Southern Broads

The pretty market town of Loddon sits on the tranquil River Chet and offers access to the Southern Broads so it's the ideal place to hire a day boat or holiday cruiser. The Southern Norfolk Broads offer some of Britain's finest wetlands with miles of navigable waterways set amongst marshland and reed beds. The area is perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling and birdwatching or simply relaxing. Nearby are the ruins of Langley Abbey, dissolved in 1536, close to the Yare and the Wherryman's Way.

A few miles north is the Ted Ellis Nature Reserve at Wheatfen Broad, described by Dr David Bellamy 'as important as Mount Everest, or the giant redwood forests of America. It is probably the best bit of fen land we have, because we know so much about it'. In the heart of the Southern Broads, Wheatfen is a wild and remote area of open fen, reed-beds, alder and willow woodlands with two small broads and a nature trail. Opposite the village church, the RSPB's reserve at Surlingham features a circular walking route of one and a half to two miles. There is a diverse range of wildlife to be seen although you will definitely need walking boots or Wellingtons!

Whitlingham Broad offers sailing tuition, canoeing and other watersports, and is just a stone's throw away from Norfolk's only dry ski-slope.

If buzzy shopping or a night at the theatre are your thing, head into Norwich, with its rich cultural, retail and entertainment scene, while staying in the relaxing and charming surrounding of the South Norfolk countryside or a traditional market town.

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