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Our 'Day in the Broads'
guide contains lots of ideas for things to see and do and a useful map.
To download and print a copy of the guide in pdf format:
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The southern area of the Broads
is formed around the rivers Yare, Chet and Waveney
. One of the quieter areas, it is picturesque, with a surprising amount to discover.
has an attractive riverside pub with moorings, a common and woods. The small market town of Loddon
on the River Chet
is a thriving and active centre for boating with a pretty staithe, good moorings and has a waterside area perfect for picnics! It also has an impressive 15th century church.
is a tranquil village with many thatched cottages on a horseshoe bend in the River Yare
. The RSPB Surlingham Church Marshes are a must for botanists and birdwatchers. Brundall
bustles with river activity, making it popular with holiday-makers. Reedham
is a historic and charming riverside village.
Take a trip from Beccles
on Liana, an Edwardian-style electric launch, and view the delightful surrounding scenery and wildlife. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Broads’, Acle
is a flourishing market town and has rail connections with Norwich
and Great Yarmouth
. In Reedham
, by the popular Reedham Ferry Inn, you can discover the only remaining car and passenger ferry in the Broads
The northern section of the Broads
is formed around the rivers Bure, Thurne and Ant
. At Barton Broad
you can enjoy a guided trip on Ra, Britain’s first passenger-carrying solar powered boat. How Hill Nature Reserve
incorporates Toad Hole Cottage, a tiny former eel-catcher’s cottage, a wildlife trail where visitors can take a ride on the Electric Eel boat
and a walking wildlife trail.
is an attractive village – the Ferry Inn marks where a river crossing has existed for more than 1,000 years. The charming village of Coltishall
sits alongside the River Bure. It has a pretty village green, antique shops, a thatched church, picturesque houses and two riverside pubs.
is home to the largest of the Broads
, with 500 acres of open water. It is popular for sailing, windsurfing, birdwatching and fishing and is just a short distance from the coast. Potter Heigham
is another firm favourite with holiday-makers, with lots to keep all the family entertained.
If you’re feeling energetic, climb the winding, spiral stone staircase of Ranworth church
, and be rewarded with magnificent views of the Broads. Ranworth conservation centre is moored on the Broad and is great for birdwatching. South Walsham
is a delightful village with its own picturesque Broad and home to the stunning Fairhaven Woodland & Water Gardens
, the ‘capital of the Broads’ is a bustling village and the starting point for many Broads
holidays with rail links to Norwich
. You can hire sailing craft, day launches and don’t forget shopping at Roys, ‘the world’s largest village store’. Its neighbour, Hoveton
, lies just north of the river Bure.
The 280 acre Whitlingham Country Park
just outside Norwich
is another highlight, offering space to walk, cycle, and picnic together with a café, visitor centre and great facilities for watersports.
And this is just a taster of the many wonderful towns and villages in the Broads
that are waiting to be explored. What are you waiting for?
For more information on exploring the Broads
on the water, either on a guided tour or with a self drive craft, see On the Water
If you require detailed directions or have any specific mapping requirements, please contact one of our Broads Tourist Information Centres
at Hoveton/Wroxham or Ranworth.
produce a detailed tourist map covering the whole of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads at 1:50,000, with useful boating and tourist information on the reverse. Cost: £4.95 ISBN 0 86351 167 8