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Brograve Mill, Waxham New Cut (Norfolk Broads)

Accessible for local, portable and trailable craft

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Brograve Mill on the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads by boat or canoe.

This Silver Propeller Location is a derelict windmill at the head of navigation on Waxham New Cut off Horsey Mere in the north east of the Broads and is only accessible to craft shorter than 30ft (9.1m) due to the narrowness of the channel.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.


About Brograve Mill and the Broads

The Norfolk & Suffolk Broads are a series of lakes and connecting rivers, very popular with sailing boats and hire craft of all types, with the 125 miles of navigable rivers and broads forming the UK’s largest protected wetland area. Horsey Mere is one of the most northerly broads very close to the North Sea coast.  Waxham New Cut runs due north from Horsey Mere for about 1.5 miles passing the remains of Brograve Mill.  The structure has a distinct lean which is the subject of a local legend: Apparently the devil was so angry with Thomas Brograve for building the mill to reclaim the marshland that he attempted to batter it down during a storm, leaving it with a slight tilt.

The actual head of navigation on Waxham New Cut is about half a mile beyond Brograve Mill at Lound Bridge where there are moored boats and it is wide enough to turn easily. The mill has been chosen as a Silver Propeller Location to encourage visiting boats to this far-flung part of the Broads. A photo of your boat or canoe in the vicinity of Brograve Mill will be a good proof of your visit.

[The Photo shows Brograve Mill  –  by Ian Martin – Wikipedia Public Domain]


Notes for visitors


Postcode: NR12 0EA

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Boat Dimensions

The maximum size of boat that can navigate the Waxham New Cut is:-

Length: 30′ (9.1m) due to tight bends

Beam: There are no locks to limit beam

Height: 6′ 6″ (1.98m) Potter Heigham Bridge

Draught: 5′ 0″ (1.52m)

The Cut is only accessible to craft shorter than 30’ (9.1m) due to the narrowness of the channel. If approaching from the main system along the River Thurne, craft must also be able to pass under the very low Potter Heigham bridge.

Canoeing, Hire Boats and Boat Trips

Canoeing is encouraged on the Waxham New Cut with a Broads Authority licence or British Canoeing membership.

Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips offers skippered wildlife boat trips from May to September from Horsey Mere.


Also see…

Visit Horsey Windpump restored by the National Trust and reopened in 2019 with a tearoom and carpark

Challenge Location

Brograve Mill

Waxham New Cut, Norfolk Broads

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