The Wherry (Gone)
The Wherry at Langley now closed Photo Courtesy of NorfolkNog
Langley Staithe photo courtesy of NorfolkNog
Langley Staithe has very little facilities but is a lovely quiet spot if you want peace and quiet. Approximately half the dyke is currently used for moorings including a limited amount of 24 hour moorings. Most of these are on the north side.
Langley dyke was cut in medieval times to allow stone to be brought from the River Yare to build a Benedictine abbey, the remains of which can be seen in among the farm buildings near the end of the dyke. In later times the narrow waterway continued to be used by Wherries to bring in essential daily supplies, and take out goods for trade.
The dyke lies on the southern bank of the River Yare within the parish of Langley with Hardley between Cantley and Reedham, and is bordered to either side by open marshland. Access by car is by an unadopted private track which leads off Low Road.
The remains of Langley Abbey lie to the north of the site and Wherrymans Way public footpath runs along both banks of the dyke. The northern side has most of the mooring facilities with the southern end of the dyke being mainly reed beds.
Nearby there are a few historical sites such as Grade II listed Hardley Drainage Mill, a 17th century Barn at Staithe farm as well as the possible sites of Langley Roundhouse steam pump and Hardley Mill.
A Neolithic axe head, adze, long barrow and cursus, have been found nearby.