The Broads are a network of dazzling waterways, complete with windmills and a varied array of wildlife. This magical National Park has more waterways than Amsterdam and more miles of water than Venice. It really is the Aquaman of Britain’s National Parks, and most easily traversed by boat. It’s also close to Norwich, is home to plenty of wildlife, and has superb attractions just waiting to be discovered. Read on for our Spotlight on… Norfolk Broads!
Did you know?
The Broads’ landscape is actually a man-made byproduct of some two centuries of excavation. In the 12th century, the area inhabitants began to dig enormous pits and extract peat as a primary fuel source. The diggings slowly filled with water and eventually became an enormous wetland!
Where is it?
The Broads National Park is located in both Norfolk and Suffolk and is found to the west of the city of Norwich along the beautiful Norfolk Coastline.
What to do
Get on your bike!
You might have heard all about boating on the Broads, but travelling the Broads by bike is a very popular family activity. The meandering lanes and many trails link the beaches and attractions, so you can see a lot on two wheels. There are plenty of bike hire business throughout the Norfolk Broads, all of which who would be able to help you plan out a trip. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by a riverside pub for some mid-ride refreshments!
Take a boat trip
There’s no more relaxing way to spend an afternoon than slowly cruising down the river, enjoying the beautiful landscape and local wildlife aboard a chartered passenger day boat. Taking a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads is one of the best ways to see and explore this unique landscape and well worth a family ticket. Barton Broad offers a unique eco boat trip onboard Britain’s first solar-powered passenger boat, for a totally environment-friendly family boat trip that is fun for all ages.
Explore the wildlife
The Norfolk Broads are buzzing when it comes to unique wildlife and flora. A diverse landscape, the Broads are home to kingfishers, moorhens, otters and several birds of prey. The waters are also well populated; providing a welcome home to frogs, newts, eels and certainly a pike or two. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around and see if you can spot Britain’s largest butterfly, the swallowtail, and the rare Norfolk hawker dragonfly.
What to eat
The Bure River Cottage Restaurant is a stunning seafood restaurant in the picturesque village of Horning. It serves up fresh seafood goodness from the best Norfolk and Suffolk producers, as well as an extensive wine selection. There’s so much amazing seafood to choose from here, but make sure you leave room for dessert too as they all sound delicious.
Where to stay
Inviting Horning Rental
Inviting Horning Rental is a thatched, late seventeenth century cottage right in the heart of Horning – one of the Broads prettiest riverside villages. The accommodation is spacious, well equipped and benefits from a fully enclosed garden with two patio areas.