Area: 880 km²
Source: South of Melton Constable
Mouth: Great Yarmouth
Navigation: The Bure is navigable for motor boats from Horstead Lock (though few go above Coltishall) to the sea. Multiple mills between Aylsham and Coltishall require many portages however the river is popular with canoeists.
The Bure rises south of Melton Constable and flows through Saxthorpe Mill, Itteringham Mill and Bickling Mill before being joined by the Scarrow Beck which flows from Hanworth, there is another mill on the river at Ingworth. After Coltishall the river meanders in a large loop around Belaugh and is joined by Spixworth Beck just below Little Switzerland. The Bure now becomes much busier as it flows through Wroxham and there are multiple broads to both sides of the channel. Restoration work can be seen on Hoveton Great Broad where a nature trail can be accessed by boat. Below Horning, and just before St Benet’s Abbey, the River Ant joins the river. The Thurne then joins at Thurne Mouth. The Bure meanders towards Acle and just after Stokesby it is joined by Muck Fleet which brings in water from the Trinity Broads.
Environment Agency records show that the Bure catchment is made up of thirty water bodies, of these six are natural, one is artificial and twenty three are heavily modified. Only one of the thirty waterbodies fails to meet the 2016 Cycle 2 target for good chemical status. For ecological status or potential two are graded good, seventeen moderate and eleven poor.
Initiatives within the Bure catchment include the National Trust RiverLands project in the Upper Bure, the Living Landscapes initiatives run by Norfolk Wildlife Trust in the mid to lower Bure Valley and the Thurne and the Trinity Broads Partnership. Community initiatives include the Bure Valley Conservation Group and the Felbeck Trust.