Norfolk Broads

The Broads is Britain’s magical waterland, a uniquely beautiful environment of inland lakes formed from medieval peat excavations, which subsequently flooded. Made up of 43 separate Broads and 6 rivers they are connected by over 200km of lock- free navigable waterways. Its beautiful wild expanse of shallow lakes, woodland, fens and grazing marshes, is home to some of the rarest plants and wildlife in the UK, including the colourful swallowtail butterfly and the enchanting white water lily.

Enjoy the Broads on land or on water! Follow footpaths and cycle routes; sail by the hour, the day or the weekend, canoe, windsurf or take a trip on a Wherry! Stay on a farm, visit unique attractions, enjoy nature reserves, discover places to eat, drink and stay and so much more.

Southern Broads
The southern area of the Broads is formed around the rivers Yare, Chet and Waveney and is one of the quieter areas of the Broads.

Places to visit;

  • Bramerton has an attractive riverside pub with moorings, a common and woods.
  • The pretty 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.
  • Surlingham 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.
  • If you're travelling from Diss, then Beccles or Bungay are the nearest places to access the Broads.
  • Take a trip from Beccles on Liana, an Edwardian-style electric launch and view the delightful surrounding scenery and wildlife.

Northern Broads
The northern section of the Broads is formed around the rivers Bure, Thurne and Ant.

Places to visit;

  • At Whitlingham Country Park you can enjoy a guided trip on Ra, Britain’s first passenger-carrying solar powered boat.
  • How Hill Nature Reserve, including Toad Hole Cottage - a tiny former eel-catcher’s cottage, a wildlife trail on the Electric Eel boat and a wildlife trail.
  • Horning is an attractive village where 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!
  • Hickling is home to the largest of the Broads with 500 acres of open water. It is popular for sailing, windsurfing, birdwatching and fishing.
  • South Walsham is a delightful village with its own picturesque Broad and home to the stunning Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden.
  • Wroxham, the ‘capital of the Broads’ is a bustling village and the starting point for many Broads holidays with rail links to Norwich and North Walsham.

For more information about the Broads contact a Tourist Information Centre or go to Enjoy The Broads.

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