steadfastly marking deep water and our safe passage.

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Learn to sail with the RYA-accredited Norfolk etc (01263 740704; or book a sailing expedition in a traditional Norfolk fishing boat through the newly launched Coastal Exploration Company for an adventurous trip along the coast and along the atmospheric creeks and backwaters between Thornham and Cley in North Norfolk. Spot wildlife, catch mackerel, learn about navigation and enjoy delicious homemade food.

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Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then vanish, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Further ahead, a group lie motionless on the water, as if levitating. It takes me a moment to realise that the sea is so shallow they are resting on a submerged sand bank.

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